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Wisbech Castle Update, 5th September 2018

Wisbech Castle Update, 5th September 2018

Having spent a few hours at the Castle today its exciting to see that it remains a hive of activity.
We are moving into the closing stages of a preparations and we expect the house and Cafe to be open to the public later this month, with the Vaults to follow a month or two later.
Today we had the alarm people in revamping and upgrading our security and checking all our Fire Alarms Precautions (all have a clean bill of health.)
We had workmen in quoting on some of the jobs our volunteers can’t do, as well as volunteers in painting, repairing, cleaning, gardening and setting up the Pump House for its future use as a Cafe and Tourist Information Centre.
There is a real feeling of anticipation as we can see the end in sight now. The number of completed jobs are stacking up behind us and the queue of future jobs is shrinking in front. More and more areas are “finished” now. Things that seemed very distant not so long ago; the Gift Shop, the Vaults Refurb, some other wishlist projects, are becoming imminent.
Wisbech Castle has already had its first couple of commercial bookings, despite not being “officially” open yet. We have some exciting events planned for the next three months, and we hope to have our “official opening” ceremony of the entire project in November sometime, that being the point where all the main tasks should be complete.
We remain dramatically under budget, although costs will rise once the place is open and being used more regularly by the public – but we feel that we have the budget well under control.
Once everything is “done” and we have had the house, gardens, cafe and vaults open to the public for a few months we will begin to look at “phase 2” of the Project, which will be developing its use as a venue, adding more value, enhancing the historic, heritage and educations offers, and making improvements to the site which will benefit the town for years to come.
Once again, huge thanks to the incredible volunteers who have done so very much, despite the occasional setback, and continue to be soul of the project. Without them, we would be nowhere. Together, we have blown all predictions out of the water and there’s lots more to come.

Walled-Up Secret Room Uncovered in Wisbech Castle

Walled-Up Secret Room Uncovered in Wisbech Castle

We have some EXCITING NEWS.

Wisbech Castle have discovered a walled-up secret room in the Castle grounds.

This room is not on the current maps and although we did wonder if there might be something there we had not confirmed there was … until now.

Two test drill holes have revealed a complete underground room, in good condition, which has been hidden away for a very long time indeed. it appears to be empty, but clear and mostly dry.

Now we will need to do some checks to see if its safe to open the room up and once that it confirmed we’d like to do so.

More news to follow on the Wisbech Castle Secret Room in September.

UNBOSI Off To Pastures New

UNBOSI Off To Pastures New

Well that was a crazy four days at Wisbech Castle.

Hosting the UNBOSI team and helping them deliver their grand experiment was certainly an experience.

Thank you to all the Castle volunteers who gave their time to put the event on.

Thank you particularly to UNBOSI for bringing such a lot of fun, inspiration and enjoyment to our town.

But most of all, thanks to the hundreds and hundreds who paid a visit to be amazed, aMUSEd and astronished on this voyage of discovery.


Wisbech Castle Update. 7th August 2018

Wisbech Castle Update. 7th August 2018

It’s crazy at the Castle today – people everywhere!

Dave Topgood and Tony Bennett are repairing false windows and painting everything that needs painting and some things which don’t. Listen, if you pay the place a visit, don’t sit down for too long – or one of them will measure you, undercoat you and then deal with any rotten wood you have accumulated. Trust!

Roger Rawson and Brenda Barber are working around the grounds (and Roger has framed the photos he took, which we will be using as part of our decorations in the Castle Cafe when it opens.)

Duncan and his sidekick have almost finished the work on the Market Street Entrance paving and the Fairy Den. Which means that the entrance from Market Street to the Pump House is no longer a bit of rough waste ground, but is a lovely driveway of paved stones with the Castle Logo featured in the centre. This will make the Cafe accessible for hopefully everybody when it opens in September and is also a smart entry point for the grounds in general.

The Fairy Den! Wow, that has come out better than we ever imagined. The original idea to deck the area out as a secret Fairy Den for kids to enjoy morphed into a plan to create a camouflaged secret walk which leads from the Fairy Den to the garden through a concealed passage. The work is now complete and its great fun and very charming – I think kids are going to enjoy using the den and the secret walkway very much. Better still, its all ready in time to be used by the United Nations BOSI team for their event: Thursday through Sunday this week.

Speaking of the United Nations BOSI team – that’s crazy stuff, right there It’s like a colony of mad scientists has been set loose in the Castle grounds. All over the place there are weird machine, and strange devices, and bizarre doohickeys. This is part of their “Inspiration Trapping” experiment which the people of Wisbech are invited to help them with this week. It’s just absolutely awesome. Don’t miss it.


Elemental Forces At Wisbech Castle

Elemental Forces At Wisbech Castle

Inspiration Can Be Stored

Inspiration Can Be Stored

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Wisbech Castle Update, 3rd August 2018

Wisbech Castle Update, 3rd August 12018

It’s been an incredible couple of months for Wisbech Castle. So much has happened!

We’ve had all sorts of groups and events making use of the building and grounds as more and more of it is brought back into a usable standard.

We’ve had our first fully commercial booking.

Volunteers have been beavering away inside and out with so many people giving their time and energy to the building and grounds.

Tradesmen have been busy too, restoring areas and doing work that was beyond what volunteers could reasonably get done.

Most of the inside of the building is all but finished. The gardens look incredible. The Pump House is almost ready to roll. The Enchanted Walk has had its initial work done.

Walls and ceilings and floors and carpets and repointing of bricks and painting and railings and repairs to structure and contents all continues apace.

We have a team about to start work on a new booklet guide to the Castle and its history.

Next week we have the United Nations UNBOSI team doing something weird and wonderful, open to the public, for several days. None of us know much about this except that it sounds exciting and you should definitely come along and see!

The front of the building looks great with its new stone lions and wonderful flower displays and repainted metalwork and heritage lighting.

The rear of the building has seen a shedload of work to take that tired old paint facade and spruce it right up.

The work on the vaults begins soon too, and that’s a big project.

We hope that the Castle and grounds will be fully open to the public in September, with the vaults opening to some extent in time for Halloween at the end of October.

More volunteers are always needed and welcome. Come and join the team that is putting the Castle back where it belongs, at the heart of Wisbech.

The Garden of Curious A’MUSE’ments

The Garden of Curious A’MUSE’ments

Join us on a voyage of discovery and innovation. East Anglia is a hotbed of trapped inspiration. The United Nations Board of Significant Inspiration are here to unleash it.

Come on a journey with the United Nations team of groundbreaking specialists, be guided through what it takes to find inspiration, have inspiration, harness inspiration and permanently hold inspiration.

The Garden is a interactive journey of inspiration, allowing audiences to harness the MUSE around them, our experienced scientific team with their Mad Hat machines and intriguing scientific procedures will pass the knowledge forward and share inspiration.

Alongside the main events, we will spread out across the town with drop in Marble Run workshops in local spaces, inspiration trails in heritage buildings and activities the shopping centres / market places.


Where: Wisbech Castle, Wisbech

When: 9th-12th August12pm-5pm

You’ll be taken on a journey through the MUSE’s using our specialist contraptions and muse infusing machines, inspired research activities will also be taking place. Be guided on your journey by our team of UNBOSI scientists, researchers and ambassadors, following your journey as a Muse Catcher you’ll have the ability to hold inspiration in your hand and remember don’t lose your marbles!

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Victoria Tea Party (Aftermath)

Victoria Tea Party (Aftermath)

I’m sorry I didn’t write up the Tea Party last night, but (like all the other volunteers) I was shattered. The long, busy day and hot Sun took its toll.

Pretty much everything went off without hitch, we sold completely out of cake, hundreds of people enjoyed the gardens, the house and the vaults in the glorious sunshine.

I’d like to take this opportunity to thank the team of volunteers who helped deliver such a successful “first event” for the Castle under new management.

The amazing work that has been undertaken in such a short space of time and so far under budget was plain to all and the complete turnaround of the site was appreciated and much-commented on.

Wisbech Castle is reclaiming its position as the much-loved heart of the town. The brilliant volunteers are the reason why this has been made possible. Thank you so much, keep up the good work!

*Photos as published on Facebook by Tony Bennett and others.