Warwick Castle set to reopen with new family attraction

While indoor attractions will remain closed in line with government restrictions, visitors will be able to explore the 64 acres of grounds, including the Pageant Field, Peacock Garden and Central Courtyard

Following the latest government announcement, Warwick Castle has announced that it will be reopening its gates, outdoor activities and Knight’s Village accommodation to the public from April 12.

The reopening will also see the launch of Zog and the Quest for the Golden Star interactive trail.

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While indoor attractions will remain closed in line with government restrictions, visitors will be able to explore the 64 acres of grounds, including the Pageant Field, Peacock Garden and Central Courtyard.

Warwick Castle’s outdoor activities and its brand new Zog and the Quest for the Golden Star activity trail will reopen on April 12. Image by Warwick Castle

There will be plenty to keep the children entertained, from the Horrible Histories® Maze, which is fun for all the family, to roaming castle characters including princesses, knights and the renowned birds of prey.

Selected food and drink outlets around the Castle grounds will be offering a takeaway service for hot and cold drinks and snacks.

Single household overnight stays are also on offer in woodland lodges at the Knight’s Village. Takeaway meals can be ordered ahead of the reopening of the Knight’s Village banqueting hall from May 17.

Zog and the Quest for the Golden Star

Warwick Castle’s outdoor activities and its brand new Zog and the Quest for the Golden Star activity trail will reopen on April 12. Image by Warwick Castle

April 12 also marks the arrival of Zog, the loveable dragon, and his Quest for the Golden Star.

Featuring five fun lessons from Madame Dragon’s school, the brand new 3D interactive trail will enthrall children as they test-out awesome roars, capture a princess and fly without their feet ever leaving the ground.

Collecting a stamp at every task, the final challenge sees children join Sir Gadabout’s school for ambitious knights, before they head off to meet Zog for a photo and collect their very own golden star.

Based on the book written by award-winning author Julia Donaldson and illustrated by the talented Axel Scheffler, Zog is known and loved by children all around the world.

Thanks to this collaboration between Warwick Castle and Magic Light Pictures, the multi Oscar-nominated and BAFTA award-winning production company behind the animated adaptations of Zog, children can now live the story of the dragon themselves.

Liam Bartlett, operations director for Warwick Castle, said: “We are so excited to be reopening our outdoor attractions this April.

"Safety continues to be our priority, as we help guests make the most of their visit in the safest way possible.

"We can’t wait for Zog to land at the Castle, to share this new experience with guests of all ages.

"It’s going to be roar-some for families to experience Zog’s much-loved story through the interactive trail.

"It adds yet another element of fun to the Castle, and really brings to life the messages in the book around persistence and rising to the challenge.”

Warwick Castle have implemented several visitor health and safety processes, including:

~ Continuation of increased health and safety procedures for enhanced cleaning of all areas, including toilets and seating

~Non-contact temperature checks on arrival, one-way systems, social distancing markers and sanitiser stations

~ Pre-booking is essential due to reduced visitor capacity

~ Visitors (aged 11 and over ) must wear a face mask when entering indoor areas such as toilets (exemptions apply, in line with government guidance)

~ All onsite payments are ‘contactless’ and the Castle cannot accept cash at this time

Further information and to book tickets go to: www.warwick-castle.com