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A spooktacular Halloween at Warwick Castle

A spooktacular Halloween at Warwick Castle

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…

Horrible Histories Maze

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.

The Witches’ Tower

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!

Trebuchet Fireball Spectacular

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!

long bow at Warwick Castle

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.


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    October 23, 2016 at 4:28 pm

    This looks like a brilliant day. It has been years since i went to Warwick Castle but am glad to see they still have fun things to do x

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    jade bremner
    October 23, 2016 at 4:35 pm

    That looks a great day out. I used to live at Temple Herdwyke when I was 11/12 and we always said we would go to the castle but we never ended up going. Must make it a trip at some point to take the little ones.

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    October 25, 2016 at 4:01 pm

    This looks like the place to be to hear about spooky stories and ghastly goings on this half term. #CountryKids

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    Heidi @him_me_three
    October 25, 2016 at 9:18 pm

    Looks like they’ve got plenty to keep the children amused over Halloween. I haven’t been to Warwick Castle for years-in fact I think it was before we had children-but I’m sure my lot would love a day there.


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    Fiona Cambouropoulos
    October 25, 2016 at 10:27 pm

    Jenny this looks fabulous fun. I do love the look of the shows hosted int he grounds and that giant spell making witches pot looks amazing. I am hoping to create one here for Halloween but it won’t be a patch on this one. Warwick Castle is somewhere I’d love to visit at any time of the year but it looks especially impressive with the Halloween entertainment.

    Thank you for sharing your visit with me on #CountryKids

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    Michelle Twin Mum
    October 25, 2016 at 11:28 pm

    We’ve not been to Warwick castle but it is somewhere we woudl like to visit and we just love all the living history exhibits with people dressed up. Mich x #countrykids

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    tracey at Mummyshire
    October 26, 2016 at 12:21 am

    Warwick Castle is an amazing place. I was lucky to attend a wedding there once. Totally stunning!
    The Halloween activities look like fun and lots to keep children of all ages interested – that to me is important because my little one doesn’t want as many scary things as my older child! Love the vast size of the cauldron!

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    Louise (Little Hearts, Big Love)
    October 26, 2016 at 9:54 am

    Looks like a brilliant day out and there certainly looks like there were plenty of activities going on. I love the sound of the Horrible Histories maze although I’m not sure I’d be brave enough for Warwick Castle After Dark! 🙂 #countrykids

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