At Alnwick Castle this Easter you’ll find fearsome beasts and mediaeval magic, spooky stories, jolly jesters, enchanted broomsticks and a whole magician’s treasury of fantastical fun and games for all ages.*
Right through the Easter holidays, mini-knights and fair princesses can get into costume for thrills and spills in Knight’s Quest. Make crafts to take home, play traditional games, practise mediaeval skills and take your place on the magnificent throne.
With a huge array of additional activities, performing characters, pottery and mediaeval tile-making, film location tours, spine-chilling cellar visits as well as beautiful paintings, exhibitions and grounds to see, you might find it tricky to fit everything into one day here!
And will you be brave enough to face the Castle’s newest, hugest, most fearsome inhabitant deep in his dark lair? The Alnwick Castle dragon will be making his first appearance on 10 April in Dragon’s Quest. He likes his new home in the shadowy castle and word is that he’ll be here for a while! Are you truly ready?
The Castle’s mysterious and magical Alchemist will be appearing daily throughout the Easter holidays until 13 April. Will he be able to change dragon's blood into gold? Will he blow up Knight's Quest? Is he scientist, sorcerer, scary swindler or a wicked madman?
Another new feature for the whole of 2017 will be the Alnwick Castle “On Location” tours, where you will visit the scenes of film and TV locations, such as Downton Abbey, Harry Potter and the Hollow Crown and hear amusing, off-camera filming anecdotes with an entertaining costumed guide.
Small children along with mums, dads and grandparents will love stilt-walking, fire-eating Peterkin the Jester who travels the grounds thrilling crowds with tricks and tomfoolery. He’ll be around between 8 – 10 April and 18 – 20 April inclusive. On Easter weekend, you’ll be lucky to escape the attentions of colourful, sword-juggling jester tricksters Zooted who will be surprising and amusing audiences with their madcap performances.
Alnwick Castle starred as Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry in the first two Harry Potter films and Potter-inspired characters will be chatting, performing and posing for pictures with visitors from Tues 11 April to Thursday 13 April inclusive.
All year round but with a magical energy over the Easter holidays, Potter fans of all ages can also try the famous Alnwick Castle broomstick training led by wizards at the very spot where Harry learnt to fly. These are held at regular intervals throughout the day and are included in entry ticket but best to book as soon as you arrive – and arrive early - as this is very popular.**
Not for the faint-hearted are the dark and creepy Lost Cellar Performances, which also run at regular times throughout the day until 29 October. Discover the mysteries that lie deep beneath the castle’s walls, where the air is thick with the sounds of lost souls and forgotten centuries. Restrictions apply and age limit is 13 upwards as this event is truly scary.**
Back into the light and open air and in the second week of the Easter holidays you can step right into the world of medieval falconry with England’s finest historical falconers who will be performing with their mighty birds here from 18 – 20 April inclusive. It’s a mix of theatre and history and a sight to behold.
Still outside and getting into the mediaeval spirit? Then follow in the footsteps of many soldiers and try your hand at one of England’s oldest skills! “Have a go Archery” takes place at regular intervals throughout the day and is available for a small charge of £3.50 for 8 arrows). This activity is weather dependent and for nine years and upwards**
But maybe you’re more interested in the culture and history of Alnwick Castle. If so, take a tour of the State Rooms and see the splendid furniture and beautiful paintings by famous world renowned artists like Titian and Canaletto.
Similarly, you can view a fascinating exhibition of Harry Hotspur, immortalised by Shakespeare in his history plays, here at Alnwick Castle.
You will find the Courtyard Café, the Stable Fryery and Courtyard Barbeque available for delicious meals and refreshments and there are two well-stocked gift shops.
For more information please go to www.alnwickcastle.com or call 01665 511 100
* All activities are included in the one-off admission fee apart from Have a go Archery which is available for a small charge of £3.50 for 8 arrows). This activity is weather dependent and for nine years and upwards.
** These events take place at regular times throughout the day and are included in admission ticket but must be booked in advance so early arrival recommended.
Published: Monday 10/04/2017
By Visit Northumberland
Alnwick Castle is the one of the largest inhabited castles in England; it has been home to the Duke of Northumberland’s family, the Percys, for over 700 years.
Combining magnificent medieval architecture with spectacular Italianate State Rooms, Alnwick Castle is one of the UK’s most significant heritage destinations. In recent years, it has taken starring roles in a number of film and television productions, most famously featuring as Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry in the Harry Potter films and as Brancaster Castle in ITV’s Downton Abbey.