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Bamburgh Castle opens The Christmas Kingdom

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A Christmas Castle: The North East’s biggest indoor festive experience opens at Bamburgh Castle 

 

 Photograph: Stuart Boulton                                                                           

One of England’s best-loved coastal castles is also home to one of north east England’s largest festive experiences, The Christmas Kingdom. 

Perhaps better known for its dramatic coastal location towering 150 feet above the Northumberland coastline, Bamburgh Castle in Northumberland has been transformed into a whimsical Christmas wonderland by award-winning theatrical designer Charlotte Lloyd Webber.

This year’s theme is The Twelve Days of Christmas. Wander through the Castle’s state rooms – each inspired by the gifts of the famous carol. Take in the joyful riot of dazzling displays in a kaleidoscope of rich Christmas colours, huge displays of festive foliage, thousands of twinkling lights. There’s even, of course, a partridge in a pear tree.

Charlotte Lloyd Webber said: Even without its festive fabulousness Bamburgh Castle will take your breath away. You can just imagine how magical an experience it is to visit at Christmas time and see the state rooms bathed in all their festive glory. It has been a joy to create and capture the very essence of a wonderful traditional Christmas here at Bamburgh that will be spellbinding for all visitors of all ages.

Highlights of The Twelve Days of Christmas include the Billiards Room where seven swans swim serenely over a gilded lake. Inside the show-stopping King’s Hall five enormous burnished gold rings glow and turn overhead while in a 20-foot tree in the Cross Hall six geese-a-laying peek from.

Bamburgh Castle is privately owned by the Armstrong family. Owner and custodian Francis Watson-Armstrong said: “Charlotte and her team have worked their magic in the Castle. They’ve certainly turned up the volume on Christmas and have produced a completely unique indoor Christmas experience here in the North East of England. It is a festive masterpiece.

“People want to experience the magic of Christmas and you can do just that that here in the Castle.  As today’s challenging times continue we are all in need of an uplifting experience and break from the norm, especially at Christmas time.”

Alongside the main installation is a Christmas shop where you can buy keepsakes from The Twelve Days of Christmas event as well as gifts, local food, drink, and crafts. Devour moreish festive goodies including homemade mince pies and Christmas cake in the Castle’s Clock Tower Café.

The bonus is you also get to enjoy jaw-dropping sea views from England’s finest coastal Castle.

Entry into the Christmas Kingdom is included with general admission tickets.

 

  • The Twelve Days of Christmas at Bamburgh Castle is open daily (except Christmas Day and Boxing Day) until Sunday January 8th from 10.00am until 4.00pm (last admission 3.00pm).
  • Entry is included with general admission tickets priced at £15.50 adults / £7.65 children. Children under five go free. Family tickets (two adults and up to three children cost £41.00. For less than the price of two family tickets, but an annual pass and visit as many times as you like at Christmas and beyond. Joint annual passes cost £60 and Single annual passes £40. Both include free admission for up to three children.
  • Tickets can be bought online or at the gate.

 

Visit www.bamburghcastle.com for more details and to book tickets. 

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