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Mark Addy at Winterfell 2018 in Northern Ireland

On September 16th, Castle Ward—a National Trust site in Northern Ireland which has famously served as a location for Game of Thrones—will be hosting a Winterfell 2018 event which will feature a number of entertainments, including displays by the Devil’s Horsemen who’ve worked on the show’s horse stunts for years, a display of weapons from the show made by Boyd Rankin, and more.

And among that more is the newly-announced inclusion of Mark Addy—King Robert Baratheon himself!—to be part of a Q&A session.

(Atop of all that, Linda and I will also be present to report on the event, but we’ll have pens handy if anyone wants to lug their copy of The World of Ice and Fire over there to get our autographs.)

See below for the full details in the press release, explaining how to get a ticket to attend the Q&A with Addy, and providing more information about the event:

King Robert Baratheon returns to Winterfell

Winter is coming ……. and so is Mark Addy, Aka King Robert Baratheon to the highly acclaimed Winterfell Festival at Castle Ward on Sunday 16 September.

Special guests and entertainment will transform this historic National Trust estate, into Winterfell, home of House Stark in the world-famous HBO production Game of Thrones.  King Robert, played by Mark who has a central role in series one, will be making a special guest appearance at Castle Ward, the only heritage property used in the hit drama.

Mark, an award-winning actor and BAFTA nominee will host two intimate Q&A sessions at the Winterfell Festival where an audience of fans will have the opportunity to ask questions and get an insight on what it is like to be part of one of the biggest televisions shows in the world.

Jacqueline Baird, General Manager Castle Ward comments; “Winterfell Festival continues to be a must-attend event for Game of Thrones fans and we are delighted to welcome Mark Addy, Aka King Robert Baratheon back to the home of the Stark family.

“Tickets to the sessions with Mark are free and will be available through the National Trust ticketing website from Wednesday 5 September at 10am; however visitors must already have purchased a ticket to the festival to attend the Q&A.  As places are limited, tickets will be allocated on a first come first served basis, so fans are advised to book early to avoid disappointment. Guests attending the session will also receive an exclusive signed photograph of Mark.


“For those who aren’t lucky enough to get their hands on a ticket to the sessions, there is still plenty of interesting and exciting activities to explore throughout the day across this unique site.  The King’s Tournament Games offers fans thrilling displays of Sword fighting, falconry and jousting from the Devils Horsemen.  Journey along the Kings Road to the Inn at the Crossroads, where characters from the show await; ‘Take the black’ with the Night’s Watch and spot the White Walkers near the barrows of the first men.

Armourer Boyd Rankin, who played blacksmith Mikken in Game of Thrones, will showcase a selection of the swords he forged for the show, and two of the original Stark family Direwolf Dogs, Grey Wind and Summer, will be making a special appearance. It really is an unmissable day out for all Game of Thrones fans.

Day tickets for Winterfell Festival event, which is proudly supported by NITB and Newry, Mourne and Down District Council, cost £25 with access to a full programme of events and entertainment, and can be purchased in person at Visit Belfast, or online at http://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/winterfell.  Tickets for the sessions with Mark Addy are only available through the website. A limited number of tickets will also be available to purchase at Castle Ward on the day.

For more information on Winterfell Festival 2018, tickets, and how to get there, head to The National Trust website at http://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/winterfell 


This event is independently operated by the National Trust and is not sponsored, endorsed or affiliated with HBO or anyone associated with Game of Thrones.

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