Tuesday, 14 May 2019

DAY OUT: Discover The Falconer's Quest at Warwick Castle

DAY OUT: Discover The Falconer's Quest at Warwick Castle
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Warwick Castle is such a nostalgic place for me, as I used to walk past it on the way to secondary school for years. I spent most of my teenage years living in Warwick, so going back to visit Warwick Castle with Isabella and Poppy was so exciting. If you're not familiar with Warwick Castle then it is one of the very popular attractions within the Merlin Entertainments Group. Located in the heart of Warwick, a beautiful quaint town in the midlands, it's history stretches over 11 centuries and with £6 million spent on it's restoration in the past 10 years alone you can imagine how impressive it is to explore.
A big part of any visitors experience to the Castle is their wide range of shows and attractions that they put on around the grounds, aimed at a range of ages and interests. One of the newest shows is The Falconer's Quest, which is shown in the Riverside Viewing Area. It is one of the UK's biggest Bird of Prey Shows, with a variety of birds free to fly overhead and provide a dynamic display of aerial acrobatics. Unfortunately on the day we visited it was extremely windy, so for the safety of the birds and public we were advised that a reduced version of the show would be shown. That certainly didn't mean it was anything less than seriously impressive though. The setting for the show is down by the river, which is beautiful and gives the Birds of Prey ample space to fly around. We were shown three different Birds of Prey, all of which completely captivated Isabella and Poppy. At one point they had two bird handlers standing on opposite sides of the audience and the Bird of Prey was flying between them, extremely close to our heads! The Falconer's Quest was also really informative and a great way to education children more about the impressive Birds of Prey that are wild within the UK.
Other shows that are on throughout the Castle grounds include: The Mighty Trebuchet Talk, Bowman Show, Knights Training Camp for Kids and the Castle Dungeons. The Castle Dungeons are an additional cost to enter and recommended for 10 years and over. I remember going to them as a teenager and would certainly adhere to the age recommendation as a parent now - it is quite scary! I was quite impressed at how much was included within the ticket cost, although it is worth noting that entry is on the higher end. However, as Warwick Castle is part of the Merlin Entertainment Group it is really worth finding a 2 for 1 or Adults Go Free vouchers, which are often on cereal boxes etc. because it makes a day out there a lot more affordable. You could also look into an annual pass just for Warwick Castle if you live nearby or a Merlin annual pass, such as Sealife Centre, Thorpe Park, Alton Towers, Legoland, The Blackpool Tower, Coca-Cola London Eye, Shrek's Adventures etc.

One of Isabella's favourite attractions we visited within Warwick Castle was The Princess Tower. Now I don't want to say too much, as it would ruin the magic of the experience but if you have a 3-8 year old then I'd highly recommend a visit. It is included in the price of entry, all you have to do is approach a Princess to book in at the next available time. You're given a pass with your time on and then you return five minutes before. When you enter The Princess Tower there is a photo opportunity and then you enter the magical tower where the children's help is needed to solve a riddle. It was so well put together and Isabella was so excited to meet a Princess in the Castle.
There are a variety of places to eat around the grounds of Warwick Castle, selling burgers, waffles, hot drinks, hot dogs, ice-cream, pork baps, pasties etc., as well as plenty of space to bring your own picnic. Despite the cold and very windy weather we opted for a picnic and were very grateful to find a marquee (right next to The Falconer's Quest show) that is up during the colder months for people to enjoy their picnics in. The shelter from the wind was much needed and it meant we could still enjoy our picnic; a really helpful extra touch from Warwick Castle and one I've personally not seen before.
Overall, we had such a lovely day exploring the Peacock Gardens, inside the castle, watching The Falconer's Quest, visiting The Princess Tower, enjoying the incredible views over Warwick and being immersed in history.


Have you visited Warwick Castle before?


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Helen x
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17 comments

  1. I have always wanted to go to Warwick Castle but we always seem to go to other places, I've definitely got to put it on the list to definitely do on the weekends! When we were on holiday in Devon last year we visited a Birds of Prey centre and the kids went wild for it, so I think they would love to see them here!

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  2. being in the States,I have never visited Warrick Castle but definitely would love too if given a chance. Beautiful pictures you took as well,the peacock was stunning to look at....

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  3. I live a 40 minute drive from Warwick Castle so I've visited several times, as a kid and as an adult. It's always a fun day out. I really want to take my niece and nephew (aged 4 and 8) as I think they'd love it!

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  4. I used to live 10 minutes from Warwick Castle but haven't been since I was a kid. It looks like it's changed and grown so much since being owned by Merlin and becoming more interactive.

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  5. Oh I love a castle but we haven't been here before. I think it's quite far away from us.

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  6. I love castles and old houses, I have been here years ago though, so definitely need anther visit x

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  7. What an amazing day out! I love a good castle, and the falcons are a bonus. Great peacock photo too!

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  8. Your overviews of this place are so thorough and they give so much good infomation.I will def have to add this to my list

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  9. We’ve never been to Warwick castle before but I’d love to go. The princess tower sounds fab!

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  10. I have been there twice. A lovely place! I grew up in Warwick, Rhode Island, so I was particularly interested in visiting the castle. However, when I visited it I had no idea my ancestors lived in at one time, and are buried in the church nearby!

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  11. We love Warwick Castle and visited a few months ago and it was absolutely lovely, we did see the quest but as it was our first time did something else.

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  12. Looks like you had a wonderful day out at Warwick castle for sure. love your piccys to btw xx

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  13. I've not actually been to Warwick but the castle sounds amazing and so does the quest! x

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  14. Castles still amaze me even to this age. There's just something magical and mysterious when you visit a castle. I'm sure kids feel the same way.

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  15. I’ve read so many reviews of this castle and it really does sound amazing! The trail sounds like lots of fun, my boys would love an adventure here xx

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  16. This place is on my to do list, such a historic but fun place to visit. My son would love it x

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  17. Wow this is somewhere we keep meaning to visit but never get round to going.

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