Hylton Castle holds open event and family fun days

Sunderland City Council Cultural Heritage Manager Vicki Medhurst, chairman of Friends of Hylton Castle Keith Younghusband (left) and Hylton Dene project officer Maurice Bates (right) with artists plans for the re-development of Hylton Castle which will be on display to the public at this weekend's Family Fun day event at the castle.
Sunderland City Council Cultural Heritage Manager Vicki Medhurst, chairman of Friends of Hylton Castle Keith Younghusband (left) and Hylton Dene project officer Maurice Bates (right) with artists plans for the re-development of Hylton Castle which will be on display to the public at this weekend's Family Fun day event at the castle.
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HYLTON Castle is set to be invaded by fun-lovers with a serious purpose this weekend.

The famous fortress will be hosting a free family fun day between 11am and 3pm on Saturday, with storytelling, historical interpretation and castle tours, as well as the chance to view the plans for the castle redevelopment.

This event is a great opportunity for everyone from the local community and across the city to come along and see our plans and enjoy a great family day out.

Friends of Hylton Castle chairman Keith Younghusband

Coun John Kelly, city council portfolio holder for public health, wellness and culture, said: “This event is a great way of everyone finding out more about the ambitious plans we have for this magnificent location. On show during the event will be the plans for putting Hylton Castle back into the heart of the community.

“Working with partners, our aim is to turn a historic landmark into a community asset. This is a great opportunity to create a heritage-led learning centre, providing cultural, education and training opportunities for the city.”

The council has joint funded the project with a development grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) and work is now under way on the Round Two application for approximately £3million, to go forward to HLF in August.

The voluntary group Friends of Hylton Castle has been working for the last 20 years to bring the castle back into use. Chairman Keith Younghusband said: “As a group, it’s always been our intention to restore the castle to its former glory. This event is a great opportunity for everyone from the local community and across the city to come along and see our plans and enjoy a great family day out.”