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One of England’s forgotten myths is being given new life with Dragon Slayer, bringing electrifying stunts, explosive pyrotechnics and a dazzling light show to Warwick Castle
Bedtime storytelling is being taken to a whole new level this August. Recounting the forgotten myth of Guy of Warwick, Dragon Slayer resurrects this heroic personality, as his tragic tale unfolds under the stars. This evening spectacle features chivalrous characters, boo-worthy baddies and (of course) a 40-metre high dragon; the first event of its kind at Warwick Castle. Available on a handful of dates only, discover the extravaganza with your choice of package – Bronze, Silver or Gold – and watch the kids gape in awe at the explosive drama.
Roam across the famous grounds of Warwick Castle, following the legend as Guy attempts to win the heart of the eligible Princess Felice. Begin the story at the sandy riverside arena where brave knights battle it out for her love. Fire jousting and pyrotechnics light up the night sky, whilst the clang of colliding metal swords rings throughout the air.
Charged by the atmosphere, you’ll then wander over to the castle courtyard, where the jaw-dropping finale begins. A panoramic projection light show dances across the castle walls in an immersive retelling of Guy’s final showdown, against an animated, fire-breathing dragon. It’s a historic tale guaranteed to thrill the whole family.
You and your hungry mini-knights will be well catered for when revelling in the action. With selected packages providing a succulent hog roast burger, loaded with an aromatic stuffing and topped with a sweet apple sauce, you can fill up before the journey begins. Gold package holders will sit down to a full three course Royal Banquet in the medieval-themed Great Hall, tasting food that Guy himself – legend has it – brought back from his 10th century European escapades. Savour the ‘dragon-scorched’ ham hock, smothered in an ale, ginger and honey marinade, or a hearty vegetarian wellington served with roasted rosemary potatoes and glazed parsley carrots. This culinary quest is a fusion of flavour and history, adding an extra dimension to your medieval experience.
If you want to get a real taste of Warwick’s knight life, book a stay in one of their themed lodges or glamping tents. Nestled in a lush forest bordered by a river, lazy and peppered with water lilies, lodges are well equipped – featuring a porch, two bedrooms and a bathroom, there’s room for up to five gallant guests. For a luxurious camping adventure, tents come complete with beds fit not just for kings, but for their families, too. Whatever you choose, little ones will love the medieval themed details that decorate the whole of the village.
Only a few dates remain for this epic fable, so snap up the tickets before they’re gone. Whether you want to snooze in the castle grounds or just see the show, this unique evening of thrills and entertainment is bound to create magical family memories.
There are shows running on the 10th, 11th, 24th, 25th, 26th and 27th August.
Gates open at either 6pm, 6.30pm or 7pm, and the play begins at sundown.
Parking at Warwick Castle is included with your tickets. For satnav directions, use the postcode CV34 6AH for standard parking.
The closest station is Warwick, directly accessible from London Marylebone or Birmingham Snow Hill.