Lord of the Rings Fans Prepare for Ringquest!

Don't miss the popular ‘Lord of the Rings’ themed family challenge at West Stow Anglo-Saxon Village and Country Park this February half term! Check out our preview.

Lord of the Rings and Hobbit fans can complete the Ring Quest and find the rings and runes to save Middle Earth in the popular challenge that has been running every year at West Stow Anglo Saxon Villages since 2003.

This year, 70 years since Tolkien completed Lord of the Rings, fans of the book and the movies can celebrate all things Middle Earth with a fantastic  day of activities set in one of England's great archaeological sitesand a stunning recreation of an Anglo-Saxon village.

As well as the Ring Quest trail, a small exhibition explains why West Stow holds this Tolkien themed event and the links with the Anglo-Saxons. A large display case at the entrance shows Tolkien literature alongside replicas from the recent films.  

There will also be visits from a local Orc called Gutrot and Halbarad the Ranger will be there to help people with the quest and improve their archery skills.

Plus you can visit West Stow's own Hobbit Hole. Staff, who are fans of JRR Tolkien‘s Lord of the Rings and Hobbit books, spent 20 days over three months building their own Hobbit hole at West Stow based on the character Farmer Cotton’s home in the Lord of the Rings.

There's also a Real Middle-earth tour on Saturday February 23rd where people can walk upon Anglo-Saxon ‘Middangeard’ (Middle-earth) and hear about the many important links between the first English and Tolkien’s world.  This is followed by a talk in the comfortable lecture room which explores the various interpretations of ‘The Real Middle-earth’ in this country and abroad, highlighting the Anglo-Saxon inspirations and the Earendel story.  

Alan Baxter, from Arnor Heritage, who is a Tolkien Society member and who will be giving the Real Middle Earth Tour, said: " At West Stow history and fantasy have been combined once more to encourage people of all ages to consider our past, its literature and culture, how that inspired Tolkien and in what ways it is still relevant to us today. That is what the Ring Quest event is all about, providing a fun and exciting day out at the same time."

Ring Quest takes place at West Stow Anglo Saxon Village from Saturday February 16 to Sunday February 24. Entry to Ring Quest is included in admission to West Stow Anglo Saxon Village but Ring Quest Trail packs cost an additional £2. Normal parking fees apply (£2 for the day).

Where to Stay

After a long day saving Middle Earth why not relax and recharge with a stay at Hobbit-inspired Pod Hollow just a few minutes away from Ring Quest at West Stow Pods.

You don't have to be a fan of JRR Tolkien to appreciate the quirkiness of the Pod Hollow at West Stow pods! A halfling-inspired subterranean dwelling situated in woodland in the heart of the Suffolk countryside. 

With two double bedrooms each with a kingsize bed, a cosy sitting room with fireplace, kitchen with dishwasher and integrated oven and bathroom with shower, Pod Hollow is perfect for couples, families and friends to experience the real 'middle earth. But hurry only a couple of nights are available at Pod Hollow during Ring Quest. West Stow Pods is a small, family run glamping site which is also has glamping pods available for hire.

For a stay full of history, take a step back in time into historic and stunning West Stow Hall, a Grade 1 listed Tutor home which is now a B&B. Walk through the ancient Gatehouse and the colonnade which links it to the main house to be greeted by the family dog and afternoon tea which is usually taken in the sitting room with its magnificent inglenook fireplace - reputably the largest in Suffolk - and absorb the history around you.

With so much to see and do in Bury St Edmunds & Beyond you'll want to stay longer - take a look at our 'Places to Stay' guide!

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