Castle Anam Cara has become one of the leading living history destinations for students throughout New England. Our reputation for quality and student participation is unsurpassed. We are highly regarded and praised in the home school community throughout New England and have worked with many local and regional public school districts. The majority of students come to the Castle to experience the “immersion” into Medieval life and participate in “hands on” activities such as grain grinding, wattle fence building, grain processing, wood shaping with traditional tools and water hauling.
Although the vast majority of students come to the Castle, we also do many in school programs. We can do single class presentations, multiple classes throughout the day, day long presentations or week long “Artist in Residence” programs. Below is a generic flyer that we send to groups interested in the educational opportunities we offer here at the castle.
SCHOOL GROUP TOUR OVERVIEW:
This is a brief overview of what the living history tours are like here at Castle Anam Cara. Generally, we like to have groups of 15 to 20 people. Because the tours are interactive and contain a LOT of information, we do not suggest that tours be arranged for very young children. Children can have very different maturity levels at the same age, so we ask that you use your discretion. Tours usually last in the 3 hour range but have been known to go for 4 hours or more when the interaction level is very high (which is common). We spend time outside talking about land management in medieval times, food growing and preserving, home construction, food storage, sanitation and daily activity. Next, into the blacksmith shop. The time we then spend in the Celtic sweat lodge developing a medieval timeline is always a hit. Then we move inside the Castle. A lot of interactive discussion on food production (specifically grains) and storage, grinding grain and making bread, the plague, medieval architecture, Castle development, table manners and food, and of course – KNIGHTS!
Following the “mini-banquet” at the great table upstairs, the students get the chance to try on some armor, heft a shield and actually handle a couple of replica battle swords. To top the tour off, they get the chance to see and hold some actual medieval artifacts dated at 1000 to 2000 years old.
Adults tell us that they get as much or more out of the tours as the students do! Students and adults are encouraged to wear medieval or festive garb to get into the spirit. We have a lot of garb here if needed. Festive garb is not required however.
Cost is $15.00 per person – students and adults. Everyone is required to sign a liability waiver. Start time is flexible but most people prefer the 11:00am range to allow for preparation and travel time.
If you have any questions, feel free to drop us a line or call us at 603 332-6945.