2020: Activity 11 – Belsay Castle

Today Boys 1, 3 and I visited Belsay Castle, via a pre-bookable slot.

This summer I’ve shared regular updates of what we’ve been up to during the school holidays – you can see a summary at our 2020: 42 Activities of Summer page.   

Booking online was required, and straightforward.  On arrival, the car park was full.  However, we had the last slot of the day at 3pm, and did not see many people.  It was easy to social distance.  The castle and hall were closed, but the toilets, cafe and shop were open (facemask required).

There’s a one way system in place, starting from behind the toilet block – where your booking barcode is scanned, and you can top up on hand sanitiser.

There seemed to be less flowers in bloom than our visit May last year, but there was plenty of colour, and the beauty is no two visits are ever the same.  Whilst I was admiring plants, the boys were completing a summer trail, exploring, and practising their ninja moves.

Here’s the Relive video

 

And our photos

 

The second last photo is a house martin nest that we saw on the way out.  We saw birds flying in and out of the nest.  House martins typically build their nests under the eaves of houses, and are considered a lucky mascot.

Have you been to Belsay Castle or any other English Heritage sites recently?

#BelsayCastle  #EnglishHeritage  #HouseMartins

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