The one-day festival is based on the grounds of the 820-acre Castle Ward estate, the National Trust property that doubled as the Stark family ancestral home for most of Season One of the series. The festival promises an immersive Game of Thrones-styled experience with a medieval village and King’s Tournament Games. ‘Meet the actor’ tickets will offer the opportunity to join a small audience with stars from the series, while armourer Boyd Rankin, who played Mikken, will display a selection of the weapons he forged for Game of Thrones.
Grey Wind and Summer, two of the original Stark family Direwolf dogs will also make an appearance. Home to more Seven Kingdoms locations than anywhere else in the world, Northern Ireland has earned its title as Game of Thrones Territory. Those who would like a full weekend in Westeros, or longer, can fill their time with an array of ‘Thrones’ related experiences. Coach tours, medieval banquets, self-guided cycles, sea safaris, archery experiences and even afternoon tea featuring Baratheon bread and Dothraki trifle with mini dragon’s eggs and more are available. www.nationaltrust.org.uk/winterfell