Blaze at St Briavel's Castle

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Blaze Explorer Scouts from Bath, and Phoenix Explorer Scouts from Thornbury, joined together for a medieval weekend at St Briavel's Castle, just over the Severn Bridge in Gloucestershire. The 40 Explorers and 9 Leaders stayed in the Norman Castle, now a YHA venue, last weekend and enjoyed a packed weekend of historic fun.

Saturday morning saw the Explorers mix with each other in teams and take part in a Challenge hike (crusade) with different tasks to complete. Saturday evening the Explorers and their Leaders dressed in medieval costume which including knights, monks and Kings! The Explorers were taken on a tour of the Castle learning about its rich history and the importance it had for 100s of years in the area. The Scouts were shown where King John slept and where prisoners and debtors were kept in very confined surroundings up until 1842. The Explorers were very intrigued by the absence of toilet facilities and the moat's use for waste disposal!

The Leaders had the dubious honour to sleep in the prison room and the infamous 
'oubliette'  where prisoners were 'forgotten'. In the morning the Explorers were relieved to see their Leaders still there for the carriage home.

The highlight of the weekend was the authentic medieval banquet and a talk on the famous knights from England, Wales and Scotland. The banquet was held without utensils and the Scouts ate the traditional medieval way  with their fingers. After the meal everyone was involved in a medieval game of cluedo across the castle, searching for clues!

The weekend was rounded up with the noble and important skill of archery in the  Castle  grounds before returning home.

This weekend was one of many activities that Explorer Scouts all aged 14-18 have the opportunity to take part in across Avon, find out more about Explorer Scouting!