Celebration at castle follows year of success

Historical re-enactment groups are frequent visitors to Lancaster Castle
Historical re-enactment groups are frequent visitors to Lancaster Castle

No decisions have been made on the long term future of Lancaster Castle.

Yet, a year since the castle opened its gates to the public this weekend almost 75,000 visitors have enjoyed the many events and tours that have taken place within its walls.

A Witches Weekend, Halloween event and a Medieval Christmas drew in huge numbers of people, with 30,000 people attending guided tours.

The Grade I Listed building has also proved popular with film and documentary producers, with a number of camera crews filming in the first year of public access.

Events will continue this weekend, with family activities during the day, and music in the newly opened A-Wing at night.

The castle, owned by The Duchy of Lancaster, will also be going through various improvements over the coming months, following the removal of various pre-fabricated buildings and landscape works.

Chris Adcock, chief finance officer for The Duchy said: “The main areas of works will be the roofs to the female penitentiary, female felons, hospital, debtors prison and workshops.

“Work will also be undertaken to the structure of the castle to improve the pointing and repair windows to move towards a weather tight structure.

“Extensive improvements and refurbishment or replacement of existing rainwater goods is required to achieve effective rainwater disposal.

“We will look to use locally-sourced materials and labour to carry out the planned works wherever possible.”

“The Duchy of Lancaster is in the process of investigating the appropriate regeneration and re-use of the nationally significant monument and its associated buildings.

“No decisions have yet been made as to the long-term future of Lancaster Castle.”