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  • 01
    01.May.Friday

    Discover the Vikings

    10:00 -16:30
    01-05-20
    The Beacon
    West Strand, Whitehaven CA28 7LR, UK

    A unique collaboration that spans a continent, The Beacon is proud to host Discover the Vikings, an exclusive Viking themed exhibition, from 29 June until 29 September.

    Set to delight locals and tourists alike, this unique combination of artefacts, replicas and digital interactives unearths the North of England’s rich Norse heritage.
    Discover the Vikings is an amalgamation of two of The JORVIK Group’s touring exhibitions, Valhalla and Heroes.

    Valhalla explores life and death in Viking Britain through 1,000-year-old artefacts and a replica boat dressed for a ship burial.

    In Heroes, learn what the archaeological evidence can reveal about this heroic age through human remains bearing the battle injuries of a warrior. Step inside a Viking tent for the full atmospheric experience, smells and all!

    The Beacon Museum’s permanent exhibition includes a vital clue in the Norse story of West Cumbria. Recent studies on the Beckermet Norse hoard, found in 2014, have revealed that the silver ingots originated from all across mainland Europe, even containing traces of Islamic dirham coins; proof if any were needed that the Norsemen connected our region to a global trading network.

    Opening times

    • Tuesday to Saturday (plus Mondays during school holidays) 10:00am – 4:30pm
    • Sundays 11:00am – 4:00pm.
    • Last entry 3:45pm

    Tickets

    • Adult £6.50
    • Concessions £5.25
    • Child £3.25
    • Under 3s free of charge
    • Family ticket (2 adults + 2 children) £16.50 for a family (2 adults and 2 children)

    Discover the Vikings is suitable for visitors of all ages. For more information, related events, workshops and other activities, please see thebeacon-whitehaven.co.uk or check the Beacon’s social media pages.

  • 01
    01.May.Friday
    Muncaster Castle Three Graces Exhibition

    'The Three Graces' Castle Exhibition

    12:00 -16:00
    01-05-20
    Muncaster Castle, Ravenglass CA18 1RQ, UK
    Muncaster Castle, Ravenglass CA18 1RQ, UK

    From August 19th through to September 2nd, Muncaster Castle celebrates the astonishing achievements of three remarkable Victorian women.
    Talented, plucky and spirited women are found peppered liberally throughout the family history of Iona Frost-Pennington, the current owner.

    Thomas Sheridan and Caroline Henrietta Callander had three daughters: Caroline, Helen and Jane Georgiana. Because of their beauty, wit and accomplishments, these three sisters were known by their contemporaries as “The Three Graces”. Georgiana is Iona’s great-great-great grandmother.

    The Castle’s public rooms will showcase the lives of the Sheridan sisters with costumes worn by Georgiana when she was Queen of Beauty at the Eglinton Tournament, songs and poems by Helen, and the story of Caroline’s determination in challenging the lack of legal rights for women.

    A replica of Georgiana’s Queen of Beauty dress for Iona’s daughter, Isla, is being made for the Exhibition which, when not being modelled by Georgiana’s 4x great granddaughter, will be on display.

    The exhibition is available at no extra charge to holders of general admittance tickets including Castle entry and free to Friends of Muncaster. It is open daily with the Castle’s public rooms from 12 noon to 4pm.

    Find out more and buy entry tickets online with 15% discount.

    Image credit: The Honourable Mrs Caroline Norton and Her Sisters by William Etty. By kind permission of Manchester Art Gallery

  • 01
    01.May.Friday
    Muncaster Krankenhaus Festival

    Krankenhaus Festival with British Sea Power

    All day
    01-05-20
    Muncaster Castle, Ravenglass CA18 1RQ, UK
    Muncaster Castle, Ravenglass CA18 1RQ, UK

    The Krankenhaus Festival is a three day weekend event featuring acclaimed UK indie rock group British Sea Power. The Festival begins at 6pm on Friday 6th Sept and runs through to Sunday 8th with tickets including free camping and entry to Castle, Gardens and Hawk & Owl Centre.

    The festival performances will be from early or mid pm daily with the music taking place in an historic barn on the estate and the literary offerings in the Castle itself.

    British Sea Power, whose event this is, will perform at least twice plus the band members will appear with other acts.

    The Krankenhaus Festival line-up to date is as follows BUT it is still being added to. Follow BSP’s dedicated website for this event or @BSPOfficial on social media for the latest additions.
    Bo Ningen
    Will Burns & Hannah Peel
    Celestial North
    Alison Cotton
    DSM IV
    Callum Easter
    David Keenan
    Modern Ovens
    Stephen Morris
    mylittlebrother
    Mr Ben & The Bens
    Penelope Isles
    The Pictish Trail
    Rozi Plain
    Slow Tree
    Snapped Ankles
    Squid
    Luke Turner

    Weekend tickets are £125 for adults with reduced prices for under-17s. Under-5s are free.
    There will be a single £15 parking charge for overnight parking for the weekend. Parking is free for those not staying over.
    Camping is included in the ticket price. Motorhomes and camper-vans staying for the weekend are subject to the £15 parking charge. Food and drink will be available for purchase at the festival and pets are welcome.

  • 01
    01.May.Friday
    Muncaster Castle Ghost Vigil

    Scientific Ghost Vigil

    18:00 -10:00
    01-05-20-10-11-19
    Muncaster Castle, Ravenglass CA18 1RQ, UK
    Muncaster Castle, Ravenglass CA18 1RQ, UK

    Every year we offer public places on one or two ghost vigils here at Muncaster, to allow members of the public to meet and work with the scientific vigil team here at one of Britain’s most haunted locations.
    The 2019 vigil will be on Saturday 9th November. 

    The vigil will be led by members of the scientific research team, who have been researching the “hauntings” of Muncaster since 1992 and who will explain the rationale of a scientific investigation, and train participants in the use of various items of technical equipment and research methods before supervising the overnight investigation in various locations of the Castle.

    This is your chance to take part in serious on-going research at the country’s most prominent location and meet like-minded professional researchers. Many of the team’s research findings have been published in top peer-reviewed international scientific journals.

    The cost will be £99.00 per person and includes refreshments on arrival at 6pm, an evening meal, tea/coffee throughout the vigil and a full English breakfast and debrief before departure at 10am on the 10th.

    Read more about this event. Call or email us at Muncaster to enquire about booking or to go on our mailing list for this or other future vigils.

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