Henry VIII Royal Banquet
In 1520, Henry VIII travelled across Kent with an entourage of noblemen, soldiers and servants on his way to Calais to meet King Francis I of France for a royal summit which became known as The Field of Cloth of Gold.
In celebration of the 500th anniversary of this extraordinary event, join us for the Royal Joust and later a splendid feast held on the very day we believe Henry VIII visited his Castle; in the very Banqueting Hall he designed in honour of his wife Catherine of Aragon. Choose to attend the evening in Tudor costume if you wish,as young King Henry joins the gathering to talk about his journey to France and expectations of his tournament with the French King.
Residential guests are welcome to arrive in the morning to enjoy the spectacular joust as the knights of England take on the mighty French warriors. Dinner guests join the party as the sun lowers in the sky, gathering outside "the loveliest castle in the world". The King will be joining for reception drinks in the Library, mingling with the guests and telling of his exploits, accompanied by musicians playing their historic instruments.
Take your seats in the grand Banqueting Hall for a splendid three course feast served in Tudor style with live music from the period. As the night unfolds, join in song and head for the Heraldry Room to learn courtly Tudor dancing; or simply relax with coffee and chocolates in the splendid Castle drawing rooms. For those staying overnight, head back to your luxurious room and wake the next morning to a full English breakfast served in the Castle Dining Room.
Afternoon and dinner price per person (excluding accommodation) £115
Accommodation (twin or double): Castle State Bedroom £325 - Castle Standard Bedroom £275