What's New at Warwick Castle in 2012 - witches, lovers, boats and dragons

Thursday 1, December 2011


What's New at Warwick Castle in 2012 - witches, lovers, boats and dragons


Britain’s Ultimate Castle, Warwick Castle (, has created a crammed calendar of fun activities and new attractions to keep the whole family entertained and enthralled throughout 2012.


Witch watch: A new witchcraft experience revealing the most recent discoveries will open in The Castle Dungeon in early 2012, and promises to raise the hairs on even the most fearless of necks. The archivist at Warwick Castle has unearthed several unsettling stories and terrifying tales of witchcraft in the course of her research and she feels compelled to share her findings with visitors. These discoveries reveal how witches and witchcraft played a prominent role at the site from its earliest days as the fortification of Ethelfleda, daughter of Alfred the Great. 


Putting the Grrreat into Great Britain: Learn about Great British battle and survival techniques from history during February half-term (11-19 February 2012) including mighty machines, deadly weapons, powerful armoury and siege strategy – Warwick Castle boasts Britain’s biggest Trebuchet - all presented with pomp, pageantry and patriotic pride! 


Leap Year Ladies’ Day: Next year is set to be momentous and memorable not least due to HM Queen’s Diamond Jubilee, The Olympic Torch Relay – coming through Warwick on 1 July, and London 2012 – and for thousands of ‘leaplings’ born on 29 February, the Leap Year brings much-anticipated birthday celebrations. In addition, tradition allows for women to propose marriage to men on the date that falls once every four years and Warwick Castle will do all it can to assist love-struck ladies secure the answer they seek. The Pageant Field is a favourite proposal spot. 


Dragon hunt: Merlin: The Dragon Tower will mark its first birthday on St George’s Day, 21 April, with a range of feisty celebrations, dragon hunting and displays of heroism from the Warwick Castle characters. Poised on the banks of the River Avon, Warwick Castle commands views of the surrounding countryside and the river as it wends its way to Shakespeare’s Stratford-upon-Avon. In spring, visitors will be able to take full advantage of the river for the first time with the introduction of river boating within the Castle grounds. 


World Jousting Tournament: Not (yet) an Olympic sport, jousting is - however - a firm favourite with families visiting Warwick Castle and summer 2012 will bring the first World Jousting Tournament to the historic site. A celebration of horseback heroics and dashing derring-do, knights from all over the world will don their gleaming armour and mount their sturdy steads to compete for the jousting crown. 


Tim Harrison-Jones, General Manager, Warwick Castle said: “With celebrations to mark the first birthday of Merlin: The Dragon Tower, new River Avon boat trips, more jousting than ever and dragon hunts galore it’ll be a busy and exciting year for our visitors with plenty of new things to see and do throughout the year.” 


Harrison-Jones continued: “Nothing could have prepared us for the spine-tingling and salacious tales of sorcery that we’ve uncovered in our darkest dungeon archives, and we’ll reveal those secrets to our visitors in The Castle Dungeon as soon as we can. In the meantime we’re busy steeling ourselves for the task of telling these truly terrifying tales!” 


Throughout 2012 Warwick Castle will continue to offer visitors a great value day out for the family with exciting attractions including Merlin: The Dragon Tower based on the hit BBC One drama, where the brave can come face to fang with the great dragon from Camelot; The Castle Dungeon, a 45-minute live-actor experience; The Princess Tower with pea-under-the-mattress test and Princesses’ portraits; and seasonal attractions including The Trebuchet; Birds of Prey displays and Jousting.



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