Battles and history get given a new lease of life at castle

Vikings getting ready to invade Rockingham Castle
Vikings getting ready to invade Rockingham Castle

Members of the public going to Rockingham Castle will have to be warned as the Vikings return over the Bank Holiday Weekend.

There are battles, horses, pageant and living history at the event on Sunday, August 30 and Monday, August 31.

The Vikings of Middle England will be attending the event and are known for their realistic, exciting and entertaining battle displays. 

Visitors can also see about life off the battlefield in the tented encampment with tradesmen displaying their skills, making weapons and coins, weaving nets and brewing medicines.

There is also the opportunity to join the fun with Have-a-go-Archery and to listen as story tellers wow the crowds.

Operations manager at Rockingham Castle, Laurie Prashad, said “This event is one of the highlights of our calendar.

“The castle settings provide a wonderful setting to recreate the fascinating tale of the invading Norsmen who this year are joined by the sturdy and engaging Icelandic Ponies”.

Rockingham Castle was built by William the Conqueror 900 years ago.

Overlooking the Welland Valley, it has been the home of the Watson family since 1530.

The Castle stands in 12 acres of glorious gardens and boasts a collection of paintings, armour, a licensed restaurant, tearooms and a Gift Shop.

The gardens are poised above the Welland Valley with views over five counties.

The ramparts enclose both a formal and informal garden set among the medieval fortifications.

Rockingham combines the magic of a living castle with glorious settings and all the facilities of a fantastic visitor attraction.

The event runs from noon to 5pm on both days.

Combined event and castle tickets are £11.50 for adults, £8.50 for children and 31.50 for a family ticket for one days entry.

Entrance to just the event is £10.50 for adults, £6 for children and £27 for a family ticket.

For further information about the event and to book tickets visit