Wednesday, 2 May 2012

Visitors on target for Stafford castle summer season

Visitors to Stafford Castle will be aiming to hit the mark this weekend as a popular archery programme fires the attraction into life for the new season.

The ‘have a go archery’ event is run on the first Sunday of every month until October, and gives budding Robin Hoods the chance to practice their longbow skills. 

And this year a new adult’s longbow making course will be taking place at the Castle in June. 

As well as the archery, guests can try on arms and armour in the museum, explore the Medieval castle, and enjoy a walk around the woodland trail.

Entrance to the Castle is free, with 5 arrows costing £1 for anybody wanting to have a go at the archery.

The programme signals the start of what will be a busy summer season at the Castle, with many high profile events taking place.

First built by William the Conqueror, the castle has dominated the Stafford skyline for more than 900 years and is considered to be one of the best surviving examples of Norman earthworks in the country. 

The historic surroundings provide the backdrop for the 22nd Stafford Festival Shakespeare, bringing the ultimate love story, Romeo and Juliet between June 28 and July 14.  

And the castle will come alive to the sound of music as the Live @ The Castle event takes place on July 15.

For more information about opening times and events at Stafford Castle, visit or telephone 01785 257698 for details.

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