(We were invited along to the Falconer’s Quest show to review and given a media rate for the Knight’s Village stay. These are my honest views.)
If you have children (or adults!) who love all things knights and castles, it’s really worth a stay at the wonderful Knight’s Village at Warwick Castle.
Overnight stays in a woodland lodge or yurt tent include access to the castle and all the shows including the current one ‘Falconer’s Quest’ – a fantastic bird of prey show!
On our first day, we were really impressed with The Falconer’s Quest show – It brings to life a riveting storyline with avian acrobatics by the castle’s flock that includes red kites, bearded vultures, eagles, falcons and an Andean condor boasting a wing span of 3.2metres.
The experienced falconers handle the endangered birds with ease and remind the audience that they are well looked after at the castle. I would highly recommend you sit in the central bit of the show (there is lots of space) – we sat in the shade and had a great view but we missed the amazing experience of giant birds swooping and diving over the heads of the audience!
In medieval times birds were a potent symbol of status and wealth. The Falconer’s Quest weaves together the historical story of falconry with the family-friendly aerial spectacle. Other daily shows at Warwick Castle include the firing of the UK’s largest siege engine, the Mighty Trebuchet; the Horrible Histories maze; expert-led history tours of the Great Hall and state rooms; archer’s-eye views from the towers and ramparts; story-time in The Princess Tower and seasonal treats.
We enjoyed a sleepover in a Woodland Lodge at Warwick Castle Knight’s Village which includes two days castle entry, overnight accommodation with a hearty breakfast, car parking, exclusive entertainment including sword fighting skills and archery lessons, and more.
The accommodation is surrounded by greenery and lovely established trees. Our lodge was next to the River Avon with a beautiful view and there’s a seating area outside. There are a number of options but we stayed in a five-person lodge (although there were three of us.) It has one double bed and a separate room with bunk bed and pull-out bed underneath.
We had dinner in the great hall on site which included the fantastic experience meeting real knights and watching a sword fight show. Sir James and Sir Phillip from Warwick Warriors were excellent at both fighting and talking! Sir James in particular impressed us with his knowledge of armour and knight facts. It really was a show to remember!
Warwick Castle is a fantastic day out or short break perfect for May half term with spectacular shows like the Falconer’s Quest – and back for a special half-term preview – Wars of the Roses Live jousting, alongside the historic Castle and beautiful grounds. Find out more about tickets and what’s on at www.warwick-castle.com.