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Cub Castle Sleepover

26 April 2015

On Saturday 18th April, 50 Cubs in Oxford Spires had the opportunity to stay the night in Oxford Castle.  Thanks to Ian Astbury (Wheatley Scout Group) for organising the event and opening up the experience to the rest of the Oxford Spires District.

With 6 Yarnton Cubs securing spaces on the event we arrived at 7:30pm on Saturday night.  After finding space amongst the exhibitions in the museum we set up our ‘beds’ for the night (roll mats and sleeping bags).  Then went on a tour of the Castle with Joe.

We started with a walk up the 11th Century Oxford mound, part of the original motte and bailey castle, to take in the sights of the City before it was too dark.  The tour then took us up the 101 steps in St Georges tower stopping on the way to take in the small areas where the soldiers use to sleep, before reaching the top of the tower for another view across a now dark Oxford City.  All the time hearing the darker tales of the people and lives within the Castle walls.  After reaching the top of St Georges tower, the tour took us to the lowest area – the 900 year old Crypt where 12th Century Bernard the Monk is said to still visit.

Heading back up to ground level we stopped in what was the D Wing of the prison which only closed in 1996 to see some of the remaining cells.

After a tour of the site the Cubs tested their knowledge with a quiz in the Cafe followed by the obligatory hot chocolate before bed.

Next morning, after packing away our beds, breakfast was held in the Cafe before a final look around and being picked up at 8:30am.

Pictures of the evening can be found here