The first weekend of December hit and I was excited to get into the Christmas spirit with some family fun. We decided to use our Merlin Annual Passes to visit Warwick Castle, we’d visited earlier in the year to see the jousting and were looking forward to the Castle looking festive and wintery.
As soon as we arrived we headed straight to the Great Hall to meet an elf to get our tickets to see Santa. This is included in the ticket price but a time slot is needed to be booked, we were there at 10.45am and the next available slot was 1pm so definitely a good idea to get your ticket as soon as you arrive.
First we decided to explore the Great Hall and the indoors of the castle. It was hard not to admire the huge Christmas tree in the hall which was beautifully decorated. We then looked around the rest of the rooms in the Castle which had been suitably dressed for the Christmas season.
We then made our way outside to the Princess Tower to collect another timed ticket for an interactive show for later that afternoon. Next Mini wanted to explore the Kingsmaker exhibition, which takes you down beneath the Castle to experience different roles from knights to Castle maids. We had fun dressing up in the costumes available and pretend fighting.
After lunch it was time to visit Santa. At our time slot, we were invited in to see Mrs Claus within the state rooms of Warwick Castle. It was lovely to see the children sitting captivated as Mrs Claus read them a poem and talked to them about the importance of being kind and considerate of others.
We were then invited into another room where we were joined with Santa Claus, I must say his outfit was very authentic looking. Santa read the children a story and led them in a song of Jingle Bells. Children were then able to have their photo taken with Santa individually, which was charged extra afterwards. Mini wasn’t that fussed about a photo, she was more interested in passing on her present requests.
The whole experience lasted around 15 minutes and was definitely a take on the more traditional side of Christmas. The children all did seem to enjoy it, although, I cant help but feel that the Santa was a little bit odd and didn’t really seem to engage with the children that well. The children didn’t receive a gift either which I felt was a little disappointing.
From seeing Santa it was time to head to the Princess Tower. This is a lovely interactive show where children get the chance of saving a trapped Prince from a painting. The show is fun, the however it is virtually the same story, with a minimal winter twist, that we’d on an earlier visit. It would have been nice to see a different story, still fun though all the same.
After both of the shows we then had plenty of time to explore the Castle grounds, and climb the towers. Luckily it was a clear day and we had great views from the top. We even stopped by the falconry show for a short while to watch the display.
We had fun exploring the horrible histories maze before deciding it was time to head home and warm up after our wintery adventures at Warwick Castle.