Winterfell is coming to Castle Ward

The National Trust is holding a ‘Winterfell Festival’ (September 16) at one of the key filming locations for the popular TV series Game of Thrones.

Visitors to Castle Ward in Northern Ireland can watch theatrical re-enactments, with jousting at the King’s Tournament Games, film-set stunts, sword-fighting displays and falconry.

Fans can stand in courtyard where Jon Snow taught his brother Bran to shoot a bow, and explore the clock tower – the spot where Bran Stark was pushed from the window by Jaime Lannister.

They can also follow the trail to Audley’s Castle, another filming location for Game of Thrones.

The festival will host a medieval village with blacksmiths, silversmiths, weavers and armourers at work.

Armourer Boyd Rankin, who played Mikken in Game of Thrones, will showcase a selection of the swords he forged for the TV show, and two of the original Stark family’s ‘Direwolf Dogs’ will be making a special appearance.

Festival-goers who purchase an additional ‘meet the actor’ ticket can join an audience with stars from the Game of Thrones TV series.

Details of the actors and the tickets for this additional element of the festival will be announced later this summer.

The Winterfell Festival is supported by Tourism Northern Ireland. Last year’s sold-out festival attracted visitors from around the world including the US, Europe, Puerto Rico and the United Arab Emirates.

Picture credit: National Trust & John Murphy.