Colchester Castle Opening – 2nd May

Colchester Castle has got a real treat in store for visitors when they open their doors to the public on 2nd May. The Castle has been closed since March 2013 for redevelopment and has been worth the wait!

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Photo of the Roman living room

I was lucky enough to be invited to their pre-opening to have a look at the new and wonderful work that has been done. The castle is warm, bright and welcoming with lots of interaction for all.

They have a new amazing projector screen (son et lumiere) that covers the castle wall to reveal stories and information in colourful animation, it’s the first of its kind in the region. There is plenty of hands on fun too, visitors can excavate a doctor’s grave, ride a chariot around the Roman Circus or play in the Roman villa.

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Photo of son et lumiere on the castle wall

I also trialed their new and very clever app which visitors can either download onto their own mobile device or hire a tablet computer. It kept me amused for ages with its technology and how it turned the Castle to life, but I won’t give too much away – I’ll let you go along and try it out for yourself.

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photo of the new app in action

Schools will find this a very easy and fun way to educate children with class trips, with fun games and also being able to give children the independence of finding out information themselves using the new app – it will keep them going for hours!

The castle is also introducing an annual pass, a family of four can come and go as many times as you like for £48, making it a very affordable and fun place to visit.

I know I will be one of the first visitors when they open their doors on 2nd May with my family, as I know they will find it fascinating and fun…plus we will learn new interesting facts in one of the oldest buildings in the UK.

For further information on the Colchester Castle re-opening visit: www.cimuseums.org.uk

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