Currently owned by English Heritage, Bolsover Castle was originally a medieval castle. But what we see today is mainly the work of Charles Cavendish and then his son, William, in the early 17th century. William Cavendish was a keen horseman and an expert in the art of manège, which was a form of dressage.
In the 1630's, William Cavendish, the Duke of Newcastle, lived mainly at their house at Welbeck. Bolsover was more of a pleasure palace, with the riding sables and the Little Castle.
For our interpretation of the site at this event, we are showing the skeleton staff keeping the castle in good order, but they have been told that the Duke is probably about to visit with some guests. So the staff are busy preparing for his arrival.
The steward and the housekeeper are busy making sure the few servants they have are busy, along with help from the town.