Posted in Framlingham

Bloody Mary returns for half term holidays!


Bloody Mary returns:

Sat 28 – Mon 30 May 2016

11am – 5pm Suitable for all ages!

Travel back to Tudor England and meet one of the most gruesome monarchs of all – and 2016 is the 500th anniversary of her birth! Immerse yourself in the sights and sounds of the 1500s in our Tudor encampments and hear tales of Queen Mary and how she got her treacherous nickname. Watch out for your head as you meet our terrifying executioner!

Kings and Queens

Tue 31 May – Friday 03 June 2016

11am – 5pm

Suitable for Children

 Put on a right royal welcome at Framlingham Castle as we teach you to avoid the pitfalls of palace life and impress your regal rulers. Uncover the ultimate curtsey, bow like a pro, and entertain without being a fool. Find out how to be the King’s right hand man or the Queen’s favourite lady in waiting at this school for novice nobles. Get it wrong and it’ll be off with your head!

PRICES for both events:

English Heritage members Free
Adult 8.40
Child, 5-15 years 5.00
Concession 7.60
Family 21.80


Corporate members enjoy free or discounted entry to our site on event days. Please show your corporate membership card on entry to the site.

Temporarily used for contact details: The Engine House, Fire Fly Avenue, Swindon, SN2 2EH, United Kingdom, Tel: 01793 414600, Email:, Website:
FRAMLINGHAM CASTLE View of the castle across the mere.


To book your tickets in advance call English Heritage Customer Services on 0370 333 1181


Church Street, Framlingham, Suffolk, IP13 9BP

 The history of the castle:

The Howard family inherited in 1483, and spent lavishly on refurbishing the castle. John Howard, the 1st Howard Duke of Norfolk, was a loyal supporter of Richard III, and was over 60 years old when he commanded the king’s troops at the Battle of Bosworth in 1485. He died in the front line.

 The castle was the scene of the succession crisis that followed Edward VI’s death in 1553. Through the disgrace of Thomas Howard, 3rd Duke of Norfolk, it had come into the hands of Mary Tudor, elder daughter of Henry VIII, the previous year.



After the death of her brother, Edward, Mary – who had been named as Edward’s heir in Henry VIII’s will – fled to Framlingham, pursued by the supporters of Lady Jane Grey, who wanted a Protestant on the throne. Mary gathered her troops at Framlingham, and was there when she received news that she had been proclaimed England’s first ruling queen. One of her first acts as queen was to restore the estates and dukedom to the Howards.

English Heritage online shop link:

Church of St. Michael, Tomb of Thomas Howard, 3rd Duke of Norfolk, Framlingham, Suffolk, Guidebook.

Volunteering with English Heritage Link:                      



All details taken directly from English Heritage website and from the royal collection.




I love Tudor history and my bookshelves seem to groan a bit more every year !

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