Sudeley Castle celebrates the women of its past and present
By David Wood
Where: Sudeley Castle, Winchcombe
When: Throughout September
Throughout September, Sudeley Castle will be celebrating the influential women who have helped to shape its past as the castle launches its Women of Sudeley exhibition.
With a history spanning more than 1,000 years, Sudeley Castle and Gardens has played an important role in the turbulent and changing times of England's past - and women have been at the forefront of Sudeley's history throughout the centuries.
Now, the incredible women who have helped create the castle's dramatic story - from a Saxon princess and Tudor queens, to the Victorian and present chatelaine - will be highlighted through a series of stories and exhibits during September.
Visitors will be able to step back in time to discover what it was like to live at the castle during the reign of the Tudors, Victorians, Edwardians and more.
It will offer insights into iconic figures including Queen Katherine Parr, the last and surviving wife of King Henry VIII, who lived and died at the castle and still remains entombed in the castle's church.
Characters from Sudeley Castle's past will be greeting visitors to the castle on various dates throughout the month, and there will opportunities to enjoy afternoon tea with Katherine Parr or the castle's Victorian chatelaine, Emma Dent, in a new series of 'character conversations' events available exclusively to groups.
The 'Character Conversations' events cost £25pp and include admission to the castle and gardens, cream tea and a talk, and are only available for group bookings (in advance).
The month-long event also includes a new exhibition of fashion worn by Lady Ashcombe, Sudeley's present chatelaine, on special occasions - a royal ball, a family wedding, parties in the 1960s and 70s, along with favourite designer styles.
During September visitors also have the unique opportunity to buy a selection of vintage and designer pieces donated by Lady Ashcombe, her family and friends, to raise funds to add to the wildlife sculptures in the castle gardens.
Sudeley Castle is open daily until December 22, 2019, offering visitors the chance to enjoy the magic of Sudeley in the run-up to Christmas.
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