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Christmas extravaganza is days away

Bamburgh Castle prepares to unveil region’s largest indoor Christmas installation

The finishing touches are being put to a magical Christmas installation at Bamburgh Castle which promises to be the biggest and best indoor festive event in the regions.

Heralded as Saints & Angels, visitors to Bamburgh Castle will travel through staterooms, each transformed into a celestial extravaganza, where angels take flight overhead, sending peace, strength and good fortune to all throughout the castle and beyond. 

Part of The Christmas Kingdom at Bamburgh Castle, Saints & Angels will open to the public on Saturday November 13th and run until Monday January 3rd

Castle owner Francis Watson-Armstrong said: “We are pulling out all the stops for people to enjoy an outstanding and completely unique festive experience as we look forward to being able to celebrate Christmas properly for the first time in two years. 

“It is the first time we have hosted a full-scale Christmas event of this magnitude at Bamburgh Castle and we are looking forward to sharing the finished masterpiece with our visitors. It will be an outstanding Christmas experience that will enchant all generations and ages. It promises to be one of the very best seasonal events the region has to offer and a must-see festive experience.”

Saints & Angel has been produced by world-class set designers Adrian Lillie and Charlotte Lloyd Webber along with the creative team at CLW Event Design. 

Described as a ‘festive extravaganza’ their creation will see the castle’s interiors festooned from on high with theatrical festive sets, dramatic décor, towering floral arrangements, mighty Christmas trees and a host of angels.

Drawing on its 3000-year-old history and rich past as a Royal citadel and seat of the Saint Kings of Northumbria, the displays take inspiration from Bamburgh’s rich and colourful past as well as its architecture and interiors. 

Charlotte Lloyd Webber said: “We are thrilled to be creating Saints & Angels at Bamburgh Castle and celebrating its regal magnificence in a way that will leave visitors mesmerised. It’s the perfect setting for a truly dramatic, sumptuous festive experience which has been a joy to design.

“We have looked to the architecture, setting and interiors of what is England’s finest coastal castle as our inspiration source, drawing on the jewel box palette of the Lindisfarne Gospels created on nearby Holy Island and the opulent colours of the castle’s Oriel window in the King’s Hall.”

She added: “Bamburgh was the seat of the Saint Kings of Northumbria who were blessed by angels. We have applied beautiful angelic iconography throughout the design, which all lends itself beautifully to this majestic castle – from musical cherubs to a soaring gallery of fret-work angels – who will take flight above visitors in the Kings Hall.”

The stunning King’s Hall centrepiece is being produced by Canadian set and light designer Bretta Gerecke whose global accolades include Cirque de Soleil and the Royal Shakespeare Company. 

Saints & Angels is part of a programme of seasonal activities and events within The Christmas Kingdom at Bamburgh Castle. It includes Reindeer Reign where visitors can meet Santa’s herd of Norse reindeer grazing in the castle’s West Ward and taking in views of the very sea their ancestors once travelled over with the Vikings back in the 8th century.

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