On Saturday the 11th of March we had an amazing paranormal evening at Appleby Castle. We first used the rods and crystals to answer questions and then we began to use the message board. As the group was small we were able to go to the old chapel in the castle where we were contacted by Lady Anne Clifford’s veterinarian and his underling who confirmed that Lady Anne was a very kind lady and could recall the stables being built. The original stables apparently had six arch ways in them.
We also ventured into the Keep for the first time. No sooner had we placed the message board on the floor than the glass began to move and we were contacted by five people who were buried underneath the keep. There was a young girl of 21 and four children. These people must have lived in the 12th century.
At the end of the evening our psychic medium read everyone’s personal aura and reported to them.
There is much activity in this ancient castle. It is the kind of place that when you go looking for some paranormal activity, you are almost certain to find some.
The next paranormal event is on the 15th of April. For those who book in to the stay at the castle, the paranormal evening is free. Entrance for other guests is £50 per person. Tickets are not on sale yet, however only 20 places will be offered.
Planning your dream wedding?
Situated among the natural beauty of the Lake District and the Pennines,
Appleby Castle is the most romantic venue to plan your wedding celebrations.
Our wedding fairs will help you choose a stylish bridal gown, find florists, photographers, meet the most fabulous cake makers or hire a classic car or horse drawn carriage.
Saturday 24th June & Saturday 16th September 2017
Doors will open at 12 noon until 4pm.
Free entry and a complimentary glass of Prosecco!
Celebrate Valentine’s Night in one of our stylish Castle bedrooms or luxurious cottages.
Harp and Cello players will perform two 50 minute sets as guests enjoy a 4 course meal in the Great Hall.
The Valentine’s Night menu includes a complimentary glass of champagne on arrival is only £30 per person for Castle Residents or £45 per person to non-residents.
The Valentine’s Night accommodation rates (per couple) are:
State Bedroom – £350
Evidence Bedroom – £275
Vipoint Bedroom – £199
Clifford Bedroom – £275
Thanet Bedroom – £199
Tufton Bedroom – £275
Hothfield Bedroom – £245
Cottage 1 – £250
Cottage 2 – £250
Cottage 3 – £250
TELEPHONE: 017683 30318
FOR THE MONTH OF NOVEMBER THE CASTLE GROUNDS WILL BE CLOSED TO VISITORS. THERE WILL BE NO AFTERNOON TEAS AND GUIDED TOURS WILW NOT BE AVAILABLE UNTIL THE 24TH OF NOVEMBER.
GUIDED TOURS MUST BE BOOKED IN ADVANCE AND MUST INCLUDE AT LEAST FOUR PEOPLE.
EDEN’S Euphoric Circus Group, which offer circus skills workshops, has moved to new premises in Appleby and is also set to open a base in Penrith.
Set up in 2001, Euphoric Circus runs popular workshops teaching circus skills and tricks and also regularly puts on community performances.
Previously based at Centre 67, Appleby, the group recently moved to Appleby Sports Centre where it is running classes teaching acrobatics, free running and general circus skills from 5pm to 7pm each Tuesday during term time.
The group is also trying to attract a wider age bracket of members to classes. While previously it was more of a youth driven workshop it is now trying to encourage members from five-years-old and upwards, including adults, so that it becomes a whole family activity.
Toni Spence, co-ordinator of Euphoric Circus, added that exciting times are ahead for the group as it looks to begin holding classes in the old Penrith Fire Station which is being taken over by Eden Arts. Anyone who is interested in taking part can contact Appleby Sports Centre or Toni Spence on 017683 62954.
The gates of Appleby Castle are open and visitors are allowed to wander freely about this most historic castle in the county town of the ancient Royal Borough of Westmorland. Owner Sally Nightingale said she was delighted that public are able to walk freely and gain an understanding of the formidable medieval fortress that Appleby Castle once was. She is very grateful to Steve Hodgson Tree Services for reinstating many of the walkways in the castle grounds.
Part of the grounds are undergoing restoration works and are restricted however public are allowed to walk their dogs and picnic if they wish. The inner bailey is open, although public are not yet allowed to enter this ancient monument. Experience the stunning scenery of this beautiful castle.
Admission: £5.00 per adult
Children under 16 free
Appleby Castle is delighted to host the Appleby Town Carnival for 2016. The theme for the carnival is Carnivals Around the World and the multitude of possibilities will be very interesting. Will there be a float from Rio de Janeiro, a mardi gras from New Orleans or a fancy dress from Cologne.
Many volunteers work tirelessly each year to provide a town carnival to be enjoyed by all. After the devastating floods in December it’s hoped that the carnival will stimulate civic pride and foster community spirit as we celebrate in the castle of the county town of the ancient borough of Westmorland.
The carnival opens on the evening of Friday 8th July with bingo in the marquee. What better place to site the marquee than the inner bailey in front of the Norman Keep.
Saturday will have entertainment and food for all ages. There will be;
- A special amusement area for the younger children where you can purchase a wristband giving the holder unlimited access to the rides. This is organised by the Carnival Committee.
- Taylor’s Amusements
- Slater’s Amusements
- Nick’s Train Rides
- Traditional sporting events including a tug of war and an egg and spoon race.
- Stu-di-Do and “Absolutely” band
Mrs. Nightingale said, “Now that the Scaffold has come down off the keep I would like to share the home of Lady Anne Clifford to celebrate with the community.”
The red squirrel is native to Britain but is now only found in limited areas of the UK. The population has been in a steep decline since the introduction of the North American grey squirrel. It is estimated that there are 20 grey squirrels for every red squirrel and this gap is sadly widening.
Red squirrels are woodland dwellers and Appleby Castle is fortunate to have many red squirrels in the grounds. There is a red squirrel walk which starts at the Yew trees at the south eastern corner of the castle and winds its way around the grounds to overlook the ancient ford used to cross the River Eden in Roman times.
Red squirrels are very photogenic creatures. Photographers are welcome to enter the grounds and capture these delightful little creatures on film.
The red squirrel ranger regularly visits Appleby Castle to check on this endangered species that is happily flourishing in Appleby Castle.