Wars of the Roses at Warwick Castle

We spent the weekend at Warwick Castle, which is rapidly becoming one of our favourite places. We were there to watch the Wars of the Roses show and stay in a Knight’s Village Lodge. Here’s a short video of what we were up to. Turn up the volume, it’s dramatic!

Wars of the Roses Live

This summer until 3rd September, guests can choose their allegiances in the Wars of the Roses live show. The battle takes place on the River Island. It is set in 1455, when the House of Lancaster holds throne. The House of York challenges the crown of King Henry VI and the ensuing battles last for 30 years.

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The first time we watched, we took the side of the Yorkists. The actors built up the crowd to cheer for their respective sides before the Knights rode in on horseback and battle commenced. The whole thing was incredibly exciting and we were all amazed by the horsemanship. It was also a great way to teach children about history, Libby was asking me questions throughout the show.

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We loved it so much that we went back to watch it again. This time, we took the side of the Lancastrians. The audience are in stands that are undercover, but you can also stand right next to the arena if you arrive early. The actors are incredible and made the whole experience totally engaging. We wouldn’t hesitate to go a third (and fourth) time later in the summer.

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Flight of the Eagles

We have seen the Flight of the Eagles several times now but we never tire of it. There aren’t many opportunities to see such enormous and majestic birds soaring above your head. The show lasts for half an hour and you see several different types of birds. Lia is so fascinated by it that at three, she can already identify a sea eagle when the handler brings it into the arena.

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Horrible Histories Show

Last time we went to Warwick Castle, the Horrible Histories show was the highlight of our visit. It is both educational and funny, with humour aimed at adults as well as children. They sing and dance as well as acting and the children loved it. We only went once during this visit, much to the girls’ horror. It is the same show every time but they would happily watch it on repeat all day.

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The rest of the Castle

The castle is in a beautiful location with views across the Warwickshire countryside. This time, we managed to go up the tower to enjoy the view.

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We also headed into the Princess Tower, which is the girls’ favourite part of the Castle. They tell a little story and the children get involved by helping the princess to solve a riddle. The girls genuinely believe that it is magical and they look forward to it every time we go.

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The girls had a great time in the playground, which wasn’t too busy. Sadly we didn’t have time for the Horrible Histories maze this time, but you can read about it in my Horrible Histories at Warwick Castle review. We did make it to the Great Hall and State Rooms. Lia got rather into the game of poker that the waxworks were playing. She has rather a good poker face, don’t you think?

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Staying in the Knight’s Village Lodge

The Knight’s Village is a themed accommodation area right next to the Castle grounds. There are bell tents and wooden lodges and we stayed in a lodge. This allowed us to make the most of the experience, staying for longer and getting into the atmosphere of the castle.

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The lodges themselves are wood cabins with a medieval theme. Ours had a double bed in the main room and bunk beds in the small room. There was also a third bunk that could pull out at floor level so three children could stay there. We pulled this out to stop Lia from hurting herself if she fell out of bed. There is also a bathroom with a wet-room shower.

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The accommodation is fairly basic but there is a television, tea and coffee making facilities and free WiFi. We were all very comfortable in our lodge and slept well. The accommodation is completely in keeping with  the ethos of Warwick Castle and added to the authenticity of the experience.

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Dinner and breakfast

Dinner and breakfast were served in the Medieval Grand Banqueting Hall. This is a lovely wooden building with a bar and canteen-style self-service area. The menu was varied with salad and soup to start, several vegetarian options and some more child-friendly options as well as the main meals for kids. There was also a choice of desserts and soft drinks were included in the price of dinner. That said, I would recommend trying the medieval mead, it is very distinctive!

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Breakfast is served in the same area, with hot and cold drinks included. This is also a self-service meal. There were hot and cold options and even a pancake machine. The only issue I found with the buffet style dining is that it’s hard work with young children. I spent most of the mealtimes getting up and down with them to top up their plates or take them to the toilet. That said, it was well worth it to dine in such a lovely setting.

Evening Entertainment

Evening entertainment takes place outside and still went ahead despite the rain. My two took so long eating their dinner that we didn’t manage to catch all the entertainment. However, they did try out some circus skills and watch the knights having sword fights. It was the perfect end to an exciting day at Warwick Castle.

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Please note, we are blogger ambassadors for Warwick Castle and were invited to visit and stay at the castle free of charge to allow me to to produce this blog post.

55 Comments

  1. July 27, 2017 / 11:45 am

    I WAS THERE THE SAME WEEKEND AND STAYED IN THE LODGE NEXT TO YOURS OMGGGGG

    • monsterid July 27, 2017 / 2:14 pm

      Haha that’s hilarious, I had no idea! I hope you had a fab time.xx

  2. July 27, 2017 / 4:39 pm

    The Wars of the Roses live shows sound really interesting. I’m very impressed by some of the horsemanship you captured on the video. I’ve never been to Warwick Castle but it looks like a brilliant place for a day out 🙂

    • monsterid August 6, 2017 / 10:39 pm

      Thank you Louise, it was amazing. You and your girls would love it.
      Nat.x

  3. July 27, 2017 / 10:04 pm

    It looks like you all had a great weekend. I didn’t know you could stay over at Warwick Castle, the lodge looks fab. We’ve never been before, but it’s not too far for us so definitely one to try x

    • monsterid August 6, 2017 / 10:37 pm

      Oh you really should, you’ll love it.
      Nat.x

  4. August 7, 2017 / 11:13 am

    Nat, I would LOVE this! What an epic mini break! I had no idea you could stay over and ltierally so much to do! Is the music to the video “flight of the something? Very dramatic! #familytraveltips

    • monsterid August 15, 2017 / 10:45 pm

      Haha flights of the valkyries 😉 you’d love it Carrie, you should definitely check it out.
      Nat.x

  5. August 8, 2017 / 7:44 am

    What a fantastic way to bring history alive for all the family! So much fun! And those lodges are absolutely divine. This looks like an absolute must for any family. We’re popping back to the UK in October and I so wish we could squeeze this in. Next time 🙂 #familytraveltips

    • monsterid August 15, 2017 / 10:39 pm

      I’m sure you’ll love it whenever you go. Have a good trip back in October!
      Nat.x

  6. August 8, 2017 / 8:41 am

    Oh I really didn’t know you could stay there, how cool!!

    • monsterid August 15, 2017 / 10:37 pm

      Neither did I, maybe it’s quite recent.
      Nat.x

  7. August 8, 2017 / 9:34 am

    This looks like a fantastic way for kids to learn about that period of history #familytraveltips

    • monsterid August 15, 2017 / 10:37 pm

      It is perfect, so much easier than teaching them!
      Nat.x

    • monsterid August 15, 2017 / 10:36 pm

      Ahh that’s funny, we always went there on school trips as I’m from that direction too! It’s a great place, you’ll love it when you visit.
      Nat.x

  8. August 8, 2017 / 10:45 am

    This is near my parent’s house – one for the list! Thanks for the info, great way to learn and have fun all at once. #familytraveltips

    • monsterid August 15, 2017 / 10:35 pm

      Lovely, you’ll really enjoy it.
      Nat.x

  9. August 8, 2017 / 3:14 pm

    We have only been to Warwick Castle on a school trip before but really want to go as a family outing, it looks brilliant. We love Horrible Histories and would love to see all the other things too. The lodges look great #familytraveltips

    • monsterid August 15, 2017 / 10:33 pm

      You’d have a brilliant time Luke, the Horrible Histories show is excellent.
      Nat.x

  10. August 8, 2017 / 4:01 pm

    Sounds like an amazing place to visit! shall put it on our list. x

    • monsterid August 15, 2017 / 10:33 pm

      It’s great, you’ll love it!
      Nat.x

  11. August 8, 2017 / 8:04 pm

    This looks fantastic fun for all the family. The lodges look really nice too. #familytraveltips

    • monsterid August 15, 2017 / 10:32 pm

      They’re really lovely, the perfect place to stay.
      Nat.x

  12. August 9, 2017 / 7:05 am

    Not taken our girls here yet, it is now definitely on the list for the next time we are have a trip home to that part of the UK. It looks amazing. #familytraveltips
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    • monsterid August 15, 2017 / 10:32 pm

      Thank you, you’ll have a great time.
      Nat.x

  13. August 9, 2017 / 11:21 am

    I’ve never been to Warwick castle before. I’d love to, it looks amazing and so much to do for kids. I live that wee bit too far away, so maybe when the kids are a bit older. Great photos. I am loving seeing what there is to do there. x #Familytraveltips

    • monsterid August 15, 2017 / 10:25 pm

      I hope you make it one day, you would love it!
      Nat.x

  14. August 9, 2017 / 11:55 am

    #familytraveltips.
    Great photos. I loved hearing about your adventures at Warwick castle.

    • monsterid August 15, 2017 / 10:25 pm

      Thank you, it’s a great place.
      Nat.x

  15. August 9, 2017 / 4:24 pm

    The Knights’ Village lodge looks amazing! The War of the Roses looks brilliant too. I’d be useless if my kids started asking me questions. I used to love watching Horrible Histories on TV, it was a shame when the kids gave it up.
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    • monsterid August 15, 2017 / 10:25 pm

      It is really good, I loved the Horrible Histories show!
      Nat.x

  16. August 10, 2017 / 2:31 pm

    The War of the Roses looks absolutely fascinating!!! Nothing like learning from “live action” and i would totally go and visit this if in England! coming from #familytraveltips
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    • monsterid August 15, 2017 / 10:20 pm

      Yes it’s really good, a great way to learn about history.
      Nat.x

  17. August 16, 2017 / 10:09 am

    I’ve visited a couple of times but never with the girls. I think it would be great to take them when they are old enough to understand things and I hope that the new accommodation isn’t haunted. #familytraveltips
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    • monsterid August 16, 2017 / 10:53 am

      Eek, I’m glad you didn’t put that idea into my head until after we’d stayed!!
      Nat.x

  18. September 1, 2017 / 9:19 am

    What a fabulous way for kids to learn about history! And I would definitely enjoy this myself too 🙂 Looks like a fantastic way to spend a weekend. #culturedkids

    • monsterid September 2, 2017 / 7:43 am

      Oh it really is a great way to learn and I enjoyed it too. I’d go as an adult even if I didn’t have kids!
      Nat.x

  19. September 1, 2017 / 9:22 am

    Staying the night at the castle – what a fun thing to do! It sounds as though there’s so much to see and do at Warwick Castle that you’d need the extra time. Thanks ever so much for linking up with #CulturedKids, Nat x

    • monsterid September 2, 2017 / 7:43 am

      Oh it was amazing, I felt so lucky to be able to stay there. And there would still have been plenty to do if we’d stayed another night!
      Nat.x

  20. September 1, 2017 / 12:06 pm

    There looks like there’s just so much to do at Warwick Castle! It’s on our list of places to visit – I think we’d like to become Merlin annual pass holders next year x

    • monsterid September 2, 2017 / 7:42 am

      Oh wouldn’t that be incredible? I’d love to have a Merlin annual pass. One day!
      Nat.x

  21. September 1, 2017 / 1:14 pm

    Fantastic. My kids would love to see the jousting and knights in shining armour. Great introduction to history. #culturedkids
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    • monsterid September 2, 2017 / 7:41 am

      Oh the jousting was incredible, you should definitely go if you get the opportunity.
      Nat.x

  22. September 1, 2017 / 6:34 pm

    What a wonderful programme of children’s activities and brilliant for learning about the history. Must visit Warwick Castle! #culturedkids

    • monsterid September 2, 2017 / 7:36 am

      Oh you’d love it, it’s a great place to learn about history. I’m sure my two have learnt more there than at school!
      Nat.x

    • monsterid September 2, 2017 / 7:36 am

      Haha we had to go once on each side as my daughter couldn’t choose! The accommodation was fab, it was great to have the opportunity to stay.
      Nat.x

  23. September 4, 2017 / 9:38 pm

    I’m really torn here. On one hand, this looks fantastic: vividly bringing history to life. But, on the other hand, it is not just a bit, well, too much like a theme park? Do we need to be spoon-fed history as a form of entertainment?

    Hope I don’t sound grumpy 😉 Either way, it’s an excellent article on what is certainly a stimulating short break. Love the video, and photo of the castle with the dramatic clouds. Greetings from Luxembourg! #CulturedKids

    • monsterid September 14, 2017 / 8:08 am

      Yes I understand what you’re saying, but actually there are lots of castles where you can have the authentic ‘just the castle’ experience. For some people, that’s enough. But these days a lot of people do want something more to promote interactive learning as just seeing a castle isn’t enough. For children in particular I think it’s great, the castle itself isn’t being effected and it’s making history more accessible to a variety of different learning styles.
      Nat.x

  24. September 5, 2017 / 10:40 am

    Such a fun way to immerse in history! Loved the video – definitely dramatic. Happy to have found your beautiful blog and site from #CulturedKids – cheers from Copenhagen, Erin

    • monsterid September 14, 2017 / 8:03 am

      Thank you, it’s a wonderful way to learn!
      Nat.x

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