Sherborne Old Castle

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What would have happened in the Civil War if Twitter had existed, the children pondered?

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“Let’s take over Parliament because YOLO”

running in the ruins

“Ransacking castle. LOL”

shooting an invisible arrow

“Family in castle on run. Silver from castle on sale in market. #Bargain”

“Long live the King! IMHO”

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“King wore 2 shirts to execution. Looked dapper. Well, YODO”

looking up from the moat

Who knows how different it would have been. Maybe more of the castles would be standing. Maybe more people would have survived. Maybe.

walking in the moat

Our visit to Sherborne Old Castle prompted some interesting questions from the children.ย  The castle is a ruin now. Cromwell’s forces started the demise. Raleigh attempted to rebuild, but it proved a bigger task, so he built the new castle. Leaving this one to decay.

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We walked around the now-dry moat. A lovely nature reserve. Catching glimpses of banded demoiselle damselflies that flitted in front of us. Enjoyed our picnic, discussing the thickness of the remaining walls.


The sun was out. The children could run around. It reminded me of ruins that I used to run around in Italy, when I was their age. Childhood memories in the making.

If you have any (child friendly) Twitter suggestions along the same theme, we’d love to read them.


Joining in with the as always inspiring Fiona over at the #CountryKids.

Country Kids from Coombe Mill Family Farm Holidays Cornwall

This is my entry to the Center Parcs and Tots100 Mayย challenge. If Iโ€™m chosen, I would like to visit (Longleat Forest). We just love getting out and about, spotting nature.



28 thoughts on “Sherborne Old Castle

  • Saturday 24 May, 2014 at 12:15 am

    What a fantastic place to visit! And lovely weather for it ๐Ÿ™‚ #countrykids

    • Saturday 24 May, 2014 at 1:30 am

      It was lovely weather. Can I book more!

  • Saturday 24 May, 2014 at 12:50 am

    WOW .. what a stunning place! and i am sure a picnic here was fantastic xx

    • Saturday 24 May, 2014 at 1:31 am

      Glad we took a picnic. It did make a stunning backdrop.

  • Saturday 24 May, 2014 at 2:34 am

    Oh my this certainly brought back childhood memories – or I should say teen memories – as visited here often during my five years at Sherborne Girl school!!!!!

    • Saturday 24 May, 2014 at 7:18 am

      What a lovely place to be. I can imagine that it does bring back memories. Hopefully all good. ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Saturday 24 May, 2014 at 3:06 am

    Wow, beautiful! I love old ruins, there is something so fascinating, if haunting, about them. Love the tweets, although am I showing my age when I say that I don’t know what all the acronyms meant…YOLO, YODO!?!

    • Saturday 24 May, 2014 at 7:24 am

      It shows that you are not old enough to have children that are getting to grips with txt talk. You only live once (YOLO) and, the slightly more macabre, but would fit with the times, you only die once (YODO) Probably a sign of too much exposure to Horrible Histories. ๐Ÿ˜€

  • Saturday 24 May, 2014 at 7:54 am

    I love ruined castles and this looks like the perfect one to visit. It’s great fun imagining what might have happened there in years gone by. #countrykids

    • Saturday 24 May, 2014 at 8:20 am

      …and what might have been. ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Saturday 24 May, 2014 at 8:14 am

    Looks like an amazing place to explore. I need to find similar ruins near us to take N as I’m sure he’d enjoy it, and imagining he was a knight

    • Saturday 24 May, 2014 at 8:22 am

      My children seem to be adopting the archer role recently, rather than the sword wielding knight. Not sure why the change. (think I prefer it)

  • Saturday 24 May, 2014 at 10:01 am

    What a fab looking old castle! It looks like a great place to explore. Lovely photo’s! #CountryKids

    • Saturday 24 May, 2014 at 10:08 am

      It is a great place to explore and imagine times gone by.

    • Saturday 24 May, 2014 at 1:55 pm

      Thanks Merlinda!

  • Saturday 24 May, 2014 at 8:27 pm

    Gorgeous scenery and the Castle ruins are wonderful, a great place to inspire children’s imagination. Thanks for linking up and sharing your sunny fun with Country Kids.

    • Saturday 24 May, 2014 at 8:51 pm

      I love it when we visit somewhere that sparks their imaginations. Thanks for hosting.

    • Saturday 24 May, 2014 at 8:59 pm

      They did have fun. ๐Ÿ˜€ ๐Ÿ˜€

    • Monday 26 May, 2014 at 7:30 am

      Hints to the history are a great starting place for a child’s imagination. Grown-ups included! ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Monday 26 May, 2014 at 7:31 am

      The Mayfly was kind enough to keep still for me, long enough for a photo. Then it was off.

  • Wednesday 28 May, 2014 at 4:10 pm

    What fabulous photos! I love the way you’ve blurred the edges to make them blend into the white background. This looks like a top day out. I’m such a sucker for a romantic ruin. Thanks for sharing, Bonny

    • Wednesday 28 May, 2014 at 6:23 pm

      One of my favourite kind of outings as it combines history with nature.

  • Wednesday 28 May, 2014 at 11:55 pm

    wonderful photos!! what an amazing place to go exploring!

    • Thursday 29 May, 2014 at 12:39 am

      Castles are always fun.

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