Warwick King James I Festival

Warwick King James Festival  3rd – 5th November 2017

To commemorate the 400 year anniversary of the visit to Warwick by King James I, the town attractions have teamed up to produce a series of events to celebrate the occasion.

Market Hall Museum

  • Dragons and Lions can be found on James 1st coat of arms but what would be on yours? Come and find out, and design and take home, your own coat of arms shield.
  • Meet our Time Traveller from 1617 and discover what life was like back then.
  • Help get Guy Fawkes dressed for the bonfire at Warwick Racecourse by making a piece of patchwork for him to wear.

Event runs from 10.30am – 3.00pm, £2.50 per child, FREE for Heritage and Culture Warwickshire Supporters (I.D required). No need to book, just drop in. Discover more…

Warwick Castle

To celebrate the anniversary of King James I’s visit to Warwick, the History Team will be delivering talks about King James I and his influence on Warwick Castle.

These 15 minute talks will include and insight into King James I as a person, his rule and power over England and also the reasons behind his gifting of the Castle to the Greville family. Book tickets now!

Lord Leycester Hospital

On Friday November 3, the Lord Leycester Hospital in the Great Hall will recreate the Grand Banquet put on by the Town of Warwick in the Kings  honour.  It won’t be the three day event of four hundred years ago but it will be a lavish, extravagant evening with music, dancing, food and ale.  A limited number of tickets will be on sale in September! Plus on Saturday afternoon the Lord Leycester Courtyard and Great Hall will come alive with festivities, celebrating, eating and drinking, music and dancing. Discover more…

St Mary’s Church

Come to St Mary’s to hear about the intriguing friendship of King James I and Fulke Greville – poet, dramatist, statesman, Earl of Warwick and custodian of the castle. How the King James Bible commissioned by James I in 1604, became a text that has radically influenced the English-speaking world, shaping how we think, speak, live and love. Take the opportunity to see the town firework display, from the top of the tower an incredible view by day, an even more special night time experience, with drinks & canape’s beforehand. Sunday services will feature choral music enjoyed by King James himself. Discover more…

Warwick Racecourse

Four hundred years ago, in 1605, a man called Guy Fawkes and a group of plotters attempted to blow up the Houses of Parliament in London with barrels of gunpowder placed in the basement. They wanted to kill King James and the King’s leaders. In celebration of his survival, King James ordered that people of England should have a great bonfire! This year, Warwick Town Bonfire will be held at Warwick Racecourse on 4th November! The gates open at 5pm, so come and enjoy the hot refreshments and children’s fun area with bouncy castles. The bonfire and fireworks display will begin at 6.30pm. Discover more…