Newcastle’s Castle Keep steps back in time with Siege and Conquest weekend

Newcastle's Castle Keep steps back in time with Siege and Conquest weekend

Visitors to Newcastle ’s Castle Keep and Black Gate will be able to step back in time at a special historical event this weekend. The ‘Siege Conquest: Time Travel Weekend’ takes place between Saturday, October 22 and Sunday, October 23, and will enable visitors to meet soldiers from different periods of history. The event marks 950 years since the Battle of Hastings and also the anniversary of the Siege of Newcastle during the English Civil War. Over the weekend reenactors will occupy different rooms of the Castle, which was founded in 1080 by William the Conqueror’s son, fourteen years after the Norman Conquest, and give demonstrations. The Black Gate Combat Academy will portray medieval soldiers, while members of Erskine’s Regiment will provide musket and cannon fire. Newcastle’s Castle Keep and Black Gate to host Siege and Conquest time travel weekend On Saturday an authentic medieval catapult will be demonstrated by Wild Dog Outdoors, and live interactive witch trials will take place in the Castle’s basement at 12pm and 2pm, featuring the cast of ongoing theatrical production, WYTCH. Read More Play about witches hanged in Newcastle stirs strong emotions in the Castle Keep The weekend will also mark the on-site premiere of three short films about the history of the Castle, made by Beacon Hill Arts and a team of young artists with a mixture of learning disabilities, autism and additional needs. Thes…

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