More attractions have been added – and existing favourites made even better – as part of the Castle’s 1,100th anniversary celebrations.
New for Easter is the addition the UK’s only free flying Andean Condor and the only one to take part in a show of this kind. With a wingspan of up to 10ft 6in, these birds are “egg-stra” special: the largest Bird of prey in the world.
Rosie, a female Andean Condor, who joins other birds of prey from Warwick Castle’s collection to take part in a twice-daily Flight of the Eagles bird show.
Rosie will fly between iconic areas of the Castle. The positioning of the falconers means Rosie can fly faster and further than any bird of prey has done previously at the Castle, with speeds of up to 40mph being recorded to date.
All new Horrible Histories launches its first ever battle and welcomes the Slimy Stuarts and Gorgeous Georgians to the site for 2014
Meet Guy Fawkes and discover the link between Warwick Castle and the Gun Powder plot Family favourite, Horrible Histories invades the Castle from 5 April (to 31 August), to beguile and revile visitors of all ages with more terrible tales, foul facts and nasty nuggets of historical fact (and fancy).
New for this year there will be five encampments located around the castle grounds: Measly Middle Ages; Smashing Saxons versus Vicious Vikings – including the first ever battle re-enactment; Slimy Stuarts; Gorgeous Georgians; and Vile Victorians.
New characters this year will show how life has been lived – and sometimes endured – over the centuries: prepare for hands on fun with all the sights, sounds and smells of yesteryear with Ethelfleda (daughter of Alfred the Great), Guy Fawkes and Fulke Greville – entirely new for 2014.
Take part in anything from Murder Hole tipping, the Supersize Georgian Ball Maze to Dancing Foot Prints.
Plus: New Glamping season and the launch of luxury King’s tents
For those who feel a fun-packed one day visit over Easter just isn’t enough, Glamping makes a welcome return to the Castle’s riverside meadow this summer (24 May-31 August) now with 41 tents including three new luxury King’s Tents and 38 Warwick Tents. Costing from £200 per night for a family of up to six, the price includes breakfast, two-day Castle admission, car parking and entertainment. King’s Tents even feature wooden four-poster beds.
What else is different?
Visitors are guaranteed a “cracking” time exploring every part of the Castle, which is being re-imagined to mark the 1,100th anniversary of the first fortification built on the site by Ethelfleda, daughter of Alfred the Great:
• New story – and chance for youngsters to dress up throughout the show – in The Princess Tower;
• The Royal Weekend Party, based on a notorious visit in 1898 by the Prince of Wales hosted by the vivacious Daisy, Countess of Warwick, becomes Warwick Royal Weekend Party;
• The popular Kingmaker exhibition, which tells the story of Richard Neville, the 16th Earl of Warwick, preparing his household for battle, is now more interactive, coming to life with more sounds and smells;
• Don’t forget the Castle Dungeon, where live actors recount gruesome tales of plague and pestilence set in the bowels of the Castle. Only the bravest visitors will dare venture deep down into the nearby Goal, infamous for its oubliette where prisoners were sent to be forgotten.