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“1940's weekend”
Review of Tutbury Castle

Tutbury Castle
Ranked #1 of 7 things to do in Tutbury
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Owner description: tuated in the heart of England, Tutbury Castle sits on wooded slopes overlooking the winding River Dove, with spectacular views across the plain of the Dove to the beautiful Derbyshire hills. Its commanding view and natural defensive position makes this an obvious site for a castle. Occupied since the Stone Age, the castle is first recorded in 1071, as one of the new castles built to stamp the authority of the Norman conquerors across the Midlands. Since then, the castle has played an important part in English history on many occasions, in warfare and in peace. The castle is best known as one of the prisons of Mary Queen of Scots, who was held here on four occasions. It was here that she became involved in the plot that ultimately led to her bloody execution at Fotheringhay. Seat of the de Ferrers family, and later of the earls and dukes of Lancaster, Tutbury was also one of the great centers of power in medieval England. It was visited by many English kings, and home to the great John of Gaunt, 2nd Duke of Lancaster, who established a great annual feast. This tradition lasted for hundreds of years. It also had its bloodier side, as it was besieged, destroyed and rebuilt several times. It was destroyed for the last time by Act of Parliament in 1647-48, after holding out for Charles I in the Civil War. The destruction was incomplete, leaving the dramatic ruins that we see today, and the castle has never been completely abandoned. Since 2000, the castle has taken on a new life, welcoming thousands of visitors every year. With historical re-enactment, archaeological excavation, an authentic Tudor garden and mediaeval herbery, the ‘haunted’ Great Hall and King’s Bedroom, and of course the tearoom, there’s something for everyone.
Reviewed May 28, 2013 via mobile

We bought tickets for the 1940's weekend at Tutbury Castle over the May bank holiday weekend via Wowcher so it cost us £9.50 for four adults. It was a really good day in a lovely village and castle setting at a brilliant price. We went on the Monday and the sun even stayed out until we were on our way home.
Everyone involved really made an effort. The outfits and displays within the castle were just fantastic, the castle itself is a beautiful place. There was a fashion show held by a great character, showing what different classes of people, or professions etc would have worn.
It was a shame that the 'Fly by' couldn't take place but it was understandable as it was a very windy day.
Thanks to all! We had lovely day..
The only suggestion we would make would be to have more stalls with vintage keepsakes on them.

Thank Marie M
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Reviewed May 28, 2013

Great weather over the spring bank holiday saw my wife and myself visit Tutbury Castle for a 1940's day out. We have been to a couple of other 40's does prior to this and they were in towns but this was held just in the castle grounds. Having said that it was a great day for all the family. There was a big number of "troops" from Germany and the US of A plus a hand full from good old "Blighty" The troops were very keen to talk about their weapons and say how they were used. They had their divvies on show along with all that would be used whilst at war. Makes you realize how different war zones are now adays with drowns etc. The civilians were out numbered but this did not take anything away from "A Grand Day Out" with the boot camp, fashion show and so on. Would I go again next year. Yes. Did I enjoy it.Yes Would I recommend it to others, very much so.

Thank john-todd13
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Reviewed May 27, 2013

We decided to try Tutbury castle for the 40,s event as we do participate is several around the country. There were several on this weekend and we could not decide which to visit. We opted for this one and were glad we had. We were pleasantly surprised at the venue as to how friendly all staff were. The prices for everything were kept to a reasonable cost and that was surprising for these kind of venues. The food in the café was good, well presented and very reasonably priced. Even such things as ice cream was not too expensive. It was a dream for photographs and the spitfire flypast was so good to see. We will visit the castle again.

Thank jaspercatYorkshireuk
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Reviewed May 26, 2013

Went today for the 1940's weekend and it was an excellent day. The castle was packed with everything military with different camps for German, American & British troops and all the re-enactors were very informative and helpful. and it seemed that even lots of the visitors got in on the act with dressing up for the part.
The best thing was the fly past of a Spitfire which was one of the most exciting things i've ever seem. The site and sound of it flying by is something i'll never forget.
All the staff were friendly and helpful.
One draw back for a large event such as this is theres not enough carparking but thats really nitpicking to be honest. All in all a good day out.

Thank walsall22
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Reviewed May 20, 2013

Visited Tutbury Castle yesterday with my husband as part of a specially organised Re-enactment photography day. A wonderful opportunity for amateur and professional photographers to practice their skills. All of the volunteer models were amazing and a great day was had. Even the weather was wonderful. We will definitely go again.

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