Winterfell Festival- Game of Thrones Northern Ireland 24th September

The National Trust invites you to step into the world of the Stark family at Castle Ward on Sunday 24 September 2017 for Northern Ireland's very own Winterfell Festival.

This one day festival is not to be missed. It's an opportunity to discover the setting of the Stark family home, see first-hand theatrical re-enactments from the fantasy TV series, meet an actor from the show, watch spectacular games unfold in a mystical landscape and enjoy lively music, local food and much more.

Winterfell Festival promises to fully immerse Game of Thrones fans into George R R Martin's mythical world of Westeros. Set within an 820 acre historic demesne on the shores of Strangford Lough, Westeros and Winterfell Festival await you.


Festival gates will open at 11am on 24 September and at 12 noon a fanfare will herald the arrival of the King's procession as he visits House Stark at Winterfell for The King's Tournament Games. Irish Arms, a historical reproduction company, will perform a series of medieval jousting shows on horseback throughout the day.  Sword sparring, archery demonstrations, 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.

Travellers will be encouraged to walk down the Kingsroad to the Inn at the Crossroads where they can pull up a pew and listen to stories from A Song of Ice and Fire Series One being performed by Footsteps theatrical company, while dining on venison pie and ale.

Running from 11am until 5pm, there's also a full line-up of interactive entertainment for all ages to enjoy. Join a skirmish to Audley's Castle, explore inside the iconic Winterfell Tower House or watch a Game of Thrones theme Shadow Puppet show. Children especially will enjoy the 'King's mini tournament' with hobby horses and jousting games.

Meet the cast

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 festival. Festival goers will be able to meet the actors and learn about their experiences on set filming Game of Thrones.

Amongst the medieval themed stalls, armourer Boyd Rankin, who starred as
Mikken in Game of Thrones will showcase a selection of the weapons he
forged for the world famous TV series, alongside live blacksmith demonstrations.

Visitors will also get to see Grey Wind and Summer, two of the Direwolves raised by the Stark family. Known as Odin and Thor in the real world, these Northern inuit dogs are the closest thing to real wolves you'll ever meet!

Get tickets

Winterfell Festival is a ticketed event only, with access to Castle Ward exclusively for Winterfell Festival ticket holders on 24 September. Tickets are expected to sell out fast, so make sure to get the date in your diary!

For more information and to book your ticket, please visit

Tickets can also be purchased in person at the Visit Belfast box office (9 Donegall Square North, Belfast, BT1 5GB) for £22.50, plus £3 transaction fee if paying by card.

At Just over an hours Scenic drive if you are staying in our selfcatering Apartments here on the Antrim Coast its worth the trip for any big GOT fans visiting Northern Ireland.

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