Cotswolds celebrate a Queen’s quincentenary

Date Posted: 07/09/2011

The Cotswolds are set to celebrate a Queen’s quincentenary in 2012, as Sudeley Castle and Winchcombe village host the year-long Tudor-themed Katherine Parr Festival.

With celebrations tying in with both the Cultural Olympiad and the current Queen’s Diamond Jubilee year, highlights throughout the year will include appearances from several of the UK’s foremost historians, authors and gardeners.

Groups visiting Sudeley Castle during the festival year will have the chance to see a Katherine Parr exhibition, featuring items from the castle’s collection, in addition to items on loan from national and historic collections. The last of Henry VIII’s six wives, Katherine Parr married Lord Seymour of Sudeley after the king’s death in 1547, and lived her final days, died and was buried at Sudeley Castle. A new film presented by Dr David Starkey will also be on display, providing visitors with an illustration of Katherine’s life.

Additional highlights will include monthly Tudor Fun Days with falconry, minstrels and costumed characters; a Tudor themed banquet on the 8th September; and a re-enactment of Katherine Parr’s funeral following the original service and music on 9th September. Both of Winchcombe’s major annual festivals - Winchcombe Welcomes Walkers from 18th to 20th May; and the Winchcombe Festival of Music & Arts, provisionally 29th May to 4th June - will also contribute to the Katherine Parr Festival in 2012.

For further information and details of the festival, log onto www.sudeleycastle.co.uk 

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