The festival, which is being hosted by the National Trust, invites visitors to step into the world of the Stark family at Castle Ward, the iconic filming location for Winterfell, House of Stark, in the popular HBO series. Tickets for the festival are proving hugely popular with visitors travelling to County Down, Northern Ireland for an insight into George R. R. Martin’s mythical world of Westeros. Ian Beattie, aka Meryn Trant, Knight of the Kingsguard and Michael Condron, aka Bowen Marsh, First Steward of the Knight’s Watch will be hosting a series of ‘walk and talks’ during the one-day festival. Festivalgoers will be able to meet the actors and learn about their experiences on set filming Game of Thrones. Visitors will also get to see Grey Wind and Summer, two of the Direwolves raised by the Stark family. Winterfell Festival centres round the King’s Tournament Games. Historical reproduction company Irish Arms will perform a series of medieval jousting performances on horseback throughout the day. Sword sparring, jesters and falcon flights will add to the atmosphere in the tournament ring where visitors will be able to feast on roast hog washed down with local cider. www.nationaltrust.org.uk/ castle-ward/features/winterfellfestival-2017-
15 September 2017
Fans of Game of Thrones will have the opportunity to meet a Knight of the Kingsguard and a member of the Night’s Watch at the Winterfell Festival on 24 September.