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Easter - The Lost Knight’s Crusade

4 April to 13 April

For adventurers of all ages come and join us for some family fun. Follow the clues and help us find the lost Knight’s of Mountfitchet Castle who mysteriously disappeared on the trail of the legend of the Golden Egg! No need to book. Normal admission prices apply.

Well done to everyone who entered our HALLOWEEN Colouring Competition.
Our winners are:
In the 3-5 years of age category – Holly aged 5
In the 6-8 years of age category – Ethan aged 8
In the 9-13 years of age category – Olivia aged 9

Congratulations we will be emailing our winners and sending their prizes.

Well done to everyone who entered our Siege Weapon Colouring Competition.
Our winners are:

  • In the 3-5 years of age category- Finley age 5
  • In the 6-8 years of age category – Lilly Rumbold age 7
  • In the 9-13 years of age category- Mike Chatters age 9

Congratulations we will be emailing our winners and sending their prizes.

We must give a special shout out to Charlie aged 11 months for his wonderful artwork

Famous Fred the Castle Labrador adopts more ducklings

Fred, the famous Labrador dog who lives at Mountfitchet Castle in Stansted, Essex is not ducking out of his duties as he again steps in to foster seven day-old ducklings. The mother, a Muscovy duck, had fourteen babies yesterday morning but for some reason left half of them behind in the nest when she wandered off to the nearest pond with the other half of the ducklings dutifully following along behind her.

11 year old Fred became famous last year when he fostered nine orphaned ducklings and baby sat them until they were old enough to be integrated into the safety of the medieval castle grounds with all the other animals that roam freely within the 10 acre site.

Fred, the famous Labrador dog


So only this morning, as soon as Fred was shown the little ducklings all huddled together, he instantly lay down around them to keep them warm much to the delight of the Castle’s owner, Jeremy Goldsmith, who breathed a huge sigh of relief when he knew that dear old Fred was willing to step in. “He took to his role like a duck to water”. Fred indicated straight away that there would be no ducking out of his duties as he settled in around them. Within minutes the ducklings accepted their odd looking new mum and were climbing all over him.

Our first chicks have hatched in plenty of time for Easter

Mountfitchet Castle - First Chicks

We were so pleased to find the 14 freshly hatched Frizzle and Silkie chicks with their very proud mums this morning despite the blustery night. It didn’t seem to have bothered them at all. They will be looking forward to meeting our visitors this Easter so pop us in your diary for a visit and let the children enjoy our free Easter Egg trail.

Ghostly Happenings at Haunted Mountfitchet Castle

Latest ghostly happenings at the famously haunted Essex Medieval Castle and Norman village.

The newest resident ghost at Mountfitchet Castle in Stansted, Essex appeared again to startled ground staff late last night. Whilst on their last security check of the evening the two members of staff suddenly became aware of a huge drop in the temperature inside the Grand Hall in the inner bailey of the Norman medieval village and suddenly fleetingly saw the apparition of a hooded monk pass across a doorway and vanish behind the figure of the Baron sitting at his banquet table. The last time this ghost was seen, and captured on camera, in the very same area was back in 2010.

Mountfitchet Castle is open everyday until Sunday 11th Nov and is hoping the ghost will decide to appear again spookily in time for our fun Halloween pumpkin event which is running everyday over the half term until 4th Nov.

Halloween at Mountfitchet Castle

Antiques Road Trip & Diversity's Jordan!

The cast and crew of the Antiques Road Trip came to Mountfitchet Castle in Stansted today the 14th June to film Diversity’s Jordan Banjo and expert Philip Serrell for a scene for an episode of the popular day time show on BBC.

Antiques Road Trip & Diversity

No ducking out of this one, its double trouble!

Once again, Mountfitchet Castle in Stansted has been blessed with another batch of not nine but eighteen freshly hatched ducklings, but Labrador Fred, the famous father of nine ducklings won’t have to worry this time as their mother is carefully looking after her brood and she proudly brought them out of their nest for the first time this morning to have a wander around the castle grounds.

Fred is still being kept busy with his brood but they are growing up fast now so he is beginning to get more well-earned rest times from the mischievous youngsters.

18 Ducklings at Mountfitchet Castle

Nine Lives for Nine Ducklings

Fred the resident dog at Mountfitchet Castle in Stansted stepped up to the challenge when nine little ducklings became orphaned last Thursday. The ducklings’ mum had disappeared and a member of staff found them waddling around the castle grounds alone. The team were very worried about the ducklings but Fred, a 10 year old Labrador, immediately took to them and has been babysitting ever since.

The ducklings absolutely adore him and he has now resigned himself to being a stay at home dad looking after the 9 baby ducklings. They are getting very mischievous even hitching a ride on his back and following him in to the water for a swim in the castle moat.