Wed 8 Jul 15
It's going to be a busy summer at 700 year-old Balgonie Castle, near Markinch, as it hosts events from medieval to modern times.
The Castle, which is still home to the Laird, Raymond Morris, and his family, is hosting two special events to celebrate its medieval heritage. Looking to the future, the Castle is also running a special raffle to win a £1000 wedding package.
Visitors of all ages are invited to come and experience medieval life for themselves on 26th July from 10am to 4pm. The day is packed with living history vignettes from the Medieval Methil group, crafts, games, food and castle tours. Fans of Outlander and Game of Thrones will find plenty of familiar scenes to enthrall them. Outlander has been filmed at the Castle and the Great Hall is believed to be the inspiration for the Red Wedding scene in Game of Thrones. Tickets for the wedding package raffle will also be on sale during the day and the lucky ticket will be drawn around 3.30pm.
The Castle has become a popular wedding venue, offering its own wedding chapel and reception facilities. Around 50 weddings a year take place here offering an intimate yet splendid location for bridal parties and friends to celebrate their special day.
Kelly Morris of Balgonie Castle said, "The Castle is a unique home for our family and we pride ourselves on making it very welcoming for all our guests whether they are here to visit for a medieval day out or to share their momentous occasions with us. We have had lots of experience in dealing with whatever our guests need – whether it is spending three days aging our well for a Hollywood show, putting on a candlelight wedding breakfast for 60 people or showing school children the jail cell in the tower. We are delighted to welcome everyone."
On 9th August, Balgonie Castle is the venue for The Three Inch Fools, a troupe of Shakespearian actors and folk musicians, performing their new and fast-paced production of Shakespeare's The Tempest. The company is on tour around the UK and visits Balgonie before heading to Glamis Castle later in the month. The performance will be set in the beautiful Castle courtyard and audiences are encouraged to bring along their rugs and picnic baskets to enjoy the performance in the perfect surroundings. Tickets are available via priced £12.50 each.
Ann Camus, Fife Tourism Partnership manager, said, "Balgonie Castle is a hidden gem amongst the many historical attractions in Fife. Visitors are delighted to discover that it is still a living castle with many interesting events to experience. Fife's connections with big name movies and shows like Outlander really link our heritage with contemporary attractions and this is a great combination for holiday visitors and special event tourism."