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Bloody Mary returns to Framlingham Castle

PUBLISHED: 11:12 19 May 2015 | UPDATED: 11:12 19 May 2015

Knights preparer to fight at the Clash of Knights event at Framlingham Castle on Sunday, 3 May.

Knights preparer to fight at the Clash of Knights event at Framlingham Castle on Sunday, 3 May.

History comes to life this bank holiday weekend

Crowds flocked to Framlingham Castle on Monday the 26th August for a day of activities and events about Flodden Field,the forgotten battle, that if lost, would have changed the face of the history of King Henry VIII as we know it.Crowds flocked to Framlingham Castle on Monday the 26th August for a day of activities and events about Flodden Field,the forgotten battle, that if lost, would have changed the face of the history of King Henry VIII as we know it.

Visitors to Framlingham Castle this bank holiday weekend may get more than they bargained for as the infamous Bloody Mary Returns to the medieval fortress for a display of power that will leave families in no doubt as to which side they should be fighting for.

It was July 1553 that the soon to be Queen Mary I gathered her forces at Framlingham Castle, as she prepared to march on London to depose Lady Jane Grey. This would be the catalyst for a terrifying five year reign that would give her the nickname, ‘Bloody Mary’.

Visiotrs to the castle can discover much more about the bloody and intriguing tales of the Tudors from an array of costumed characters visiting the castle, including the fearsome monarch herself.

Families can wander through the Tudor camps and pay a visit to Mary’s executioner to learn about his gruesome trade as well as that of the Tudor surgeon who may be needed following firepower displays from archers competing against guns and combat displays from the mighty army of Queen Mary.

For children inspired by the iconic ruler, they have the opportunity over the half-term to put on a right royal welcome at the castle and uncover the ultimate curtsey, bow like a pro and learn to entertain without being a fool at Kings and Queens on Tuesday 26 to Friday 29 May.

Bloody Mary Returns

Sunday and Monday May 24-25 (bank holiday) 11am - 5pm

Framlingham Castle, Framlingham IP13 9BP

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