Bolton Castle Announce 2020 Events

Tuesday, 14th January 2020

Bolton Castle Announce 2020 Events

What’s On: February Half Term to May Half Term 2020

From Saturday 15 February, 10am to 5pm (last entry 4.15pm) Bolton Castle is open every day and admission includes access to a range of fun entertainment, including falconry displays, archery demonstrations, children’s costumes, trails, calligraphy, medieval games and wild boar feeding.  

Commanding outstanding views across the Yorkshire Dales, Bolton Castle in Wensleydale boasts one of the most romantic settings in Yorkshire.  Built as a luxurious home by               Sir Richard Le Scrope 600 years ago, Bolton Castle is one of the best preserved medieval castles in the country and uniquely remains under the private ownership of Lord Bolton, a direct descendant of Sir Richard.  

Opening on Saturday 15 February, the Castle provides a fascinating insight into life within its walls and gardens, with a range of opportunities to see, enjoy and learn how life – warts and all - really was at the castle across the centuries.  The castle also holds a unique position in history as the host of Mary, Queen of Scots, purportedly held here in captivity for the longest time, and who enjoyed some luxury which the Scottish Queen will not have experienced at her previous residence, Carlisle Castle.  Bolton Castle’s The Solar, the family’s well-appointed suite of rooms, held her and her many servants until her escape with the help of her supporters.  Local history reveals that she was eventually recaptured nearby on a hill which today bears the name Shawl Hill, after her shawl was reportedly found revealing her whereabouts.   

Brought alive by a series of events and activities for visitors of all ages, the castle with its five floors, and exceptional country gardens, including a maze and a small but perfectly formed walled vineyard, is the perfect day out for families of all ages, heritage buffs, educational groups and those who just want to enjoy the best that Yorkshire can provide as a day out.   Events across the summer include fantastic falconry displays, plus weaving, woodworking and cookery demonstrations and re-enactment days for every visitor to enjoy, with easy parking, shop and café.  Most events are free with entry.  

Daily tickets from £9 per adult, £7.50 concessions and £35 for a family ticket (2 adults, up to 3 concessions (must include one child).  Annual membership is available.  Garden tickets start at £4.50 per adult.  Tickets are available on arrival or online at

Dark Skies 

Saturday 15 February, 7.30pm to 9.30pm Adults £15, children £12.

Come and enjoy two hours of stargazing with the help of our experienced astronomers. Get an insight of how to navigate the constellations and see incredibly distant objects through large telescopes and gain a greater appreciation of the dark skies. Dress appropriately for the weather and bring a hot drink to help keep you warm. This event takes place as part of the National Parks Dark Sky Festival 2020. 

Mothering Sunday

Sunday 22 March, from 12 noon, Tea Rooms

Treat your mother to a glass of Prosecco with our Afternoon Tea in the Bolton Castle tea room and leave with a complimentary flowering plant after you’ve enjoyed your day at the castle.  See website for details.  Afternoon tea includes a glass of Prosecco per adult, one plant for every mother (subject to availability).  No need to book. 

Paranormal Evening 

Saturday 28 March, 9pm to 3am £55 per person (arrive 8.45pm)

Join us and the Dusk till Dawn team for a night of ghostly goings on.  Try out the ghost hunting equipment, check out some Ouija board activity, table tipping and séance and vigils in the most active areas of the castle, plus much more.  Can you hear the drummer or spot Mary Queen of Scots?  Be there, to be scared.  Refreshments provided – all night event.  Over 18s only.  Deposit required.  Visit Dusk Till Dawn Events website for booking on

Wedding Fair

Saturday 29 March, from 1am to 2.30am 

Bolton Castle is an extraordinary wedding venue.  Available all year, you can hire the entire castle and gardens, and enjoy the wedding of your dreams.  We’ve brought together some of our favourite suppliers, so join us for the day with a glass of Prosecco and canapes, meet suppliers who love working at the castle and could help you bring your dream alive, and view the castle and gardens at your leisure. Guests to the wedding fair leave with a goody bag.  

Free with entry. 

Easter Trails

Saturday 3 April to Sunday 18 April, free with entry

Blow away those winter cobwebs with Easter trails set around the castle and gardens to keep your family busy.   Perfect for children of all ages, you can win a reward when you have successfully completed the trail, and find out what it was really like to live in this medieval castle. 

Paranormal Evening

Saturday 9 May, from 9pm to 3am, Tickets £55 (arrive 8.45pm)

Fancy being scared out of your wits at this atmospheric castle, then join the Dawn Till Dusk Events team in May and find out about stories of ghostly sightings at the castle, try out equipment and activities to see if you can confirm sightings of Mary Queen of Scots, or a distant drummer.  Refreshments provided.  Over 18s only.  Book tickets on the Dawn Till Dusk website, deposit required. 

Living History Weekend

Saturday 16 May and Sunday 17 May, free with entry

In 1461 a family feud over who had the right to be king, later to be known as The War of the Roses, had divided England. Thomas, Lord Scrope, owner of Bolton Castle, supported Richard, Duke of York and later his son, Edward, against King Henry V1 of the House of Lancaster. He has joined Edward’s army somewhere near York, but has left behind a small garrison to guard the castle. Come and meet them, join in their work around the castle and find out how they conducted their daily lives. You can see the kitchens at work, have a go at archery, handle the weaponry of the period, make your own candle and enjoy a guided tour of the castle.


Some activities are weather dependent, so please check the website if coming from afar.  Please also check dates on the website before leaving home for the few occasions the castle is closed for private events.

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Bolton Castle, near Leyburn, North Yorkshire, DL8 4ET

Tel: 01969 623981 Email:

Please note that sometimes we are closed for a wedding. Please check ahead to avoid disappointment.

Please note dogs are not allowed in the Castle and due to the falconry experience we cannot allow dogs in the gardens as they can frighten the birds. Dogs Must Not Be Left Unattended In Hot Cars. Please refer to our home page on our website for details and alternative options for your pet.