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We are delighted to announce, that following updated government advice, we are now able to open our gardens and grounds to visitors. Our first open day will be Tuesday 23rd June. We will be opening on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from 10:30am – 4:30pm.  All tickets must be pre-booked in advance using...

Rockingham Castle is celebrating a successful year after hosting many high-profile events. 2019 saw the return of popular family affairs, including the Easter experience, Jousting and Viking days, and Halloween Fun. The unique Victorian Christmas also proved as renowned as ever – with thousands of visitors attending over the five days, and...

Positive comments from visitors at Rockingham Castle’s sell-out Victorian Christmas event have been flooding in. Thousands of people enjoyed the unique festive experience which ran over five days from Wednesday 27th November – Sunday 1st December, and included humorous reenactments, candle lit trees, roaring fires and splendid period costume. Visitors were transported...

Half term Halloween fun was enjoyed by hundreds of families during Rockingham Castle’s four-day spooky event. Cobwebs, skeletons and other ghostly decorations added to the exciting atmosphere in the castle’s historic gardens and rooms, and the pumpkin-rollings, biscuit-decorating, quizzes and trails hosted by the popular Witches of Rockingham, were a continued...

Families and history-lovers enjoyed the fearsome Vikings at Rockingham Castle as temperatures soared to record levels this August Bank Holiday weekend. During the two hottest days of the year so far, the Vikings of Middle England performed realistic battles in their authentic warrior armour as crowds cheered. The Living History Village, where...

Thousands of food-lovers experienced Rockingham Castle’s first ever Food & Drink Fair at the weekend – and owner, James Saunders Watson has pledged to make it an annual event. Thirty food and drink specialists from Northamptonshire and surrounding areas showcased their fine artisan products to crowds of local foodies on the...

Hundreds of families enjoyed a thrilling jousting event on Father’s Day as people flocked to Rockingham Castle.   The Knights of Nottingham Jousting event wowed crowds who braved the showery weather to give their dads a medieval treat. Jousting on horseback, sword-fighting and fire-eating were among the many activities for children and families...

The original Norman motte and bailey, formed the core of the castle. The bailey with its curtain wall, and adjoining motte, enclosed 3½ acres; plus a second bailey (now the Tilting Lawn).  The motte: Was 30’ high and 100’ wide surrounded by a 30’ wide moat; on it there was a well.  The baileys. Rockingham had two...

In the spirit of World Book Day we thought we would share with you some information about Charles Dickens and his connections to Rockingham Castle. During the Victorian era, Richard and Lavinia Watson entertained here in style and among their guests was their great friend Charles Dickens. This friendship with Richard...

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