Bamburgh Castle launches inaugural Christmas Kingdom

At a time when we could all do with a hearty sprinkling of seasonal cheer, Bamburgh Castle is launching its first-ever Christmas Kingdom celebration.

Inspired by the castle’s magical past as Bebbanburg where Nordic folklore and legends ebb and flow with real life and history, Bamburgh Castle’s Christmas Kingdom is designed to lift the spirits.

Launching on Saturday, November 21 and running until January 3, this year’s Christmas Kingdom is a mix of virtual and in situ, socially distanced festive experiences at the 1400-year-old castle, which was the inspiration for Bernard Cornwell’s epic historical Last Kingdom book and television series.

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Santa will be at Bamburgh Castle.

Live streamed directly by pre-booked, one-to-one Zoom sessions with Father Christmas, ClausTime calls come directly from the castle’s magnificent King’s Hall.

Once the castle reopens, pre-booked Meet Father Christmas Experiences are set to take place in Santa’s Covid-secure grotto, inside the Victorian Stables.

Castle visitors will be able to stroll through staterooms adorned in Christmas glory and meet some very special seasonal visitors, for grazing contentedly in the castle’s West Ward will be a herd of Norse reindeer. Visitors will be able to feed the reindeer with bags of sustainable Scandinavian moss – a favourite treat of theirs to munch on.

Bamburgh Castle events coordinator Karen Larkin said: “I think we’re all in need of some heart-warming Christmas cheer right now, so it is extra fitting that the castle’s first-ever Christmas Kingdom begins this weekend with our ClausTime virtual Father Christmas experiences.

“We wanted to make sure these would be absolutely fantastic and magical in every way. Strangely enough, by making these fully personalised events virtual they’ve become even more enthralling and wondrous for little ones and their families who receive a special keepsake box, as if by magic, in time for their meeting with Father Christmas.

“It also means we’re able to reach out further afield and to offer an experience for children who perhaps are vulnerable and shielding and their families. It makes it more inclusive and magical for everyone which is what Christmas spirit is all about.”

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Pre-booked tickets, which include a 5% discount are available from www.bamburghcastle.com priced £11.16 adults / £5.46 children. Under-fives receive free admission.

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