Sneak Peak For Festival Goers
30 March 2017
Food fans are being given the chance to take a sneak peek behind the scenes this weekend.
On Saturday and Sunday Auckland Castle Trust is throwing open the doors of two historic sites to coincide with the return of Durham County Council’s popular Bishop Auckland Food Festival.
This includes the former Backhouse Bank building in the Market Place, which is being given a new lease of life as a Spanish Gallery, as well as the 900-year old Auckland Castle, which is being restored to its original Georgian Gothic opulence.
Both buildings are currently closed to the public and have already been stripped to allow construction work to begin in earnest in the coming weeks.
While the Castle is unable to host any stalls for the Food Festival due to the start of these works, this is a unique opportunity to see the buildings in their raw state ahead of the transformation.
For those inspired to get even more hands on with history, Auckland Castle Trust will be hosting a special Heritage Craft Skills taster session at No.42 Market Place, where visitors can have a go at making willow flowers, wands and bird feeders with help from professional craftswoman, Victoria Conner.
There will also be a special pop up craft fair, running alongside No.42’s existing art exhibition, retail space selling unique and handcrafted gifts and Collections Display, which offers an insight into Auckland Castle Trust’s archives and Future Plans.