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Stark family costumes coming to Game of Thrones Studio Tour

THE official Game of Thrones Studio Tour in Banbridge is preparing a Stark-themed costume exhibition.

Due to open on September 30 at the Linen Mill Studios-based attraction, Winter Is Coming: A Stark Family Reunion celebrates the first costumes worn by the much-loved Winterfell clan in the first series of the hit HBO fantasy, which was filmed in the north.

Set in the courtyard of Winterfell when Ned, Catelyn Stark and their children met with King Robert Baratheon and his wife Cersei, the costumes designed by Michele Clapton include those worn by Arya, Bran, Rickon, Robb and Sansa Stark.

The autumnal-themed display will later transform as Game of Thrones Studio Tour prepares for winter with the first costume worn by Jon Snow joining the Starks.

The costume display will include:

Ned Stark: Ned’s costume is practical and sombre, echoing his serious character. Heavy wools, furs and leather worn by the Stark family are needed for the hard life in Winterfell. As a man of the people, Ned’s clothing is relatively simple, the only sign of status is his heavy wool cloak with fur pelt, giving him his iconic silhouette.

Sansa Stark: Shown to be a keen seamstress, Sansa perfects her sewing skills through the seasons, beginning with this simple blue silk dress. Simple but beautiful embroidery decorates this relatively modest dress, the colour of which sets her apart from others in her family and suggests the young, naïve Sansa wants to seem more sophisticated and mature.

Rob Stark: Often referred to as ‘The Young Wolf’, Robb’s costume emulates that of his father, Ned, with his brown leather doublet, and his cloak and fur only slightly smaller than that of his father. Eldest of the family and destined to lead but only just out of boyhood, Robb’s costume gives little away to the man he later becomes.

Catelyn Stark: A fiercely protective wife and mother, Catelyn Stark hails from the wealthy House Tully and maintains her sophistication in Winterfell. She wears a traditional Stark undershirt beneath a gown of a grey-green colour that recalls the region of her birthplace in the Riverlands of Westeros.  The silver fish clasp on her coat repeats the House Tully Sigil. and alongside the delicate embroidery on her cloak show her prodigious social standing within the North.

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Arya Stark:  The antithesis of her sister Sansa, Arya is not one for dresses or sewing. It is not long before she shows her determination to emulate the bravery of her brothers, and this simple Stark blue knotted gown is soon replaced with a more masculine look.

Bran Stark: The Sigil of House Stark, a Direwolf, can be seen proudly worn on Bran’s cloak. Bran is still a boy, learning much from his father and older brothers. His costume has a softer feel with linen doublet and warm tan moleskin trousers, indicating he is still yet a child.

Rickon Stark: Simplicity runs through the costumes of the Stark men and Rickon is no exception. Youngest of the Stark family his costume is less encumbered than that of his older siblings, his cloak shorter and not as heavy, and the lighter hues suggest a more childlike quality.

In addition to the new Stark family costume exhibit, there are many Stark artefacts visitors can explore, including the authentic Winterfell Great Hall, Bran's Chamber, and The Crypts sets, Sansa's coronation gown, Bran's wheelchair, and legendary weaponry such as Arya's Needle sword, Jon Snow's Longclaw, and the Catspaw Dagger, which played a pivotal role in HBO's House of The Dragon.

Sherryl Murphy, marketing manager at Game of Thrones Studio Tour, said: “Our seasonal costume displays have proved popular with visitors, and we have had a great reaction to the Dorne costume display that was launched by Indira Varma in June.

Owners of the £40m Game Of Thrones Studio Tour in Banbridge said the facility “could have as big an impact on tourism in Northern Ireland as the Titanic Belfast attraction in terms of being world-leading”
Owners of the £40m Game Of Thrones Studio Tour in Banbridge said the facility “could have as big an impact on tourism in Northern Ireland as the Titanic Belfast attraction in terms of being world-leading” Owners of the £40m Game Of Thrones Studio Tour in Banbridge said the facility “could have as big an impact on tourism in Northern Ireland as the Titanic Belfast attraction in terms of being world-leading”

“We are thrilled to be going back to Season 1 and Episode 1 of Game of Thrones for our next costume display. It’s exciting for us because some of the costumes have been in storage for the 12 years since the filming of Episode 1.”

The Ulster String Quartet and harpist Niamh Noade, a finalist on The Voice Kids 2023, will help launch the new costume display and an Autumn programme of events at Game of Thrones Studio Tour from September 30, when The Ulster String Quartet’s Sound of Thrones will also help visitors relive classic sounds from the HBO series.

The Studio Tour has also introduced Afternoon Tea which will be themed for Halloween from October 17-31.

Game of Thrones Studio Tour is located at Linen Mill Studios in Banbridge. Ticket sales and information on how to get to Game of Thrones Studio Tour can be found at gameofthonesstudiotour.com