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30th Aug 2018

One of the stars of Game of Thrones is coming to Ireland very, very soon – here’s how to meet them

Ever wanted to visited Westeros?

Well, good news then – because Ireland’s biggest Game of Thrones festival is coming very, very soon. 

The unique event, which happens on September 16 at Castle Ward, will see the historic National Trust estate transformed into Winterfell, the home of House Stark.

And this year, they’re throwing a celebration fit for a king as Mark Addy, better known to Game of Thrones fans as King Robert Baratheon, will be making a guest appearance at the festival.

There is going to be two intimate Q&A session at the Winterfell Festival, where fans are going to have the chance to ask Mark Addy some questions – as well as get some insight as to what it was like to be part of one of the biggest TV series in the world.

Jacqueline Baird, General Manager Castle Ward said:

“Winterfell Festival continues to be a must-attend event for Game of Thrones fans and we are delighted to welcome Mark Addy, Aka King Robert Baratheon back to the home of the Stark family.

“Tickets to the sessions with Mark are free and will be available through the National Trust ticketing website from Wednesday 5 September at 10am; however visitors must already have purchased a ticket to the festival to attend the Q&A.

“As places are limited, tickets will be allocated on a first come first served basis, so fans are advised to book early to avoid disappointment.”

There’s going to be plenty of other things happening throughout the day, including the King’s Tournament Games – which will have a thrilling display of swords, fighting, falconry and jousting.

Or fans will be able to ‘take the black’ and join the Night’s Watch, helping protect the realm from the White Walkers.

Armourer Boyd Rankin, who played blacksmith Mikken in Game of Thrones, will showcase a selection of the swords he forged for the show, and two of the original Stark family Direwolf Dogs, Grey Wind and Summer, will be making a special appearance.

Tickets for the Winterfell Festival event cost around £25 – around €28 – and you can find out more information (or get your ticket) here.

If you’re hoping to head along to the Q&A sessions, you must have a ticket for the festival itself – and they’re only available through the website. However, a limited number of spots will be available at Castle Ward on the day.