Codnor castle to recreate battle at Bank Holiday event

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One of the most historic sites in Amber Valley is to host a spectacular Bank Holiday celebration full of family fun and heritage learning.

The Medieval Codnor Castle will be the backdrop for an event exploring a more recent period in British history.

The Victorian Heritage weekend will run 11am to 4pm on Saturday and Sunday, May 27-28.

The highlight of the weekend will be a reenactment of Custer’s Last Stand, a battle between American cavalry and Native American forces in 1876.

Codnor Castle Heritage Trust spokesman Trevor Middleton said: “This isn’t quite as incongruous as it might at first seem, as the Yellow Ribbon reenactment group has found that Custer’s 7th Cavalry included men from Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire.

“Some of the group are ex-Sealed Knot and they research their projects thoroughly, so this will be a unique opportunity to find out more about both an important archaeological site and a historic battle.”

The event will also feature craft stalls, guided tours of the site, refreshments, heritage artisan demonstrations, games and a chance to try your hand at archery.

It is part of a year-long programme of festivities marking ten years since Channel 4 archaeology show Time Team visited the castle for one of its digs and found 15th-century gold.

Trevor said: “Ever since, Codnor Castle Heritage Trust has sought to raise the profile of the Castle with open days, educational experiences, talks, and other events to raise funds for more archaeology at the site.

“We are aiming for the kind of community archaeology seen at King’s Clipstone.”

For more details, visit www.codnorcastle.co.uk, www.fb.me/CodnorCastle or call heritage trust chair Rokia Brown on 07969 923680.