Academie Glorianna fencing shot

Slay Boredom – a weekend of swordsmanship at Clitheroe Castle

A special programme of events will run at Clitheroe Castle Museum this weekend to mark England's patron saint.

Clitheroe Castle will run an action-packed event dubbed 'Slay Boredom', which will enthral visitors with a weekend of swordsmanship from experts in medieval combat. 

The free event will take place the weekend before St. George’s Day; on Saturday 20 April and Sunday 21 April, from 11.15 am to 3.30pm. 

Claire Sutton, museum manager at Clitheroe Castle Museum, said:

“We now have a tradition of running this event, where experts exhibit and utilise medieval combat techniques to give visitors a taste of how knights and warriors of old used their swords. 

“St. George’s Day is on Tuesday 23 April this year and for maximum participation we are running the event the weekend before. The event is free to enjoy, so just call in.” 

The Castle is excited to welcome the popular Academie Glorianna from the British Federation for Swordsmanship, who are back for a programme of activities across the weekend.   

Talk to the experts and find out about the art of European historical combat. See combat demonstrations, handle weapons and listen to bitesize talks about styles and techniques of swordplay. 

This year the Academie will be joined by an expert armourer and a writer for the Royal Armouries.  

Throughout April, young museum explorers can also enjoy searching for toy dragons hidden at the museum, with the winner receiving a goodie bag full of items from the museum shop. 

There is also the chance to take part in the daily children's craft, in which children can decorate their very own ceramic dragon decoration to take home. Crafts are £2.50 and are available from the admissions desk. 

All St George's weekend events are free. Admission to the Castle Museum is £5.00 for adults. Children and young people up to the age of 18 years go free. Children must be accompanied by an adult. 

The 'Xplorer' pass can also be used to gain entry to the Castle Museum. For a flat annual fee of £25, families will be able to make as many visits as they like to Clitheroe Castle Museum and four other Lancashire County Council museums; Judges’ Lodgings; Gawthorpe Hall; Helmshore Mills; and Queen Street Mill. 

The full Slay Boredom programme will run on both days.  For more information visit Clitheroe Castle's events page at

Clitheroe Castle Museum is managed by Lancashire County Council's Museum Service, on behalf of Ribble Valley Borough Council.