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Easter at Alnwick Castle


Alnwick Castle in Northumberland is thrilled to opens its great doors to day visitors again on Thursday 29 March 2018 - just in time to get your Easter holidays off to a fantastical flying start!  The Castle will be open every day from 10am to 5.30pm until 28 October 2018.

All sorts of amazing, magical activities to suit all ages will be taking place here throughout the holidays and beyond. And true to form, the Castle will have some very surprising and exciting new activity announcements to make over the coming weeks, so watch out on the website! 

Broomstick training is offered at regular intervals throughout the day (in the exact spot where Harry Potter received lessons in the film) and visitors can now book a time slot of their choice.

You can also join highly popular ‘On Location’ tours, where knowledgeable guides show you where famous scenes were filmed and divulge insider secrets of films and TV series shot at the Castle, including Downton Abbey; Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone; Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets; Transformers the movie; The Hollow Crown and more.

Nothing is very serious for long at Alnwick Castle and Peterkin the Jester will be have you thoroughly entertained from Wednesday 4 April to Friday 6 April.  Whether toppling on stilts, fire-eating or balancing upside down on anyone he can trick into lying down, you won’t be able to miss him – or his trumpet!

There’s hubble, bubble and lots of trouble with Alchemy Jack, alias Dr John Greene, at Alnwick Castle over Easter from 30 March to 3 April. With his mysterious medicines and peculiar potions, along with smoke, flames and all manner of magic, he’s sure to cast a spell over the crowd – but will he be able to turn dragon’s blood into gold? Or can he blow up Artisans Courtyard? The 9th Earl of Northumberland (1585-1632) was particularly fascinated by alchemy, the study of how to turn base materials into gold.

If you’re a Harry Potter fan, there’s a treat for you from Wednesday 4 April to Saturday 7 April when lookalike characters inspired from the films will be mingling with the crowds. Have your picture taken with Harry or Hermione!

Mystical birds of prey, as used by ancient wizards, will be swooping down on Alnwick Castle from Saturday 7 to Tuesday 10 April and you can find out more about their mysterious powers from their present-day owners, Raphael Falconry.

But it’s not all murky and misty in this medieval world… Alnwick Castle’s popular mediaeval jesters, Zooted, will be returning to wow the crowds with their unique mix of fire-eating, sword-juggling, comedy and trickery from Wednesday 11 to Saturday 14 April. Escape them if you can!

From alchemy and archery to magic, mirth and mystery, you can prepare to be spellbound by Alnwick Castle.



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