Come and explore the castles and tell us your tales, draw your castle pictures and enter our competition to win a Castle sleepover for you and your friends.

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 campaign, launched earlier this 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.

Helped by the character Detective Bones, 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. 

In addition to the two major heritage sites that are part of the Castle Challenge competition, the young detectives can also explore for free the ruins of 14th Century Grosnez Castle, where 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.  Please take your entires to Elizabeth Castle, Mont Ogrueil Castle or for Gronez compeition entires please take to Jersey Musuem. 

The booklet can be downloaded here - and the terms and conditions of the competition can be read here.

The Castle Challenge is part of the Love Your Castle campaign to raise awareness of Elizabth Castle and to encourage Islanders to re-discover this iconic landmark. As part of this project Jersey Heritage, with the support of Ogier, are launching a schools based programme of activity for October and November 2017 - this gives all Key Stage Two children the chance to come (as part of an organised school visit) out to the castle to take part in a day of experiments and learning.  This is a free activity (including transport to and from the school to the castle for Key Stage Two children). More information can be found by contacting your school.