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Hedingham Castle

Oh what can you do on Easter weekend I hear you ask. With the shops closed on Easter Sunday, I will be the first to admit that if you find your mind wandering after finishing yet another book/watching another film or your family are just generally doing your head in, then it is time to scramble out of the house.

This brings me to the main subject matter; Hedingham Castle, a 900 year old Norman keep. Now, it may not be everyone's cup of tea, but its a great trip for a couple, a young family or even an aspiring photographer. The castle itself has several levels and is quite safe to explore... although, do not go wandering past the usual rope which conceals a darkening staircase... you may live to regret it.

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The boy and I chose to go on the Easter Monday as Sunday was a complete wash out.
We started off exploring the castle, then watched a demonstration of the trebuchet. I first learned about these siege engines way back in Year one at Mountfitchet Castle, but have never seen it up close when in use. It was quite impressive actually and I can see why these were key to have when storming a fortress.

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They were going to launch a fake bloodied head but as a lot of children were present, they decided not to, much to our disappointment! =P

A skirmish then took place at the front of the castle, again, because of the amount of children, I feel they did tone it down a lot, but it was still pretty cool to see men walking around from head to toe in plate armour. As it was a warm day, they must've been sweltering!

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Now, because it was primarily a children's event, there was a mahoosive queue for the ice-cream van so my poor old boy did not get his lemon ice. He however held it together and we did, despite the tameness, have a fantastic day :)

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skirt - forever 21 (£12.75)
black blouse - topshop via a charity shop - (£3.75)
boots - mums
leather jacket - topshop via a charity shop (£14.99) - the one i found in colchester ;) its lovely.


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