The Brancepeth Castle Re-enactment & LARP Market (nr Durham)

Hurrah!! We’ll be back at Brancepeth Castle in 2017, October 28th & 29th.

( Change of date is to avoid clashing with Bernie’s Cambridge Market )

This is the ONLY Re-enactment and LARP MArket North of Coventry, but if you don’t use it, it won’t survive. The setting is superb, come and support it!


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2635970_cd8d3468This is a genuine Castle, once owned by the Neville Earls of Westmorland, has a lot of history, was HQ for the Durham Light Infantry before falling into neglect and being rescued by the current owners, who are doing their best to restore and preserve it. They hold a very successful Craft Fair there twice a year, using the same rooms that are on offer to us, and the sheltered lawned areas inside the Curtain Wall.

Space is obviously going to be limited inside the Castle, and stands are going to have to be exactly measured and adhered to so that we ensure proper aisles and fire exits and the like – it will not be anything like as “free and easy” as an equestrian arena, and you won’t be able to drive up to your pitch, trolleys are recommended and steps may be encountered. But you’ll be trading in a Castle!

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At this one I will have to charge £2.50 admission. All of this admission money goes straight to the owners and will be used for the ongoing upkeep and restoration of the Castle, which is not generally open to the public, so it could be argued it is not “Paying to Go Shopping” so much as paying an admission fee to explore a Castle where you just happen to be able to do some serious specialised shopping

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The location in the North East is excellent, being easy reach of the A1(M), and close to Durham, Sunderland, Middlesborough, Darlington, Gateshead, Newcastle and not that far from Edinburgh.

Pitch fees for 2017 will be about £13 a square metre, with tent pitches £60 for up to and including a 4m by 4m, £100 for anything larger.

First come first served. Booking Forms on request, davidksmith56 AT