One from way back in the archives: Sir H is fighting off raiders from his castle, but can you caption it?
H like many other small boys has always loved the whole knights, castles, jousting thing. We have been to Warwick Castle so many times to see a fabulous castle, see knights in armour, jousting, falconry, etc. We have visited for special events like Halloween and we have even stayed there overnight in their Knight’s Lodges. It’s one of the best preserved castles around and there’s always so much to see and do there.
There have been any number of other trips to castles over the years: Alnwick Castle, Okehampton Castle, and many more. Sometimes it’s great to see a castle still being used, still in good condition and other times it’s somehow more romantic and fun to roam and play in one that is ruined. They have so many stories to tell.
For H dressing up as and playing as a knight has always been a lot of fun. He’s always enjoyed books, stories, TV shows about knights and their deeds. I’ve even managed to get him to watch Shakespeare plays because of it – he’s a fan of the play Henry V – we have the Kenneth Brannagh version on DVD. H has enjoyed watching jousting reenactments and sword fights. Warwick Castle put on an excellent jousting show each summer and it’s always a spectacular watch and a real highlight of any visit there. We have a lot of swords, shields, daggers, axes: all manner of medieval weaponry made out foam, wood or plastic in our toy collection. When H’s cousins come round, you can guarantee the weapons will be out and there will be a pitched battle on the stairs. There’s something magical and exciting about this era of history.