Review of Warwick Castle’s Dragon Slayer

(We received tickets in exchange for our honest review)

Following on from our fantastic visit to see Warwick Castle’s ‘Falconer’s Quest’ and stay in the Knight’s Village, we expected a treat with the Dragon Slayer.

The open-air evening show in the castle grounds includes fire-breathing dragons, real knights stunt horse-riding and jousting, a historical tale and fireworks. Dragon Slayer performances run on selected dates until Monday 26th August.

The show is in two halves – the first by the riverside jousting area where the crowd watches from the stands. I would have probably liked a seat and blanket included in my ticket price but I guess you can bring them along! We really enjoyed the engaging tale of Guy of Warwick – a legendary character who falls in love with the Lady Felice who is of higher social standing. Guy must prove his valour and chivalry to become a knight (times have changed but I was romantically trying to imagine my husband riding in as a knight…lol) The live actors played out the tale along with battling each other, jousting and encountering a dragon. My 4-year-old loved it!

We then moved to the inner castle walls to watch the second half where Guy and Felice’s love story continues with a spectacular projection show. The art installations, fire canons and fireworks light up all the walls of the castle with Guy battling an impressive real fire-breathing dragon. Again, bring a blanket or chairs!

I would recommend the show, especially if you have children who love all things knights and dragons, although I think the cost of the ticket price should include seating as with small children, you have to pick them up to see at times. If you’ve ever been to the wonderful Efteling theme park in the Netherlands, it’s a bit like the ‘Ravelijn’ show.

Warwick Castle has grown on us since we first visited and it’s now one of our favourite places to go. We are not fans of busy places which aim to get money out of you at every turn. Of course, attractions have to market themselves and make a profit and Warwick Castle seem to be expert at this. However, we have been really impressed with the Father Christmas experience (he was very authentic!) and we really love the Knight’s Village where you can stay overnight next to the river in a log cabin or tent, see real knights at dinner time and get into the castle early when it’s quiet.

Find out more about tickets and what’s on at www.warwick-castle.com/ You can book Dragon Slayer tickets here.

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