Last Tuesday our Year 7 students enjoyed a fantastic day out at Warwick Castle. Fortunately the torrential rain which was forecast did not appear, and students were able to explore the castle grounds to learn more about the history of the castle and its development since the first motte and bailey structure was built on the site in 1068.
In addition to discussion about the defensive features of the castle, walking the motte and the ramparts (which included an impressive 500+ spiral steps!), students were also able to expand their knowledge through a trebuchet talk and archery display by Warwick Castle experts. After lunch students were treated to a spectacular Birds of Prey show, featuring the lightning-fast Peregrine Falcon and impressively huge Andean Condor and Steller’s Sea Eagle, swooping just inches above the heads of the crowd.
The Kingmaker exhibition afforded students the chance to take an in depth look at the preparations that would have taken place prior to a medieval battle, and also the chance to try on a variety of helmets and chain mail. However, the highlight for many was the tour of the dark and dramatic dungeons, where live actors and special effects ensured students received a fully immersive and unforgettable experience into some of the more sinister and bloody aspects of the Castle’s history.