The Vikings return to Rockingham Castle
THE VIKINGS ARE COMING
SUNDAY 28th & BANK HOLIDAY MONDAY 29th AUGUST 2016
The Vikings of Middle England are set to return to Rockingham Castle this August Bank Holiday to recreate their famous and realistic displays. Enjoy the thrill of a live battle complete with crashing swords and authentic costumes. The Castle will come alive with battles, pageantry and a living history village providing an immersive and educational environment for all the family to enjoy. Experience the sights, smells and sounds of a Viking encampment, set against the thrilling background of a battle scene. Step back in time whilst meandering around the village. Observe craftsmen making weapons and coins, weaving nets and the healer brewing medicines for all those gory battlefield injuries. Experienced bowmen will be on hand to teach their skills, preparing all members of the family to hold their own in a Viking invasion. Against all this excitement, a quiet moment can be enjoyed listening to the storyteller weave fascinating tales to spark the imagination.
The Castle will also be open to observe the splendid collection of paintings and armour. Built by William the Conqueror 900 years ago, the castle has been the home of the Watson family since 1530. Standing in 12 acres of glorious gardens and boasting a licensed restaurant and tearoom and a Gift Shop, this is a day out for all the family to enjoy. The gardens are poised above the Welland Valley with views over five counties. The ramparts enclose both a formal and informal garden set amongst the medieval fortifications. Rockingham of today combines the magic of a living castle, the splendour of a glorious setting and all the facilities of a fantastic visitor attraction. The event is open from 12 noon until 5pm. The Castle will be open from 1pm. Last entry at 4:30pm.
Vikings Programme of Events
12noon Grounds open to see the living history encampment. Witness Saxons & Vikings making weapons, coins and wood turning.
Have-a-go Archery is available next to the Viking Encampment at a small additional charge.
12noon Walker’s House tearooms open for table service lunches, teas and cakes. A hog roast and light refreshments will also be available from the Tilting Lawn marquee.
12:15pm Story telling in the Saxon Encampment on the Tilting Lawn.
12:30pm Outside tour takes place lasting around 40 minutes. Gather at the signed meeting point in the Castle Courtyard.
13:00pm Castle Opens for free flow tours.
Weapons demonstration in the Tilting Lawn arena.
13:30pm Outside tour takes place lasting around 40 minutes. Gather at the signed meeting point in the Castle Courtyard.
14:00pm Story telling in the Saxon Encampment on the Tilting Lawn.
14:30pm Outside tour takes place lasting around 40 minutes. Gather at the signed meeting point in the Castle Courtyard.
15:00pm Let battle commence! The Vikings and Saxons do battle in the Tilting Lawn arena.
16:30pm Final entry to the Castle.
Combined Event & Castle ticket:
Family Ticket (2+2) £33.00
Family (2+2) £28.50
On line tickets may be bought and used for either day regardless of the date on the ticket.