A challenge has been set for all Jersey primary school age children to explore the Island’s great fortresses and win a sleepover for them and nine friends. The Jersey Heritage Castle Challenge, sponsored by law firm Ogier, calls on all young adventurers to explore Elizabeth Castle and Mont Orgueil and then submit a picture or story about their experience.
As part of the organisation’s Love Your Castle initiative, launched last year, booklets have been delivered to all 32 primary schools to give children a chance to complete the challenge during their summer holidays. There are two sleepover prizes available – one for Best Picture and the other for Best Story.
The young explorers are encouraged to visit Mont Orgueil and charge around the adventure playground, dress up as knights and princesses, climb the steps to the very top of the Castle and enjoy the far-off views of the French coast. If they are lucky they may also see dolphins or seals swimming in the bay. Or they can take the amphibious ferry out to Elizabeth Castle to discover cannons, hear gruesome stories from the regimental Surgeon and uncover weapons from battles fought.
Download your Castle Challenge Booklet HERE
In addition to the CastleChallenge, Ogier has supported a number of formal learning initiatives at Elizabeth Castle this year.
In addition to the two major heritage sites that are part of the Castle Challenge competition, the ‘Story Guards’ can also explore for free the ruins of 14th Century Grosnez Castle, Philippe de Carteret held out against the French at the start of the 100 Years’ War. The Castle Challenge is open to all Island schoolchildren aged five to 11, who can submit either a picture or a story.
Entries have to be submitted by 3rd September and the sleep over has to be booked by 31st August 2019, subject to availability and terms and conditions