Wednesday, 13 April 2011


Berkeley Castle helps promote
The Chronicles of Narnia: Voyage of the Dawn Treader

In addition to our Easter activities which are detailed below, Berkeley Castle has been selected to help promote the DVD release of The Chronicles of Narnia: Voyage of the Dawn Treader which is out now on Blu-ray Triple Play from Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment.

Visitors to the Castle over the Easter Weekend can win copies of the DVD in our Easter activities, as we have 50 copies hot off the press from Twentieth Century Fox. Other Narnia goodies are being shipped to the Castle as we speak and will be available over the Easter weekend.

raises money for  
Sue Ryder Hospice this Easter

Looking for inspiration on where to take the kids during the Easter holidays – look no further than Berkeley Castle.

Throughout the Easter holidays, the Castle is running lots for families to do. There are prizes for completing the Easter Egg Garden Hunt, the Easter Bunny Trail through the Castle. In addition there is a numbers quiz and an A-Z quiz. These are all included within the admission ticket, so no extra to pay!

During the Easter weekend, in addition to the above trails and quizzes, the Castle is also hosting some fund-raising activities for Gloucestershire’s Sue Ryder Hospice. These include a tombola, second-hand book stall, home-made cake stall, guess the weight of the cake, guess the name of the Easter Bunny, as well as garden games and Easter arts & crafts.

In addition to all of this the Butterfly House opens on Good Friday. The Butterfly House is located within the Walled Garden at Berkeley Castle, and contains up to 25 different species of tropical butterflies which will reproduce throughout the Summer, to maintain and grow the numbers.

Visitors can learn about the life cycle of these beautiful creatures, staff are on hand to answer questions and to explain about the balance of nature created in this Butterfly paradise on the Berkeley Estate.

For more information about the Castle, contact the Castle office on 01453 810332, e-mail or visit


Leckhampton Court
Sue Ryder - Leckhampton Court Hospice supports people with cancer and other potentially life limiting conditions across Gloucestershire. Their aim is to meet the needs of the whole person, their family and carers, with the support and expertise of a multi-professional specialist palliative care team. Patients are referred for the following reasons:
  • Unresolved symptoms, physical, psychological, social or spiritual issues that cannot be managed adequately in other settings requiring specialist intervention from a multidisciplinary team.
  • Complex palliative care needs which require reassessment and rehabilitation
  • Complex needs, where the patient requires End of Life Care.

Working in partnership with the primary health care team to support patients to be cared for in their own homes and offer a range of specialist palliative care services.

The Hospice at Home Service is a flexible and responsive service aiming to compliment existing health and social care services and support patients to remain in their own homes for as long as possible

For more information:
Tel:                  01242 230199

About Berkeley Castle:

Berkeley Castle is a beautiful and historic Castle, begun in 1117 and still remains the home of the Berkeley family. The Castle was the scene of the brutal murder of Edward II in 1327 and besieged by Cromwell’s troops in 1645. The Castle is steeped in history but 27 generations of Berkeley’s have gradually transformed a Norman fortress into the lovely home it is today.
The state apartments contain magnificent collections of furniture, rare paintings by primarily English and Dutch masters, and tapestries. Some of the world famous Berkeley silver is on display and many other rooms including the Great Hall are available to view.
The Castle is surrounded by lovely terraced Elizabethan Gardens with a lily pond, Elizabeth I’s bowling green, sweeping lawns and a walled garden containing the Tropical Butterfly House (open Easter – September).

The Castle is licensed to hold Civil Wedding Ceremonies and Civil Partnerships, as well as evening receptions and functions.

The Castle is open to visitors on selected days from Sunday 3rd April to Sunday 30th October 2011.

For general information contact the Castle Office on 01453 810332, or e-mail Browse the website

For more information:

Vicky Parr
General Manager, Berkeley Castle
BERKELEY Gloucestershire GL13 9BQ
T: 01453 810332
D: 01453 512999
F: 01453 512995

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