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Tuesday 21st August: 7.30pm

Thornbury Castle, Castle Street, Thornbury, Bristol, BS35 1HH

The manor of Thornbury dates back to the 10th century and the time of the Domesday Book. In a disastrous ancient love triangle, Brictric – one of the manor’s earliest recorded owners – lost possession when he spurned the advances of Matilda of Flanders. Matilda later married William the Conqueror, who seized Thornbury, awarded it to his Queen and imprisoned her one time love.

Edward Stafford, Duke of Buckingham, built the castle during the reign of Henry VIII, though he wasn’t able to enjoy it for long. After being betrayed to the king by a disgruntled servant, Stafford was arrested for high treason and executed on Tower Hill. Henry claimed the castle for himself, spending ten days here while on his honeymoon tour with Anne Boleyn. It remained royal property until the death of his daughter Mary I, when it was returned to the Duke’s descendants.

For two centuries, the castle was unoccupied, falling into ruin. In the 1850s, it was saved and turned into a family home. Its more recent occupants have included the Howards, the Clifford family, Kenneth Bell MBE and the Baron and Baroness of Portlethen.

Please do not bring picnics. There will be a cash bar, food and refreshments available before the performance and in the interval.

Why not book an afternoon tea at the Castle before the show? For information about Thornbury Castle’s Afternoon Tea menu, please click here

Please note – the castle interiors are not open to children under 8 years old. Allocated toilets are available for ticket holders. 

To book, call the Box Office on 01242 572573 or visit