Last year, just prior to reopening its doors, Mary Rose Museum crew took over Southsea Castle for a busy Bank Holiday weekend – and this year they are going back bigger and better than before.
Southsea Castle was built in 1544 by Henry VIII as part of a series of fortifications around the Solent and the wider south coast to help protect against Invasion. Just as the work was being completed the Mary Rose sank during the Battle of the Solent, 19th July 1545, The battle and loss of the Mary Rose was witnessed by Henry himself at the Castle.
Over the 15th & 16th of August the Mary Rose Museum crew will return to Southsea Castle, to share this incredible chapter in our history with visitors. There will be talks from the battlements about the Battle of the Solent and the sinking of the Mary Rose, real objects to handle that were recovered during the excavation and also lots of family friendly hands on activities too. The Southsea Castle team will be on hand to showcase the history of the castle and will be running their summer activities alongside.
This year we pleased to announce the Mary Rose will be joined by Black Knight Historical, who have 25 years of experience in bringing history to life. For two days their team will host their famous Hobby Horse jousting where children get to dress up as a medieval Knight, and riding a fearsome (hobby horse) destrier, charge down the jousting field (tilt-rail) to practice their skills of arms! In addition they will running St George’s Knight school, where aspiring young knights can hone their skills.
If this isn’t enough then the Mary Rose crew will be running children’s ‘have-a-go-archery’ in the moat, games in the courtyard and walking the castle battlements in full Tudor costume. All the usual Southsea Castle attractions will be open too, admission is free but donations are appreciated and children under 13 must be accompanied by an adult.
Come along and delve into the history of the Mary Rose and Southsea Castle.