Thursday, 26 May 2016

Tudor Festival at Berkeley Castle

Henry VIII, Queen Anne Boleyn & their Royal Court 

Next week during May Half Term we have a Tudor Festival taking place at Berkeley Castle! Each day there will be an exciting range of special activities taking place, suitable for the whole family. 

Normal admission prices apply, with all activities included in the ticket price. 

Falconry Display's on the Lower Lawns 

There will be Medieval Falconry Displays on the Lower Lawns with the chance to have your photo taken with the magnificent birds of prey. Raptorcare is one of the South West's premier falconry companies whose expertise lies in Medieval falconry - as part of the display learn how food was put on the table in Tudor times and more about these amazing birds. 

The Royal Entourage 

King Henry VIII, Queen Anne Boleyn and their Royal Court will be returning to Berkeley Castle by popular demand. Find out what life was like in Tudor Times, and marvel at their stunning outfits. Throughout the day they will parade around the Castle and assemble in the Great Hall for an opportunity for visitors to have an audience with the King & Queen. 

Bring your youngsters in their finest Tudor outfits on Monday 30th May for the chance to win a Tudor Trophy which will be awarded to the best Fancy Dress Outfit of the day. 

For those who love history there will be fascinating Tudor documents on loan from the Muniment Room, displayed in the Small Drawing Room. These items are rarely available for public viewing. Included will be a signed warrant by Queen Mary which dates back to 1554, a letter from Queen Elizabeth 1st to George Lord Hunsdon c1600 as well as a warrant to enlarge the Castle Deer Park dated 10 February 1522 which was also signed by King Henry VIII. 

On Sunday & Monday there will be guides situated in each of our public rooms who can tell you all about the history of the Castle and items in each of the areas. 

On Tuesday & Wednesday there will be guided tours of the Castle throughout the day.   

Deerhound Racing 

On this Sunday 29th May the popular 17th Century sport, Deerhound Racing, will return to Berkeley Castle on the Old Golf Course. See the dogs up close at 11.15am for the Deerhound Procession around the Castle, where there will also be a Scottish Piper leading the way. 

Family Fun at Berkeley Castle 

For parents looking for Half Term fun with their children, along with all of the above activities to entertain children, pop by the Education Room where Bev will be on hand for Arts & Crafts and youngsters can make a Tudor Keepsake to take home. Our ever popular Dressing Up Area is always good fun and a great spot to capture memories along with the Dragon Hunt around the Castle Grounds. 

The Yurt Cafe will be open for light bites, hot and cold drinks, ice lollies and yummy slices of cake or tray bake!

The Butterfly House will also be open throughout the Tudor Festival. With over 40 different species of Butterfly, transport yourself to a tropical setting! 


Alternatively tickets can be purchased from the Ticket Office on arrival.   

Opening Times

Tudor Festival: Sunday 29th May - Wednesday 1st June

11am - 5pm 
(last entry at 4pm) 

Last Guided Tour for the day (Tuesday & Wednesday) - 3.30pm 
Free Car Parking with Admission 

We look forward to welcoming you to Berkeley Castle! 




Berkeley Castle, Gloucestershire, GL13 9BQ


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