Lumley Castle - Elizabethan Banquet
A unique and inspirational venue, this is no ordinary hotel. The magnificent spectacle of Lumley Castle is a splendid monument of a bygone age of chivalry and honour. 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 and 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. At the end of the show the Chamberlain will guide you back to the 21st century to dance in the dungeon to the resident DJ.
Day 1 Departure: 0700-0800 or 0800-0900 hrs. Making a lunch stop en-route Harrogate (cost not included). Hotel check-in. Elizabethan banquet consists of a five course feast (set menu), with two goblets of wine and two goblets of mead. Be entertained by the Lords and Ladies of the Court, followed by a disco in the dungeon!
Day 2 Visit Durham, this captivating city with winding cobbled streets and a prominent peninsula crowned with the dramatic Cathedral and Castle World Heritage Site. A quintessential old English university city of timeless quality with rowing on the Wear and relaxing riverside walks,
combine with a vibrant contemporary culture of superb cafés, artisan workshops, boutiques, galleries and museums. Arrive home: mid evening.
• Return coach travel
• 1 night accommodation
• Breakfast – served traditional English
• Elizabethan Banquet Dinner
• All coach tours
Lumley Castle Hotel, Chester-Le-Street
Located in 9 acres of parkland, 10 minutes walk to Chester-Le-Street and 8 miles from Durham. The origins of this magnificently preserved hotel go back to the 9th Century, although the main building dates back to the 14th Century. It has been carefully refurbished and is now an international hotel offering an exciting blend of ancient history and modern luxury. It combines rustic charm and old beams with subdued lighting, hidden corridors and secret passages, which enhance the delightful atmosphere!
Bedrooms: En-suite with TV, telephone, tea/coffee making facilities, hairdryer, iron and ironing board. All bedrooms are located in the courtyard (originally the stable block), immediately adjacent to the Castle.
Facilities: Bar and lounge. Night porter. Hotel porter service is at extra cost.
Mobility Information: 3 floors in the castle, 2 floors in the courtyard. Lift only to 1st floor dining rooms. Limited ground floor bedrooms. Various steps throughout the hotel.
Ratings 2015 – Very satisfied / satisfied:
Bedrooms: 100% • Cleanliness: 100% • Food: 80%
No single room supplement
Double for single occupancy supplement £25*
Castle room supplement £25*
Castle feature room supplement £35*
*per person per night
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