Dungeons, daggers and a five-course feast are just a few of the Tudor treats on offer next month at County Durham’s Lumley’s Castle.
On February 6 and 27 the imposing castle-turned-hotel at Chester-le-Street is turning back the clock to 1595, giving diners the chance to feast and party Elizabethan-style.
On arrival guests will be led to the dungeons before being piped into the Baron’s Hall and seated on benches for dinner, which will be served by ladies of the court in period costume and eaten with a dagger instead of cutlery.
The dishes will include the likes of sticky pork ribs and honey-baked chicken, with red wine and mead served in earthenware goblets.
In-between courses, the castle’s ‘Lord Chamberlain’ will entertain diners with tales of yore and local legends – including the sorrowful story of Lily of Lumley who was thrown into the stronghold’s well by priests and whose ghost has been seen by countless visitors and staff over the years.
Throughout the evening the lords and ladies of the court will perform sketches and a variety of songs, from traditional North East folk ballads to a rousing finale of more popular tunes.
Finally, guests can round off the evening by dancing to a disco in the dungeon.
Director of sales and marketing, Nola Collinson, says: “The Elizabethan Banquets really show Lumley at its majestic, historic best. They’re great fun and make a really memorable night out for groups of friends or work colleagues.”
Lumley’s Elizabethan Banquets cost £28.50 per person and there’s a Banquet Bed and Breakfast package priced at £79.50 per person.