Warwick Castle reopens its gates this weekend

Warwick Castle reopens its gates this weekend

WARWICK Castle will be amongst the first UK attractions to reopen its gates to the public following easing of lockdown restrictions.

Warwick Castle, COVID-19

While indoor areas remain off-limits for the time being, the extensive grounds and gardens around the iconic Castle will provide a welcome destination for visitors keen to take a day trip away from home.

From Saturday 6th June, guests will be able to explore over 64 acres of stunning ‘Capability’ Brown landscaped gardens, including riverside strolls along the Avon and the famous Peacock Garden with its resident flock of over 20 peacocks.

More adventurous visitors can climb the Conqueror’s Fortress, which is the highest point of the estate, to capture incredible views across the beautiful Midlands countryside and Warwick itself.

Whilst the usual shows and indoor attractions aren’t reopening just yet, the castle’s renowned birds of prey will still be undertaking their daily exercise and training for the full reopening,  so visitors may be lucky enough to see them whilst on site.

COVID-secure processes in place

A number of key processes have been implemented to ensure visitor safety including:

  • Increased health and safety procedures for enhanced cleaning of all areas including toilets and seating, introduction of one-way systems supported by clear wayfinding, social distancing markers and sanitiser stations
  • Entry will be dependent on advance online booking only, with availability subject to new daily maximum capacities to ensure allowance for social distancing. Temperature spot-checks may be carried out.
  • Contactless payment for food and drink, from takeaway outlets offering snacks, hot and cold drinks and ice cream
  • Activity kits on sale for families to find all the fun while exploring the outside areas
  • Toilets will be available to guests on a one-in-one-out basis.

Warwick Castle, COVID-19

‘Baby steps’ to full reopening

As part of global leisure company Merlin Entertainments, the castle has benefited from advice from colleagues across the globe, including those in countries where restrictions have already eased allowing attractions to reopen, on how best to reopen in line with new safety requirements ensuring the safety of all visitors.

Warwick Castle initially closed on 21st March 2020 along with tourism businesses across the UK.

Warwick Castle, COVID-19

Divisional Director Nick Blofeld said: “After ten weeks of closure, we can’t wait to reopen our gates and share the beauty of the Castle’s outdoor spaces with guests again. Warwick Castle uniquely offers a rich history and over 60 acres of rolling grounds, we are anticipating our loyal guests across the Midlands and beyond will be really excited to return to the Castle and have a taste of normality, even if it is two swords apart.”

We are delighted to be amongst the first attractions able to reopen to the public, albeit on a limited basis for the time being. These first ‘baby steps’ are a really positive sign for us, the wider industry and indeed the general public and we can now start to rediscover everything that this country has to offer.”

Opening exclusively for the first weekend on 6th and 7th June to Warwick Annual Pass and Merlin Annual Pass holders only, the castle grounds will be open to all guests from 8th June onwards on a pre-booked only basis. Visit: www.warwick-castle.com

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas. . . at Warwick Castle

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas. . . at Warwick Castle

THE frosts of winter are often a sure sign that Christmas is around the corner – and never more so than in the form of an ice rink.

Set against the spectacular backdrop of Warwick Castle, visitors are being invited to soak up the seasonal fun by donning some skates and taking to the ice.

Warwick Castle, ice rink

We were among the first to be let loose on the rink which can also be enjoyed after the castle closes. Skating by night in one of the country’s most historic settings is truly a magical family experience.

And all ages and abilities are welcomed – and supervised from a distance, as nervous parents (including this one) cheer on from the sidelines with cautious encouragement. Novices soon find help is at hand should they need it and, despite the inevitable slips and spills, there were beaming smiles all round.

Warwick Castle, ice rink

Plus there’s some supportive plastic penguins to help the littlest skaters stay safe and confident on their blades.

To keep warm, seasonal snacks and drinks are available from a selection of festive vendors and the atmosphere in the bedecked castle grounds is wonderfully festive. It’s certainly jolted me into the Christmas spirit.

Warwick Castle, ice rink

During the winter period, guests to the 64-acre Castle grounds can also enjoy a Winter Birds of Prey show, Horrible Histories® Scavenger Hunt, Winter Wedding Princess Tower experience and more.

Nothing heralds Christmas more than the wide eyes and smiles of the children on a traditional ice rink in the historic night time setting such as this.

Skating is available until Sunday, January 5th. Ice rink and Castle tickets cost from £25 per person. Tickets for the ice rink only are from £13 per person with the option of special late-night skating experiences as the rink stays open into the evening on selected dates.

Further details at: www.warwick-castle.com/explore/christmas-at-the-castle.aspx

Light up your lives with Dragon Slayer

Light up your lives with Dragon Slayer

THERE’S a battle playing out between man and beast every night in Warwick these days. . . and it’s attracting quite an audience.

Dragon Slayer has returned to the castle after its success entertaining the crowds last year. And this time its even more spectacular.

The two-part show tells the story of Guy of Warwick in 14 twilight performances, including equestrian stunts, fire-jousting, a torchlit procession and a literally dazzling confrontation between warrior Guy of Warwick and his nemesis – the dragon.

After the 45-minutes the audience is encouraged to make its way across the bridge into the Castle’s historic courtyard where a stunning finale soon unfolds.

Dragon Slayer, Warwick Castle

Here the castle walls become a 31-metre-by 80-metre blank canvas for a light projection and pyrotechnics show the likes of which I have not seen surpassed anywhere else.

Using 150,000 lumens of lights, 500 house lightbulbs and even more fiery elements to this year’s show, the castle is ingeniously transformed into a thrilling stage of light and sound to bring this legendary tale to a thrilling conclusion.

The Dragon Slayer spectacle is one not to be missed, even if only for its stunning finale, which has this year been extended due to popular demand.

If you’re a regular to the castle, as I am, this is a wonderful opportunity to see it in a very different light.

Dragon Slayer, Warwick Castle

For the ultimate experience, Show and Banquet tickets start from £75 per person, including fast-track entry, car parking, three-course banquet with unlimited soft drinks and two servings of alcoholic drinks, exclusive entertainment during the banquet, and a ticket to Dragon Slayer. Show and Hog Roast tickets start from £30 per person including fast-track entry, car parking, hog roast (vegetarian alternative available) and one drink, in addition to entry to Dragon Slayer. Show Only tickets start from £20 per person with complimentary car parking. Bookings must be made online in advance and are subject to availability. And for those with show only tickets there’s a selection of good food options courtesy of Digbeth Dining.

And talking of availability, you’ll need to act fast as the dragon’s final outing is next Monday (August 26th). Further information at: www.warwick-castle.com

Win four tickets to see Dragon Slayer at Warwick Castle

Win four tickets to see Dragon Slayer at Warwick Castle

SLAY the summer holidays by winning tickets for you and three guests to Warwick Castle’s fiery Dragon Slayer show.

Dragon Slayer, Warwick Castle

After a sell-out season in 2018, Midlands legend Guy of Warwick returns to battle mythical beasts and marvellous creatures in a series of 14 exhilarating twilight performances starting on Wednesday, 7th August.

And Warwick Castle have teamed up with Chalmers News PR to offer one lucky winner the chance to be there as the action unfolds.

This spectacular must-see show returns with equestrian stunts, fire-jousting and live action as the story of Guy battling to prove himself worthy of the heart of Felice, the daughter of the Earl of Warwick, unfolds after dark within the Castle grounds.

This year’s show also includes an extended finale featuring extra pyrotechnics and light projections, as Guy battles the fierce dragon in the Castle’s historic courtyard.

The prize includes four tickets to see Dragon Slayer on a date of your choice.

Dragon Slayer, Warwick Castle

For those who aren’t lucky enough to win, tickets are available to purchase online with Show-Only tickets starting from £20 per person. Dining upgrades are available with a choice of hog roast or three-course medieval banquet.

Find out more at www.warwick-castle.com/dragon-slayer

Terms and conditions:

The prize of four tickets are for Dragon Slayer at Warwick Castle and include evening show only (no dining packages or day visits). Gates open at different times depending on show date.
Prize may be taken on any of the 14 performance dates, subject to availability.
Prize is non-transferable and cannot be exchanged for cash or refunded. Four tickets may be used by adults or children. For more information on show dates and timings, please visit
www.warwick-castle.com/dragon-slayer 

CONGRATULATIONS TO Stephmeliaxxx@aol.com WHO WAS RANDOMLY DRAWN AS THE WINNER.