There's great excitement at the Castle this week as five of our tapestries in the Great Hall are taken down and prepared for a journey to Belgium where they will undergo a specialist cleaning process. Do come along on Monday 3rd, Tues 4th & Weds 5th October, meet the team who are removing and preparing the tapestries and find out more about their conservation journey. We're taking 'before and after' photos, it will be fascinating to see how they look after they've been washed. As I'm sure you can appreciate, it's taken a long time to raise the monies to pay for this very special project and our thanks go to 'The Friends of Berkeley Castle' for providing the necessary funds. We anticipate that the tapestries will be returned week commencing Monday 17th October.
If you're planning to visit us on 18th & 19th October, be prepared for more action than normal! We have some very exciting film projects taking place here over those dates, this will mean that some outdoor and indoor areas of the Castle will be dressed accordingly and some rooms may be unavailable for short periods whilst scenes are being shot. Keep your eyes peeled - you may spot someone famous!
We were thrilled when the BBC chose Berkeley Castle to film many scenes for their multi-award winning series, Wolf Hall, our visitors have enjoyed spotting where Mark Rylance, Claire Foy and their fellow actors played out many of those famous scenes.
We're equally delighted to announce that the Castle has also been used for the filming of Poldark, series 2. See if you can spot some familiar Castle rooms when the new series is aired from Sunday 4th September!