Yesterday we were invited to visit Warwick Castle and see how six all new spine-tingling attractions have turned Warwick Castle into The Haunted Castle over Halloween! It’s been a long time since I last visited Warwick Castle so I was looking forward to going back with my children. My 6 year old is currently studying castles in Year 2 so I knew he would love it.
A spooktacular Halloween at Warwick Castle
Prepare to be scared this half-term at The Haunted Castle, returning this Halloween at Warwick Castle (22-31 October), with six all-new thrills and spine chills. By day, there are fun and friendly scares for all the family including the new Horrible Histories Maze, and a very different, truly terrifying, experience by night with new actor and special effects led experiences.
Family Fun By Day…
Conquer chaos in the foul and gory Horrible Histories Maze. From Terrible Tudors to Vicious Vikings, the challenge is to reorder history – thanks to Rattus Rattus, who put everything in the wrong order – and escape the maze before things go (even more) horribly wrong…
Over in the Central Courtyard, children can help the evil witches of Warwick conjure up spells in The Witches’ Tower (the Princesses have been evicted!). Little witches and wizards will delight in the all-new spellbinding story packed full of magic, witchcraft and sorcery.
Action packed shows set to get the adrenalin pumping include the three times-daily mighty Trebuchet Fireball Spectacular and the ferocious Halloween Fire Joust. We loved watching the Trebuchet being fired!
Also, every day throughout The Haunted Castle, enjoy some lighter relief with the Flight of the Eagles Show, History tours of State Rooms and The Great Hall, walk around the Towers & Ramparts and more. We also watched the Long Bowman explain medieval warfare in a really fun show. Later my son and husband both had a go themselves!
Watch out for Castle characters who are always happy to share a creepy tale or two with curious guests as they explore the Castle, whilst over in The Haunted Hollows a magical garden of golden vegetables and enchanted statues holds hidden secrets. Beware though, as darkness falls, the trail becomes more eerie!
Not for the faint hearted and after dark…
Ultimate thrill seekers can enter Warwick Castle After Dark, open until 9pm, when the ghastly ghouls of the Castle’s turbulent 1,100 years of history return to life. Entry from 5pm costs just £14pp.
From 12pm daily, prepare for disturbing encounters in Tormented: new for 2016, the attraction is for only the boldest and bravest. A troubled soul trapped with a fate far worse than death!
At 5pm, as night envelopes the Castle, the Central Courtyard falls silent for the arrival of the plague doctor, brought in to treat the grotesque, plague-ridden souls in Outbreak 1349, a knuckle-clenching live-actor experience. The Black Death has returned to Warwick but this time contagion is instant with shocking results. Victims must struggle through the darkness to flee the infected. Sound easy? Remember, not all walls are built to keep people out!
A day trip from London
We had a great day out. We live in West London but it only took 90 minutes to get there by car. There was a lot to see and do but there are plenty of signs advertising the times shows so we made sure that we didn’t miss The Bowman Show or The Mighty Trebuchet which the children really wanted to do. They also enjoyed the Horrible Histories Maze, make sure you take your completed card to a gift shop to collect your prize!
Warwick Castle is beautiful and we can’t wait to go back and see more – there’s definitely too much to do in one day!
For more information about Halloween at Warwick Castle visit their website or look for the #TheHauntedCastle on social.