Season 6 has launched, and Game of Thrones® fans worldwide have been watching and discussing Melisandre and Jon Snow? Will he be back?
As always, Northern Ireland gets a starring role and the shows whole fanbase knows where the series is part filmed. The queues of people visiting the Dark Hedges is testament of that. Every weekend at my stall in St George’s Market, Belfast, I’ll sell a GoT inspired coaster, card or print, sometimes even to members of the cast! This weekend I’ll be paying tribute to the most iconic of sets from the series, the Dark Hedges, with a new design.
To coincide with the new season, Tourism Ireland have launched a new campaign also featuring the Dark Hedges! Created in partnership with HBO, the campaign celebrates Northern Ireland as a Game of Thrones® Territory for the sixth year running.
An exciting feature of the 2016 campaign is a series of 10 intricately carved doors, depicting moments inspired by this season. The doors will be unveiled each week as season six unfolds – referencing key scenes and events from the latest episode and incorporating some of the iconic symbols of the show. The doors will be carved from the trees blown down in Storm Gertrude at the Dark Hedges in Co Antrim – which serves as the backdrop for the Kingsroad.
The wood from the fallen trees has been salvaged and will be carved into legacy pieces marking each episode, demonstrating the connection between the show and Northern Ireland. The doors will hang in pubs and other venues near filming locations across Northern Ireland, giving visitors a brand new Game of Thrones® Territory trail to follow. The first door – from episode one, will hang in The Cuan guest inn in Strangford.
Another element of the campaign includes a limited edition Game of Thrones® stamp for mail posted in Northern Ireland during the campaign. The campaign will also include some other surprising features around Northern Ireland, which will be rolled out by Tourism Ireland over the coming weeks – so watch this space!
Tourism Ireland will release a mixture of short films and images from the campaign on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube.
Check out my new design at my stall in the market this weekend. I’ll also add it to the Belfast Times online shop as soon as I can!