A CASTLE is set to reopen its doors with a spectacular Georgia-themed celebration.

Auckland Castle in Bishop Auckland will reopen for members of the community on Saturday November 2, 2019, after three years of construction led by charity The Auckland Project.

Entry will be offered at an exclusive discounted rate of £5 per adult, £4 concessions and £1 per child for the day.

The project will host a day of entertainment at the 900-year-old castle, including live music and family activities all themed around the Georgian era in order to reflect the rich history of the site.

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Liz Fisher, engagement and curatorial director at The Auckland Project said: “This is the moment we have been looking forward to for so long, re-opening the doors of Auckland Castle and welcoming the local community back inside.

“This will be a day to remember for years to come and a moment to celebrate Auckland Castle, its history, heritage and future.”

All attenders can immortalise their personal history and links to Auckland Castle by recording their memories on a special Memory Tree.

The castle, former home to Prince Bishops of Durham, will be officially reopened at 10:30am with a ribbon cutting ceremony and speeches from Mrs Sue Snowdon, lord-lieutenant of County Durham, Jonathan Ruffer, founder of The Auckland Project and Tiffany Hunt MBE, chair of the committee for the north of England at The National Lottery Heritage Fund.

Carefully restored rooms and innovative audio-visual installations, including animation, music and snatches of overheard conversation, will bring the history of the castle to life.

A series of paintings, Jacob and His Twelve Sons by Spanish master, Francisco de Zurbarán, will be back in the Long Dining Room, following their international tour.

A new team of volunteers from The Auckland Project will also be on hand throughout the Castle to welcome its first visitors.

The Bishop’s Kitchen café will be open for the first time, offering a selection of snacks, sandwiches and treats in the castle’s old medieval kitchen, all created by The Auckland Project’s catering team.