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Bamburgh Castle unveils coronation weekend plans

Bamburgh Castle

Enjoy a day out fit for a King and his Queen Consort at award-winning Bamburgh Castle in Northumberland where a majestic line up of special events is planned to celebrate the Coronation Weekend.

Based on Bamburgh’s royal past over the centuries and the monarchs who have called the Castle home or visited the village, events will be running at the iconic coastal fortress inspired by kings from the Saxon Kingdom of Northumbria right through to King Charles III. 

Starting with the 6th century, King Oswald is in the Castle with his army of followers in the form of the brilliant Acle Re-enactors.

Visitors are invited to step back in time to 633 when Bamburgh was a royal citadel and home to the Kings of Northumbria.

King Oswald will be looking for volunteers to train as his warriors – but are you brave enough to fight for King and country? 

Rule from on high and have a coronation of your own and be crowned King or Queen of the north, 150 feet above the shore on the Castle's Throne - a replica of the throne Saxon warriors once swore allegiance to the King in medieval times - see the original throne inside the Castle Staterooms. 

History lovers and fans of The Last Kingdom and newly released feature length special Seven Kings Must Die, will know Bamburgh Castle is the real Bebbanburg and Uhtred the Bold was once its ruler.

Coronation special 'Follow in the Footsteps of Uhtred' tours with Ragnar the Viking will be taking place over the weekend.

Tours includes entry into the Castle grounds and Staterooms where an exclusive The Last Kingdom exhibition with new interpretation of costumes and props can be seen.

Visitors can ascend and sit on the famous Wessex Throne where monarchs in the series were crowned. 

Princes and princesses can pit their skills at the Uhtred Warrior School with Ragnar where they will learn warrior techniques including sword training and finding out who has the loudest battle cry.  

Historian and Bamburgh Castle expert Carol Griffiths will be giving fascinating talks about the monarchs who've influenced the Castle over the centuries. Talks are included free with general admission on May 5th, 7th, 9th and 9th. 

The Royal family are famous for their love of horses – and Shetland pony Marley will be trotting in to the Castle to meet visitors on May 7th and 8th. 

And crowning the activities on Sunday May 7th will be a community sand art event.

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