Sunday, 3 January 2016

Auckland Castle (Skating And Tour)

Hello everyone! So the temporary skating rink at Auckland Castle (Bishop) was taken away on Sunday and I got there the day before to experience a plastic rink for the first time. It had been open since the 20th of November for over the festive period but as with all good things, it has just came to an end.

The temporary rinks are placed all the way up and down the country and switch places every once in a while. This is the first year that I've bothered with a plastic rink because I'm usually busy at this time but since Saturday is one of my two days off I decided to pop over to Bishop with Leanne to check it out.

Leanne has skated for about seven years now and I've attempted it a few times over the years, I will say though, don't try to do anything overly complex on the plastic rink slabs as the cracks in between can get loose and bad weather can make the rink uneven.

We had a few laughs and we spent a lot of time chatting, I think we'll be visiting a proper ice rink fairly soon if we can get our schedules to align. We always have the timing issue because we have such different lives now, it's not the same as when we were in school!

Anyway, after skating we had a look around the castle because it was free with the skating and we're both history nerds. We actually ended up getting a bit of a history lesson from someone who works at the castle. We kind of got accosted as we were walking through the archway, helpful but we both got a bit confused. 

It turns out that the north east of England has caused a lot of trouble in the past. Then again, for the most part we still cause trouble but we haven't slaughtered hundred of soldiers so we're sweet compared to that. For more information you should pay the castle a visit, it's full of information and history.

The stained glass windows weren't the originals but they were replaced quite some time ago. What I found fascinating, however, was the ceiling which was covered in family coates of arms and the town coates of arms. It was all in perfect detail too, they must renovate and repair the panels fairly often.

Well, thanks for reading today's post. It was a fun day so it's nice to actually share some of the things that I got on with over the weekend. Hopefully I'll get a chance to write more posts like this but I guess it just depends on how things pan out over the next few months.


  1. It's so beautiful there, we've enjoyed a good few days visiting, we've missed out on the skating though!

    1. Agreed! It's gorgeous, such a nice spot for a day out. You'll have to keep an eye on local sites to see where the next one will be up and where! :)

  2. Great Post :) With great picture :)
    Your post is so lovely :)
    Enjoy your stay :)
    Verena :)

    1. Thank you, Verena. I'm very pleased to hear that you've enjoyed my post, also, thanks for taking the time to comment! xx

  3. It looks so lovely, but skating scares the hell out of me.

    1. It's not as bad as you would think, honest! I was terrified the first time I went on the ice but I'm just used to it now, I'm no pro but I mostly don't fall. :)