We visited Sudeley Castle on a grey and wet Monday but still had a lovely time exploring the gardens, hearing about the resident ghosts and climbing the new play fort.
Ed and I went along with some of our friends who have the yearly pass as they live nearby in Winchcombe. We have been before, but wanted to have a look at the new fun fort and exhibition on the 1,000-year history of Sudeley Castle.
The castle is set in 10 beautiful gardens and St Mary’s Church, where Henry VIII’s last wife Katherine Parr is buried, is also in the grounds. Not so interesting for little ones but for history/Tudor lovers like myself – fascinating!
We started with a walk through the castle exhibition rooms which include models of the Tudors and other historical objects and furniture. At the end of the tour you descend a creepy ‘haunted staircase’ which is quite exciting.
Outside in the gardens, children can play hide-and-seek in the yew trees while adults can marvel at the beautiful flowers and plants and imagine how Anne Boleyn, Katherine Parr, Lady Jane Grey and Elizabeth I once walked there.
There is so much to explore, including a pheasantry with a collection of rare and endangered species of birds from around the world as part of Sudeley’s programme of breeding and conservation. Look out for ‘Kevin’ the impressive peacock who hangs around in the enclosure (our friends call him this!)
The last stop on our tour was the new wooden fort. It was fun for little ones but perhaps aimed at children aged a bit older than 3-year-old Ed as he could get to the first floor but not to the top. I can imagine sitting in the grounds of the adventure play area on a nice summer day having a picnic while kids enjoy the fort, whizz on the new zip wire and tackle the 10-piece assault course.
You can enjoy exciting events at Sudeley throughout the year. This Wednesday (11th April) there is a children’s Easter fun day, including an Easter Trail around the castle and grounds as well as the Animal Encounter Trailer. You’ll get the chance to get up close and personal with everything from snakes to tortoises, armadillos and meerkats.
Other events coming up at Sudeley include a Victorian May Day and Father’s Day Joust.