A weekend fit for a King

Bamburgh Castle celebrates coronation weekend with a majestic events line up

The coronation weekend is just around the corner!

We’ve a majestic events line up to celebrate the coronation of King Charles III and for you to enjoy a day out that’s fit for a King.

Follow in the footsteps of monarchs who have lived and visited Bamburgh Castle for a royally good time for all the family with events and activities all based on Bamburgh’s royal past over the centuries.

Have a coronation of your own and be crowned King or Queen of the North on Bamburgh Castle’s Gift Throne – a replica throne upon which warriors once swore allegiance to the King – and see the original throne inside our Staterooms.

If you’re a fan of The Last Kingdom and watched the newly released feature length special Seven Kings Must Die you’ll know Bamburgh Castle is the real Bebbanburg and Uhtred the Bold was once its ruler. Our Coronation special  ‘Follow in the Footsteps of Uhtred’ Tours with Ragnar the Viking include entry into the Castle grounds and Staterooms where our exclusive The Last Kingdom exhibition of costumes and props including the Wessex Throne can be seen. Click here for tour dates, times and to book tickets.

Meanwhile prince and princesses can pit their skills at the Uhtred Warrior School with Ragnar. Click here for Warrior School information, dates and times

King Oswald is in the Castle with his army of followers in the form of the brilliant Acle Re-enactors. You’ll step back in time to 633 when Bamburgh was a royal citadel and home to the Kings of Northumbria.  King Oswald will be looking for volunteers to train as his warriors –  but are you brave enough to fight for King and country?

Historian and Bamburgh Castle expert Carol Griffiths will be giving fascinating talks about the monarchs who’ve influenced the Castle over the centuries. Talks are included free with general admission on May 5th, 7th, 9th and 9th.

And to crown it all on Sunday May 7th we’re making our own piece of history and paying tribute to King Charles III by creating a giant sand art design on the beach below the Castle. Claire Eason of Soul 2 Sand will be designing and making the special commemorative artwork – and you could be part of it.

We’d love you to join us and help Claire rake and fill out the design. Places are very limited and are being allocated via pre-booked sessions between 12 noon and 2.00pm. Click here to apply.

Don’t miss the chance to watch history being made. Our battlements 150 feet above the installation will give a bird’s eye view of the artwork as it is created and to see and experience the finished design.

COMING SOON: Her debut historic novel Cecily  is a Sunday Times and Times ‘Top Pick’ and a Waterstones Best Book. Meet author Annie Garthwaite on Friday May 12th for an exclusive ‘Audience With’ event inside the Castle and find out how she brought Cecily to the page. This astonishing story plunges you into the blood and exhilaration of the Wars of the Roses and reimagines the life of Cecily, Duchess of York – mother of Kings, wife and shrewd political player. Bamburgh Castle became the first Castle in England to fall to gunpowder during the Wars of the Roses. A special tour will follow Annie’s talk. Tickets include admission into the Castle and Staterooms.

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