A Royal Visit

Sunday 7th August


A Visit From The King


This year stunning we are celebrating the 481st anniversary of King Henry VIII visit by recreating the royal sojourn by Henry VIII and Catherine Howard!


Grimsthorpe has been the home of the de Eresby family since 1516 and previously it had been the property of Francis Lovell who was a prominent supporter of Richard III. When Henry VII came to the throne, Lovell supported a rebellion to restore the earlier royal dynasty and when this rebellion failed, Grimsthorpe was confiscated by the Crown.


It was then granted by Henry VIII, the son of Henry VII to the 11th Baron Willoughby de Eresby together with the hand in marriage to Maria de Salinas, a Spanish lady-in-waiting to Queen Catherine of Aragon.


The title and estate was given to their daughter Katherine Willoughby on the death of her father in 1526. She was only seven years old.


In 1533, Katherine became the fourth wife of Charles Brandon, 1st Duke of Suffolk, a very close friend of Henry VIII.


Anticipating a royal visit in 1541, Suffolk went about renovating and expanding the property to make it ready for a visit by King Henry VIII himself who was on route to York with his fifth wife, Catherine Howard.


The Court arrived in early August and stayed for several days which was an incredible honour to the Suffolks.


Join us on Sunday 7th August as Katherine Willoughby and Charles Brandon shall once again receive their royal guests and celebrate with music, may-pole dancing, games and a treasure hunt with prizes.


Bring a picnic and be greeted by royalty. Make sure to wear your best clothes in the presence of the King and Queen with a prize to be awarded to the best dressed amongst you.


Included in your Day Tickets which can be booked online below.