Winterfell Festival Programme

Armour at Winterfell Festival, Castle Ward in Co. Down

Find out what's happening at Winterfell Festival

The King's Games - Front Lawn

11.30 - Arrival and opening of the games in the main arena with Ian McElhinney, the Devils's Horsemen, Ned Stark, Armagh Rhymers and Swordfighters

Swordfighting, Falconry displays, and full contact jousting from The Devil's Horsemen throughout the day 11.45 - 4.30

The Devil's Horseman shows: arrival at 11.30, full contact jousting at 12.30 and skills display at 3.00

Ian McElhinney (aka Ser Barristan Selmy, Lord Commander of the Knight's Watch) in conversation at 1.15

The magnificent Irish Arms put on a show for King Robert
Jousting games taking place at Winterfell Festival 2017
The magnificent Irish Arms put on a show for King Robert

Also on the front lawn:

  • Weapons displays, warm-ups and classes from the Freelancing Knights of Redemption
  • Visit the birds from the Northern Ireland School of Falconry
  • Visit the Winterfell Bees and taste their honey - 'Game of Drones'
  • Hog Roast and cider (£)
  • The Fancy Fox coffee (£)
  • Visit the mansion house and discover enigmatic natural history, armour and stories
Winterfell Festival at Castle Ward, Co. Down
Winterfell Festival at Castle Ward, Co. Down
Winterfell Festival at Castle Ward, Co. Down

Young Knights Arena - Gothic Lawn

  • Mini Knights Games 12noon - 4.30 - take part in games like Capture the Dragon, Dragon Egg Race and a mini jousting tournament
  • Armagh Rhymers wil be entertaining with songs and stories - take part in the procession at 4.30
  • Have a go at archery (adults and children) with Clearsky Adventure Centre

Kingsroad - Laurel Walk

Walk the Kingsroad to Winterfell, through trees far older than you that have seen much...

  • Food from The Hatch (£)
  • Visit the Hawkers Village to see the Woodturner, Ratcatcher, Candlemaker and more
  • Meet the Direwolf Dogs 11.30 - 1.30, 2.30 - 4.30
Meet Summer and Grey Wind at Winterfell Festival
Odin and Thor aka the Direwolves at Winterfell Festival 2017
Meet Summer and Grey Wind at Winterfell Festival

Inn at the Crossroads - The Barn

Throughout the day fans of A Song of Ice and Fire be entertained by:

  • Masha Heddle - The Tavern Keeper
  • Maester Luwin - Scholar and Herbalist
  • The Hound
  • Kimmich the Bard

Venison pie and ale from The Cuan (£)

Meet characters from the series on your travels
Winterfell Festival at Castle Ward, Co. Down
Meet characters from the series on your travels

Winterfell

  • The Night's Watch deserters on trial: 11.45, 12.43, 2.45, 3.45
    The White Walkers have been spotted...haven't they?

The White Walkers trail (every 30mins from 12noon)

  • Dare to 'Take the black' with the Night's Watch and join those brave enough to go out and see the truth of the White Walkers for yourself
  • Bring back evidence and let us know with #winterfellwalkers

Ian McElhinney meet and greet at 3.30pm in Winterfell

Winter has arrived at Castle Ward
White walkers have arrived at Winterfell Festival, Castle Ward
Winter has arrived at Castle Ward

Throughout the day:

  • Meet Boyd the Armourer aka Mikken the blackmsith at Winterfell and see Arya's Needle amongst other weapons forged for the filming
  • Blacksmith demonstrations from Owen Mort
  • Find out how our farmyard was turned into Winterfell with stories and pictures
  • Green Screen Photography - put yourself into the set (£)
  • Winterfell Tours Archery sessions - booking essential (£) 
  • The Slaughterhouse Shop
  • Artists Studio
  • Trail Head Cafe - tea, coffee and snacks to go (£)
Boyd shows off some of the weapons he's made for Game of Thrones
Boyd shows off some of the weapons he's made for Game of Thrones
Boyd shows off some of the weapons he's made for Game of Thrones

Throughout the day you'll be entertained by wandering musicians and rhymers - come prepared to explore the estate and discover all that Castle Ward has to offer.

(£) - These items have additional costs

Please note access on the day will be via the main Strangford Road only.