As somebody who has always been fascinated about the history surrounding the throne and the different Royal houses I have always loved visiting castles so I was really excited to be invited to take the kids along to Warwick Castle last week to check out their Summer of Spectacular Shows. Harley’s at the age now where he really enjoys learning anything new and anywhere that has plenty of space to run around with an option of ice cream makes Ada a happy girl!
Warwick Castle itself is stunning. It’s so well maintained whilst keeping it’s authenticity and there’s so much to learn and see. We explored the Great Hall and State Rooms, and braved a very stair-heavy trip up into the Towers. It was tough but definitely worth it just to see the amazing views of Warwickshire.
As well as access to the castle and grounds this summer there are some extra-special shows included in the ticket price – The Falconer’s Quest and War of the Roses Live.
The Falconer’s Quest is the UK’s biggest bird of prey show, which sees them take to the skies performing aerial acrobatics right above the crowd’s heads. We managed to get a spot on the bank alongside the River Avon to catch the show, which the kids loved.
The War of the Roses Live is a live jousting show whilst takes place in the Riverside Arena. Harley absolutely love the jousting show we saw at Bluestone back in May so was overjoyed when he found out this was happening. We managed to get a spot right at the front so caught the whole show in full view. It was so well-produced with stunt riding and jousting and was definitely one of our highlights of the day.
My tips for getting the most out of your visit:
- Take a picnic blanket – You’ll need this for when you’re watching The Falconer’s Quest as the grass hill alongside the river is the best place to watch it.
- Don’t forget to pay for your parking on the way out – Parking costs £6 if you’re parked in one of the castle’s car parks and there’s a machine as you’re leaving the grounds.
- Bring a pushchair if you have a little one – The grounds are super pushchair-friendly and there’s a buggy park for when you want to go inside the castle. Don’t be put off from bringing the pushchair with you, especially if you’re there on a busy day as you can be parked up to a 20-minute walk away.
- Take some snacks – We decided on a picnic but there are lots of food vans and two restaurants on-site so plenty to chose from. Definitely worth taking some snacks though!
- Bring a water bottle – There are free filtered water points throughout the castle grounds.
- Get a ticket early to the Princess Tower – There are free story sessions inside the Princess Tower throughout the day but they are limited on capacity so make sure you grab your tickets when you get there to guarantee a slot.
- Don’t be put off by the thought of crowds – It was really busy when we were there last week but the grounds are so big that there’s plenty of space for everybody and not much waiting around at all.
- Get there early – The overflow car park is a 20-minute walk so if you get there early you might be able to get parked in the closer main car park.
All the details…
Opening hours: The Castle is open daily from 10am – 4pm.
Castle entry: £21 (under 3’s go free) when booked online in advance, and allows access to The Castle and grounds, and all events and spectacular daily shows except the Castle Dungeon
Kingdom entry: £26 (under 3’s go free) when booked online in advance, and allows access to The Castle and grounds, and all events and spectacular daily show including the Castle Dungeon experience.
Book your ticket at www.warwick-castle.com.
If you’re coming from further afield and fancy making a short stay of it, you can now stay in The Knight’s Village. We had to walk past it from the car park and it looked so lovely. We’ve heard lots of great things from friends who have stayed there.
Enjoy! The Aspiring Yummy Mummy. x
Disclaimer: We were gifted tickets and car parking at Warwick Castle in exchange for this review. All views are our own.