Elizabethan Banquets

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The year is 1595 and you are invited to attend the banquet feast of Sir John Lumley.

Before the banquet starts the doors to the dungeon and guardroom are thrown open where wine, ale & mead can be purchased. To the sound of bagpipes you will be greeted with a friendly smile, but take heed to be well behaved or his Lordship’s Executioner will deal with you!

Armed only with a dagger and a bib you will be served five courses of delicious food.

Throughout the feasting the banquet maids will fill your goblets with mead and wine while entertaining you with songs, sketches and sing-a-longs. Throughout our performance, we tell you the story of Lily of Lumley, Sir Ralph’s wife – who was killed by monks while he was away fighting Northern wars. We will also pay tribute to the Lambton worm – telling the story in a fantastic sing along format. Tribute is made to our landowner – the Earl of Scarbrough as we sing Scarbrough fayre and pay attention as we tell several stories and make reference to local accents and cultures.

At the end of the show the Chamberlain will guide you back to the 21st century to dance in the dungeon to our resident DJ.

During your visit – why not also take the opportunity to look around and revel in the grandeur of our 600 year old castle! For those of you who enjoy art – we have several original paintings located throughout the building which are leased from Tyne & Wear Museums. Just try not to get lost!

Venue: Lumley Castle Hotel

Accessibility Information

Wheelchair access is available with prior arrangement