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There’s grisly goings on at Bamburgh Castle this Halloween

A Gruesome Anglo Saxon Doctor, Blood curdling Viking screams and more!

This Halloween visitors to Bamburgh Castle might bump into Alfgred the Anglo Saxon doctor – and be warned – she’s not for the faint-hearted!

Anglo Saxon physician Alfgred will be at Bamburgh Castle on Saturday October 24 and Sunday October 25 showing how patients were treated centuries before things like Paracetamol, anaesthetic and Elastoplast were invented.

Karen Larkin events manager at Bamburgh Castle said: “Life was very different for people living in Anglo Saxon times, but just like us today, they went to see a doctor or physician when they were unwell or had been injured.

“They also had to deal with some grisly injuries in combat on the battlefield. Let’s just say the treatment was a little different then and those who are squeamish might have to look away during Alfgred’s Anglo Saxon Doctor sessions.

“Please be aware there will be blood, guts and maybe even gore, Alfgred is quite brutal so be prepared!”

Sessions with physician Alfgred are suitable for children aged six and over and take place in the Castle’s West Ward Bell Tent at 11am, 1pm and 3pm each day.

Uhtred’s Viking School returns for the half term holidays with Ragnar the Viking putting youngsters through their warrior paces on October 20th and 26th. Discover who has the loudest blood-curdling war cry, name your Viking sword and get the chance to be crowned King or Queen of the North.

There’s a special Halloween Hope the Dragon trail around the castle grounds. Follow the clues and if you discover Hope’s special Halloween word there’s a sweet treat reward at the end!  Hope the Dragon’s Halloween Trail runs from October 15 to October 30.

And if you fancy doing something that’s completely unrelated to Halloween, why not make a beautiful Autumnal Wreath using locally foraged foliage from Bamburgh Castle Estate. Workshops take place on Tuesday October 18 and Tuesday October 25.

Sessions take place in The King’s Hall and all materials and instruction is provided. Wreath making workshops must be  pre booked.

For more information about Halloween and half term events at Bamburgh Castle visit our What’s On page.

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