The National Trust is delighted to announce the return of Winterfell Festival 2018 to Castle Ward on Sunday 16 September.
Winterfell Festival is held in the grounds of Castle Ward, an historic estate on the shores of Strangford Lough which has gained global recognition as the filming location for Winterfell, House of Stark, in series one of the popular HBO programme.
The festival promises an immersive Game of Thrones styled experience unlike any other, in an authentic filming location. Tickets are now on sale for the festival which attracted fans of the book and hit TV series in their thousands to the event last year to experience Northern Ireland’s only Game of Thrones inspired festival.
Building on the success of last year’s event, visitors to Winterfell Festival 2018 will have the opportunity to walk in the footsteps of Ned Stark, Lord of Winterfell and experience theatrical re-enactments of scenes from George R. R. Martin’s first novel in the fantasy series, A Song of Ice and Fire. Visitors will experience a Winterfell where tensions are high as tales of ancient peoples, once thought extinct, who can kill with a mere touch of their flesh, rattle the residents.
Visitors can join the crowds and soak up the atmosphere at the King’s Tournament Games where skilled horse riders will perform enthralling film-set stunts and tricks fit for entertaining royalty. Full contact jousting, sword fighting and falconry will add to the atmosphere, creating an unforgettable event.
Come along and stand in the very courtyard where Jon Snow taught his brother Bran to shoot a bow and arrow. Then explore the clock tower, an iconic feature in the Winterfell landscape and the spot where Bran Stark is pushed from the window by Jamie Lannister.
Follow the trail to Audley’s Castle and see if you can avoid crossing the path of the most feared creatures in Westeros, the White Walkers.
Experience the sights, sounds and smells of a medieval village and watch skilled blacksmiths, silversmiths, weavers and armourers at work.
Armourer Boyd Rankin, who played Mikken in Game of Thrones, will showcase a selection of the swords he forged for Game of Thrones and two of the original Stark family Dire Wolf dogs will be making a special appearance. The Stark’s Grey Wind and Summer are known as Odin and Thor in the real world and are the closest thing to real wolves you’ll ever meet!
Festival goers who purchase an additional ‘meet the actor’ ticket, will have the opportunity to join an intimate audience with stars from the Game of Thrones TV series. Details of the actors and the tickets for this additional element of the festival will be announced later this summer.
Supported by Tourism Northern Ireland, a full festival programme is still to be released, but fans of the show are advised to book early as the event sold out last year, attracting visitors from around the world including America, Europe, Puerto Rico and the United Arab Emirates.
Tickets for Winterfell Festival 2018 are now on sale – £25 adult, children £10 (5-16), under 5s free. Family ticket £65 (2 adults and 2 children).
Tickets to meet the actors will be sold separately and go on sale later in the summer.
For more information and to book festival tickets visit www.nationaltrust.org.uk/winterfell