Groups can fly the flag for English castles

Groups visiting English Heritage attractions can enter a prize draw to win a trip, as part of the heritage charity’s fundraising campaign this summer.

The organisation is asking its visitors to help conserve its castles by making a donation in exchange for a flag at its key sites around the country.

English Heritage says it is raising funds to help protect its 66 castles “from the ravages of time for the centuries to come”.

Groups visiting English Heritage attractions during August can get involved in the conservation campaign by looking out for special castle-shaped collection boxes, where they can pick up flags in exchange for a small donation.

Organisers can take a photograph of group members waving their flags during their visit and send it to English Heritage to be entered into a prize draw for the chance to receive a free visit for a group of 11 to 50 people in 2019.

Photographs should be sent by email to with ‘Fly the Flag Photo’ in the subject line.

English Heritage castles which will have collection boxes include: Carisbrooke Castle, Isle of Wight; Carlisle Castle, Cumbria; Dover Castle, Kent; Framlingham Castle, Suffolk; Goodrich Castle, Herefordshire; Kenilworth Castle, Warwickshire; Pendennis Castle, Cornwall; Scarborough Castle, North Yorkshire; Tintagel Castle, Cornwall; and Walmer Castle and Gardens, Kent.

Many castles are hosting jousts and other colourful events to bring the medieval past to life this summer, with discounted entry for groups of 11 or more.

Pictured is a joust at Dover Castle.