The Square Peg checks out….Warwick Castle

During half term we decided to use our Tesco Clubcard vouchers and have a day out at Warwick Castle. I can hand on heart say that it is a fantastic day out and if you haven’t been you should go. Yes, even if you have a Square Peg because they will love it.

It is best to visit Warwick on a dry day because you have to walk for 20 minutes from the car park to the Castle entrance. Fortunately for us it was a sunny day and Edward is generally quite happy walking….that is until to tell him which was he should be going. So Daddy ended up putting him on his shoulders. If you have a Blue Badge then parking is much closer to the Castle.

Outside the entrance was a Knight on a horse and Edward was beside himself with excitement, he was brilliant posing for the photo. (You understand that this rarely happens, he never looks at the camera on request. 😂)

A Knight in shining armour

The Horrible Histories Maze

A quick look at the timetable of events for the day and we decided to head straight to the Horrible Histories maze. On the way in, you pick up a Time Passport and when you get to each area such as the Slimy Stuarts, Terrible tudors etc you have to stamp the passport. Once again, Edward was beside himself with excitement (there’s a running theme here…😂) He just loved wandering around the maze, however, he wasn’t bothered if he lost us in the maze…but we all managed to find our way out of the maze in one piece.

Matthew with the Time Passport

Oops! We’ve hit a dead end!

Two scallywags in the stocks

The War of the Roses

It was actually very hot in the maze so we decided we all needed a sit down and a cup of tea. We drank our tea then heading on down to the War of the Roses! All I can say is WOW!! What an amazing show! They reinact the battles between the House of York and the House of Lancaster through jousting. Very exciting to watch!

The House of York
House of York wins!

The Falconers Quest

When this had finished we walked straight from there to the Falconers Quest. Now we visited Warwick Castle in the summer of 2018 and watched the falconry display but this time they had ramped it up. For starters it was over in a purpose built area close to the jousting. This time it was told in a story format of how the birds came to be at Warwick Castle. Again it was a incredible Falconry display. It started off with a little barn owl and escalated to an Andean Condor and a Lamagaya. These birds swooped so low over the crowd it was amazing.

The Falconers Quest
Woah! How low?!

In the Castle

After lunch we decided to have a look around Warwick Castle itself. It is an incredible historic building steeped in the royal history of Great Britain. One thing to note is that there are a lot and I mean a lot of steps, think 500 steps in a tight spiral staircase. So make sure you read the warning notice before you decide to go up because once you’ve gone in you can’t go back down again until you’ve reached the top! Such amazing views to see at the top of the tower. We continued to walk along the ramparts and into the other towers. All I could think about was Robin Hood Prince of Theives and I could just imagine the gruesome battles that took place.

The Square Peg made it to the top of the tower!

Walking the ramparts

Let’s buy some plastic swords!

Knight School

Why on earth did we buy them plastic swords??! Well the answer is simple….Knight School.

For about an hour they had a sword fighting lesson. Edward was once again really excited to take part in this. As you’ll see in the pictures below he still had a ‘moment’ and threw himself on the floor.

The Square Peg joins in at Knight School
The Square Peg does his own thing at Knight School
Huzzah!!

For those of you who are planning to take a Square Peg to Warwick Castle, do it! They will gain so much from a visit there it’s worth the exhaustion of the day. However, there are a few things to consider before going. Firstly, I recommend getting hold of a guide book and the event timetable to plan the day with them before you go.

If you visit in high season then it does get very busy so if you’re Square Peg doesn’t like crowds then have a plan of what to do should your Square Peg not be able to cope with crowds.

Obviously you don’t have to watch the Falconry display or the War of the Roses you can just spend time in the castle. If you do decide to watch the Falconry display then prepare your Square Peg that the birds will swoop very low over your head and that there are lots of bangs and flashes at the War of the Roses.

Have you visited Warwick Castle with your Square Peg? If so, do you have any advice or recommendations?

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20 Comments Add yours

  1. Veronica Lee says:

    WOW! What a fun place to visit! Gorgeous photos, BTW.

    Happy Monday!

    #GlobalBlogging

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    1. Thank you! I keep looking at the photos as I love them 😍

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  2. Ami says:

    What a fantastic experience for you all! Loved the pictures too, I was able to picture all the events 😁 Looking forward to reading more about your family days out!

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    1. Thank you! Our family days out are certainly unforgettable in so many ways 😂

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  3. Warwick Castle looks like an amazing place to visit with kids! My kids like going to Medieval Festivals here in Italy. But this location looks more kid-friendly! #globalblogging

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  4. Laura (Em&Me) says:

    Warwick castle is such a great place to visit! It’s quite local to me so I’m sure we’ll be paying another visit soon. I’ve been once before but the weather was so wet we’re hoping for a dry day next! #dreamteam

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    1. We went once before on a wet and it doesn’t make for an enjoyable day. Definitely go on a dry day.

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  5. M says:

    Wow!!!! It looks and sounds absolutely amazing!!!

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  6. Ooh I need to go! Even though I grew up in Shropshire I’ve never been. Looks fab #itsOK

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    1. That always happens when you live near somewhere, you never end up going. But definitely make an effort, it’s fab xx

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  7. Wow! What a fantastic day out. We’ve never been to Warwick castle as it’s quite far from us. I definitely feel like we’re missing out. Stunning photos.. and that jousting!! Thanks for sharing your adventures with the #dreamteam xx

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    1. We live in Devon but we were up in the midlands visiting the in laws. There is a Knights Village there with lodges and Yurts that look loads of fun so you could have a mini break there. Xx

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  8. Warwick Castle has been high to my places to go list for so long. I once went there but it was closed due to foot and mouth (over 10 years ago) and have never been in the area with time to spare since. Thanks for linking up with #globalblogging

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    1. There is actually a Knights Village there with lodges and Yurts to stay in and that looks loads of fun. Xx

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  9. Ooh this looks fab! Great pics too. Glad you had a brilliant day #itsOK

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    1. Thank you. It was fab, loads of fun with a great gory history lesson too. Xx

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  10. We’ve been and I agree with you – it is a great day out and so much more than just a castle. The Birds of Prey shows are fabulous too. #itsok

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    1. I think the extra attractions there make a great historical castle of Great Britain more appealing to the younger generation. As long as they don’t start adding rollercoasters….

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    1. Oh amazing! Thank you. I didn’t think I would feature two weeks in a row. That’s great news for a Monday morning. Xx

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