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Could you be a Castle Knight?

03 January 2019

Budding knights are invited to join the exclusive Knight Club at Norwich Castle to learn the tricks of the trade.

There are just 15 places on offer at Knight Club which starts this month. Aimed at children aged eight to 11, it gives them the chance to discover the secrets of medieval arms and armour, combat and battle tactics and learn the importance of chivalry and sportsmanship.

Norwich Castle’s learning team came up with the idea for Knight Club after knights proved to be the most popular figure during school and group visits.

Councillor Margaret Dewsbury, Chairman of Norfolk County Council’s Communities Committee, said: “Children will be able to have a go at medieval dancing, tournaments, games and competitions as well as taking part in a final demonstration to celebrate and show off their new skills.”

The action packed opportunity starts on Saturday 12 January (10.15am- 12.30pm) and runs for six Saturdays. The cost is £60 per child and places must be booked in advance.

Boys and girls can go along and learn about the different aspects of a knight’s skills and duties, before getting kitted out with specially designed protective equipment and weaponry to have a go.  Young knights will earn a certificate for completing their first stage of modern sword fighting.

The focus on medieval times coincides with the plans to transform Norwich Castle’s Norman Keep through the £13.5million Gateway to Medieval England project- which recently received Heritage Lottery Fund backing and gained planning permission for work to go ahead.

While the Keep will close temporarily for the work to start later this year, the rest of the site will remain open. The latest exhibition Viking: Rediscover the Legend opens next month.

To book a place at Knight Club, contact Bookings Co-ordinator Tessa North, by calling 01603 493636 or emailing

Visit the Norfolk Museums website for more information

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