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Game of Thrones actors to attend Winterfell Festival in Co Down

Game of Thrones fans will get the chance to meet a Knight of the Kingsguard and a member of the Night’s Watch at the Winterfell Festival in Co Down later this month.

The festival, which is being hosted by the National Trust, will take place at Castle Ward on September 24.

The site became an iconic filming location for the HBO series when it doubled as Winterfell, home of the Stark family.

It's been announced actors Ian Beattie, best known as Meryn Trant, Knight of the Kingsguard and Michael Condron, aka Bowen Marsh, First Steward of the Knight’s Watch will be hosting a series of ‘walk and talks’ during the one-day festival.

Festival goers will be able to meet the stars and learn about their experiences on set filming Game of Thrones.

Meanwhile, armourer Boyd Rankin, the blacksmith Mikken at Winterfell, will also be found in the medieval courtyard where he will be showcasing a selection of the swords and weapons he forged for the series, alongside live blacksmith demonstrations.

Visitors will also get to see Grey Wind and Summer - known as Odin and Thor in the real world - two of the Direwolves raised by the Stark family.

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Grey Wind and Summer

During the festival, historical reproduction company Irish Arms will give a series of medieval jousting performances on horseback throughout the day, including sword sparring, jesters and falcon.

For more information, visit www.nationaltrust.org.uk/castle-ward

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