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Graham Bathe has made a 20-year intensive study of the history of Savernake royal hunting forest, the Seymours and Wolfhall. He retired from 40 years in nature conservation, was chairman of Britain’s oldest conservation body – the Open Spaces Society, and is on the Council of the National Trust.
Alexzandra Hildred is Head of Research and Curator of Ordnance and Human Remains at the Mary Rose Trust. Alex joined the project in 1979 as a graduate archaeologist and has since directed the site monitoring, survey and excavations which culminated in recovering the stem in 2005. She has researched and published the weapons of the ship, and has worked with the Royal Armouries manufacturing and firing full-scale copies of guns recovered. Alex has taught both at undergraduate and post graduate level and within the Nautical Archaeological Society training scheme. She was Chairman of the Institute of Field Archaeologists Maritime Affairs Group and a member of the Government Advisory Committee on Historic Wreck Sites.
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Dr. Elizabeth Goldring was previously Research Fellow in the University of Warwick’s Centre for the Study of the Renaissance and is now an Associate Fellow of both the Centre and Warwick’s History of Art Department. She is co-editor of two essay collections – The Progresses, Pageants, and Entertainments of Queen Elizabeth I (Oxford University Press, 2007) and Court Festivals of the European Renaissance: Art, Politics and Performance (Ashgate, 2002). Elizabeth’s research is interdisciplinary, often straddling the boundaries between literature, history, and art history. Areas of particular interest include: 16th- and 17th- century court culture; England and the Continental Renaissance; portraiture and biography; and the reception of Tudor art and literature from the 17th century to the present day.
Glenn is Professor of Early Modern History [in the Faculty of Education, Humanities and Social Science] at St Mary’s University, Strawberry Hill, London. His main research areas are international political and cultural relations in the sixteenth century with particular reference to Anglo-French relations; monarchy and masculinity, royal and princely courts. In addition to journal articles and chapters in edited collections, his main publications to date are: The Field of Cloth of Gold (Yale UP, 2014), ‘The Contending Kingdoms’: France and England 1420-1700 (Ashgate, 2008), Renaissance Monarchy: The Reigns of Henry VIII, Francis I and Charles V (London, 2002) and Tudor England and its Neighbours [co-edited with Susan Doran] (2005). He has just completed a new biography of Cardinal Wolsey for Routledge due for publication in 2019 and his next research project is a new study of the court of Henry VIII.
We’re adding new speakers all the time. Plus there’ll be panel discussions, book signings, and loads of fun Fringe events for you to enjoy in the grounds of Sudeley Castle!
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Talks will run from 9am – 5pm, and registration will open at 8am. We’ll send out more details about the exact timings for each talk closer the event.
We aren’t sending out paper or e-tickets – we’re operating guest list style, and you will receive your entry badge when your arrive at Registration.
Yes, all of the talks will be available to watch online to anyone who bought a Day, Weekend, or Virtual Ticket.
Sudeley’s Castle Kitchen restaurant, located in the main castle area, offers a range of delicious choices with its locally sourced, seasonal menu. This includes freshly prepared sandwiches, light lunches, a selection of cakes and scones and an ever-changing variety of hot meals. The restaurant closes at 3.30pm. Hot food service stops at 2.30pm.
Castle Kitchen Pantry
A range of light bites and snacks are also available from the Castle Kitchen Pantry, within the Visitor Centre at the entrance to Sudeley Castle. The Castle Pantry is the perfect pit-stop for cyclists and walkers, being well-placed on Winchcombe’s vast network of public footpaths. Castle admission tickets are not needed to visit the Pantry, which has an indoor garden room and an outdoor terrace seating area.
Dogs are welcome in the Visitor Centre and in the Castle Kitchen Pantry.
Cotswold Afternoon Tea at Sudeley Castle
Cotswold afternoon tea is also available to make your visit to Sudeley Castle extra special. Enjoy a selection of finger sandwiches, delicious scones served with clotted cream and jam, and a selection of locally made, handcrafted patisserie. Why not indulge in a glass of champagne or prosecco while you’re here?
Afternoon tea is subject to availability and must be booked 48 hours in advance. Afternoon Tea is served in the Castle Kitchen restaurant – as this is located within the castle, an admission ticket for each person is also required.
No matter what you decide, please be respectful and ensure you throw your rubbish away in the bins!
Full address: Sudeley Castle & Gardens, Winchcombe, Gloucestershire GL54 5JD
Sudeley Castle & Gardens is situated near Winchcombe, 8 miles north east of Cheltenham on the B4632 (A46) or just 10 miles from junction 9 of the M5. For Satnavs, our postcode is GL54 5LP.
Sudeley offer ample FREE parking and disabled parking.
The closest train station to Sudeley Castle & Gardens is Cheltenham Spa.
Recorded Information: 01242 604357
Visitor Centre: 01242 604244
Sudeley Castle has a large, free visitor car park next to the Visitor Centre with designated disabled car parking spaces available near the castle.
Yes, you can still visit the castle grounds without a DigNation Festival ticket.
During DigNation Festival weekend, you will still be able to enter with a standard entrance fee for Sudeley Castle. This will enable you to enjoy the castle grounds, garden tours, and archaeology tours – but will not grant you access to see the festival speakers, or to take part in the dig (you need to purchase DigNation Festival tickets for these).
More information about visiting Sudeley Castle can be found here, including prices, opening hours, and discounted online booking.
Yes, children are welcome, but you need to buy tickets for any children that are aged 12+ if you want to watch the speaker talks.
We regret that dogs are not allowed in the castle grounds or gardens – including the children’s play area – apart from registered assistance dogs. Dogs are welcome at the Visitor Centre and cafe.
The Cotswolds are a very popular tourist destination and in the summer months, accommodation can book up extremely quickly. We recommend that you book your accommodation as soon as possible.
Options for every budget in the area include hotels, guest houses, B&Bs, and camping. The full address of the castle is: Sudeley Castle & Gardens Gloucestershire, Winchcombe GL54 5JD.
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