Looking for something to do this summer? Warwick Castle have a Summer of Spectacular Shows going on at the moment that you should definitely check out. I was very kindly invited to go and scope it out for you guys and I can confirm that it’s a great day out for all the family.
Warwick Castle is only around 40 minutes from Coventry in a car and super easy to get to. It was developed from a wooden fort that was originally built by William the Conqueror in 1068. During the 12th century the wooden motte-and-bailey castle was rebuilt in stone. It was used as a stronghold until the early 17th century when it was given to Sir Fulke Greville, who converted in into a country house. The Greville family owned it until 1978 when it was bought by the Tussauds Group, who turned it into an attraction. Today it is part of the Merlin Entertainments group and I believe that it’s included in the places you can visit if you have a Merlin Pass.
Over the summer Warwick Castle have a few different shows on for you to attend and all of them are a must see while you are visiting.
The Falconer’s Quest is a bird show, where they show you the UK’s biggest Birds of Prey including Falcons (of course), Vultures, Hawks and Eagles, as well as other amazing birds. You can see them flying around the grounds and catching food, as well as a spectacular ending! We even had a vulture go a little rogue while we were there, but the handler’s jumped to attention and had him back in line in no time. While the birds are showing off their skills a voice over tells you all about each species. It really is an educational show and is great for all the family.
War of the Roses Live is a jousting show and it takes you back in time! It really does feel as if you are attending an epic jousting battle, whilst learning all about the history of the War of The Roses. You learn about the Stuarts and Lancasters and how the Tudor house was born, whilst watching spectacular fighting and jousting. It’s a great recap for the adults too! The jousting is amazing and the performers really make it an amazing show. I enjoyed this one immensely and you will too.
The last attraction is probably my favourite. The Castle Dungeons! I will start by saying that this probably isn’t suitable for small children, as there are a few bits where people jump out on you and it’s dark, but there were kids in our group so it really depends how brave they are. The Castle Dungeons takes you through the gory details of the past, with actors telling you all about things like the plague and witch trials. They pick people out of the group to get involved too, which adds to the story telling (I was picked 3 times!). Historic tales, superb acting and a bit of a scare make for a brilliant 45 minutes.
Even if you don’t go to the shows at Warwick Castle I would still recommend a visit. You can wander through the castle and see it’s Great Hall and State Rooms decked out with the finest furniture and elegant décor. As you travel through the rooms you can read a bit about each one and what it was used for and/or who stayed there – there were many famous people in history who walked through those halls!
The grounds are huge and you can take lessons in sword fighting and archery, so you can become a knight yourself! There is a Horrible Histories maze, which is perfect for younger children – make sure you pick up a passport and get it stamped in each section before taking it to a shop and claiming your prize! There are also plenty of places to pick up some lunch and some gifts too.
I’d definitely recommend going early so that you can make the most of your day. We arrived for 10am and left at 5pm and we still didn’t get to explore everything the castle has to offer. Make sure you go and check out Warwick Castle this summer. Both adults and kids will love it!
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