Sudeley Castle in the Cotswolds will welcome costumed characters to the site for a weekend of music, fantasy and entertainment.

Fantasy Forest Festival is coming to Sudeley Castle

Sudeley Castle in the Cotswolds will welcome costumed characters to the site for a weekend of music, fantasy and entertainment next year.

The event will take place on the 20th and 21st July, 2019 and tickets are already on sale for the festival.

Visitors will be invited to come in fancy dress and to mingle amongst a host of characters, from fairies, pirates and Vikings, to storm troopers, knights and elves.

The weekend will see a host of entertainment and activities on offer, including costume competitions, dancing workshops, children’s entertainers, archery, Viking and Medieval re-enactments, a Wicker Man ceremony, food stalls, and traders.

There will also be live music, ranging from Celtic rock groups The Dolmen and Greenrose Faire, as well as Irish folk band Harmony Glen and UK folk-goth band, Inkubus Sukkubus.

More information on the festival

Highlights of the festival will include appearances from Terry English, who has created armours for film productions including Excalibur, Aliens, First Knight, Batman and Robin, and Gladiator.

Internationally-renowned artist Anne Sudworth will be exhibiting her works and Italian costume designer, make-up artists and ‘cos-player’ Manuel D’Andrea will be hosting demonstrations on makeup artistry. The British writer and expert in Medieval legends, Professor Roland Rotherham, will also be present and will be giving talks at the event.

Martin Pelgrim, event organiser, said: “The Fantasy Forest Festival is a combination of a number of existing events and festivals, which will see people from all walks of life coming together in one place to enjoy a visual spectacle like nothing that has ever taken place in the UK before.”

Sudeley Castle’s head of events, Astrid Martin, added: “The Fantasy Forest Festival promises to be an exciting and visually dazzling event and we are delighted to be hosting them at Sudeley Castle for what promises to be an event like no other we have seen here before.”

Booking a group visit to Sudeley Castle

Discounts are available for group bookings to the event but tickets to the Fantasy Forest Festival do not include admission to Sudeley Castle.

Groups visiting the castle can benefit from reduced admission, and tailored visits to suit your group’s individual needs. A range of specialist talks and tours are also available, along with access to the family’s rooms, extensive exhibitions, ten award-winning gardens and the rare-breeds pheasantry.

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