Walton Castle to open doors to public for music and art open day
PUBLISHED: 07:00 08 September 2018
A 15th century castle will be open to the public for the first time during an open weekend.
Walton Castle, in Clevedon, will swing its doors wide open for a music festival on September 15.
The public will be able to explore the castle grounds and listen to live music from the Britain’s Got Talent finalists The Rat Pack, tuck into a hog roast, enjoy a drink and take a picnic.
Margarita Hamilton returned to Walton Castle, in Castle Road, in May 2017 following a legal battle with her ex-husband’s financial advisor.
Since her return, the castle has undergone a rebuild, maintenance and redecoration programme to bring it back to life.
Mrs Hamilton – who made her money through the successful Swanyard recording studios and record label in the 1980s and 1990s – hopes to make her home more a ‘part of the community’.
She said: “The older people of Clevedon will remember the castle fondly as a ruin where they had picnics and romantic trysts.
“The younger people have not had the opportunity to visit the beautiful neoclassical building which is Walton Castle.
“The reason for this open day is for all residents to come up and see the astonishing refurbishment of the property which has taken nearly 30 years and at the same time enjoy a mini festival of music and art as a gesture of good will and inclusion.
“It will not just be used for hosting weddings, holidays and family stays but also theatre projects, art and literary projects and so on.”
Mrs Hamilton has been working with an events team to set up the open day, which will run from noon to 10pm.
She is now looking to explore more possible events at the venue including a food festival and an open air theatre.
The castle was built by Lord Poulett in 1623 but he was defeated in battle by the Roundheads and was forced to surrender his estates to Oliver Cromwell.
The building deteriorated until the 1980s when the freeholders, the Miles family, commenced a refurbishment with the help of a council grant.
Mrs Hamilton bought the castle with her ex-husband Rai Hamilton in 1984 and they spent £5million on restoring it which she called a ‘fascinating project’.
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