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Hi everyone and welcome back to my blog.
In today’s post I share our recent visit to Warwick Castle. This historic building is a beautiful sight to behold and we were lucky enough to experience The Falconer’s Quest – the UK’s biggest birds of prey show.
Bubba is now at the age where she really enjoys books and story time. We’ve been visiting our local library and spent a lot of time talking about castles prior to our visit so she was very excited to be visiting a real life castle! As a busy parent, I found the Warwick Castle website a great way to get my bearings and decide our itinerary for the day.
Luckily, as we left Gloucestershire the sun came out which meant we got to enjoy the sunshine bouncing off the honeyed stone of the castle.
On arrival we parked in the castle car park which, much to Bubba’s delight, was surrounded by sheep and cows.
We made our way to the castle along the flat walkway which was well suited to pushchairs, wheelchairs and buggies.
As we were visiting on a bank holiday weekend this popular attraction was full of visitors and we were able to really enjoy the hustle and bustle of castle life.
We swiftly made our way through the entrance turnstiles and headed to the riverside viewing area where The Falconer’s Quest birds of prey show is held.
The waterside setting is very pretty so we settled into our surroundings and watched the resident swans and cygnets bobbing along the river with the Trebuchet standing proud in the background.
Crowds soon gathered and at 12:30 the show began. The Falconer’s Quest is the UK’s biggest birds of prey show with over 70 birds taking to the skies.
As a family we were all amazed by the birds and their handlers during the show. The birds of prey swooped and dived right above our heads, showcasing their incredible talent and ability.
The Andean Condor was magnificent standing at 3ft tall and with a wingspan of 10ft when in flight!
The Peregrine Falcon was phenomenal and the speed at which it flew was amazing to see first hand.
I managed to capture a number of the birds in flight for my YouTube vlog of our day but the film doesn’t compare to the real life spectacle.
If you or someone you know loves birds of prey and falconry shows then we would definitely recommend a visit to Warwick Castle to see The Falconer’s Quest.
I was also really moved by the music which accompanies the birds in flight during the show. The Falconer’s Quest truly celebrates these beautiful birds and brings the history of the castle to life before your eyes.
After the show we visited the Peacock garden with its pretty conservatory and manicured grounds. Bubba loved seeing the ‘blue birds’ up close and enjoyed running about in the extensive 64 acre ‘Capability’ Brown landscaped gardens.
We then decided to visit the all-you-can-eat Undercroft restaurant for lunch and enjoyed a hot buffet of pizza, pasta and salad which was cooked before us and filled us up for the afternoon ahead.
We took hot drinks with us as we left and headed to the princess tower. Throughout the day children are invited to join a princess for a storytelling session with a difference. Bubba dressed up as a princess before heading to the fairytale themed room and listening to the story of Princess Felice and Guy of Warwick.
There is so much to do and it is easy to see why Warwick Castle’s 1,100 years of history draws crowds year upon year. Throughout the castle grounds there are plenty of activities to entertain the whole family from archery to lessons in sword fighting and the bowman show.
Before heading home we were sure to experience the Horrible Histories maze which celebrates Terry Deary’s books and takes you through different ages in time.
We had a brilliant day out. Thank you to Warwick Castle for inviting us to experience an unforgettable day with you.
Have you ever been to Warwick Castle? Do you love birds of prey? Does the magic and history of castles interest you? I’d love for you to comment below and let me know.
As always, thank you so much for reading!
Love, Thrifty Mumma X
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To find out more about Warwick Castle and The Falconer’s Quest please visit the dedicated website: https://www.warwick-castle.com/
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