About Rockingham Castle

This remarkable castle, built on the instruction of William the Conqueror, has been my family’s home for 450 years. Prior to the Watson’s ownership the Castle was held by the crown. There are very few other homes that have been continuously occupied for nearly 1000 years and within that time been owned by just one family since being relinquished as a royal Castle. I think this is a particularly extraordinary aspect of Rockingham’s long and fascinating story. The Castle is now home to my wife, Elizabeth and our children, all of whom enjoy the Castle as I did as a child.

I very much hope that you enjoy looking at our website and that you will visit the Rockingham soon.

James Saunders Watson

Upcoming Events

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Snowdrops

Join us at Rockingham Castle this February! Here at Rockingham Castle, our Wild Garden is full of many varieties of Snowdrops. Come and explore our Snowdrops trail this February. The new year can bring some cold and frosty days however, this is the perfect time of year to get outside and learn from what nature […]

Easter Fun

There will be plenty of Egg-citement at Rockingham Castle as the Castle & Gardens opens this Easter Bank Holiday!

Rockingham Castle International Horse Trials

Rockingham International Horse Trials is back for 2023! Join us on The Great Park for the thrill of cross country, dressage and show jumping.

Tudor History Day

The living history group Tudor Legacies brings you a Tudor history day at Rockingham Castle.

Teddy Bears Picnic

Bring your Teddy Bear and a picnic to enjoy in the castle gardens and follow the teddy bear trail!

Jousting & Medieval Living History Village

Knights and Horses combine for hard-hitting and fun Medieval Jousting display on the Tilting Lawn.

“Romeo & Juliet” By the Lord Chamberlain’s Men

Come and enjoy ‘Romeo & Juliet’ in the Castle Gardens, performed by The Lord Chamberlain’s Men.

Food & Drink Fair

Enjoy a wide selection of local produce in the Castle Gardens, all made by independent manufacturers from the local area.

Artisan Market

The Artisan Market will showcase the best of food, drink and crafts from the local area.