Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

King-Size Attraction

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

King-Size Attraction

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Detail of headboard from the State Paradise Bed As Auckland Castle prepares to welcome the first visitors of spring, here are just some of the things they can look forward to The bed in which one of England's greatest monarchs, Henry VIII, may have been conceived forms the centrepiece of a stunning new exhibition marking the opening of Auckland Castle for the 2014 season on March 30.

Possibly the only piece of furniture to survive from the Tudor palace of Westminster, the Paradise State Bed is believed to have belonged to Henry VII and his wife, Elizabeth of York.

Now the 528-year-old elaborately carved and decorated four poster joins other Tudor artefacts - many never before seen in the North East - at the heart of the spectacular new The Power and the Glory showcase at the historic Bishop Auckland attraction.

The temporary exhibition, which runs until September 30 and explores how religious art was the propaganda of Tudor England, is the first of many exciting cultural, family and food events planned for County Durham's Auckland Castle over the coming months.

Highlights include: April 19-21, 10.30am-4pm, Pollard's Boar Easter Egg Hunt: Family fun as you explore the castle and grounds tracking Easter eggs and letters to reveal a secret code word to win a chocolate prize. The weekend also includes craft activities and a lunchtime harp recital in Auckland Castle's iconic chapel.

April 26-27, Bishop Auckland Food Festival: A feast of family fun is promised as 160 of the region's top food and drink producers set out their stalls at this now annual event centred on Auckland Castle. Food rockets, edible stories and vegetable juggling are just some of the weird and wonderful attractions promised alongside a plethora of home-grown and home-made produce, along with appearances from celebrity chef Simon Rimmer and CBeebies stars Stefan Gates and Katy Ashworth.

May 3-5, 10.30am-4pm, Medieval Family Fun Weekend: Dress up as a Tudor king or queen for the day, play themed garden games in Auckland Castle's beautiful grounds and take part in craft activities. …

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