Thursday, 20 October 2011

The Return of Castle by Candlelight

Castle by Candlelight with Santa’s Grotto
Friday 16th – Sunday 18th December 2011, 4.00-8.00pm

Start your Christmas celebrations this year by visiting Berkeley Castle, Gloucestershire for some candlelit magic. For one weekend only, one of the Cotswold’s best loved and most popular events is back.

Beautifully decorated for the festive season with greenery from the grounds, a 12ft Christmas Tree in the Great Hall and over 400 candles throughout the rooms all accompanied by live music from local choirs and musicians.

Children can meet Father Christmas in his special grotto, consistently described as "the best one ever seen". Previously featured in The Guardian and quoted as ‘an enchanting way to see Santa’, Berkeley Castle has undoubtedly one of the best Santa’s Grottos in the South West.

Mulled wine and mince pies will be available from the Castle Tea Room and the Castle Shop provides Berkeley Castle inspired Christmas gifts and toys.

You are also advised to bring a torch as from 5.00pm the Castle is lit predominantly by candles only.

Adults £7.50, Children (age 3-16) £2.50 and under 3’s FREE – tickets include children’s admission into Santa’s Grotto and a lucky dip gift)

For further information please contact:
Berkeley Castle, Berkeley, Gloucestershire, GL13 9BQ

Thursday, 13 October 2011


The Murder of King Edward II at Berkeley Castle

Visit Berkeley Castle during the October half-term (Tuesday 25th – Thursday 27th October 2011) and meet John Maltravers, one of the men in charge of King Edwards’s imprisonment at Berkeley Castle in 1327. Visitors will also be able to meet King Edward II himself.

Maltravers and the King will explain their reasons for and the nature of Edward’s imprisonment at Berkeley Castle. Both men will try and get visitors on their side – but will they help Edward escape?

With the help of re-enactors from Past Pleasures Limited, Berkeley Castle’s own ‘Horrible History’ will be re-told for children and adults alike to enjoy and participate. There will be three 30 minute performances throughout the day (12.30pm, 2.00pm and 3.30pm) and the characters will be available at other times to meet and greet. Visitors may even catch a glimpse of the King incarcerated in his cell.

Unbelievably there is no additional charge for this fantastic event – it is all included within the Castle admission price.

In addition to the re-enactments, visitors can also enjoy a choice of two quizzes as well as a Halloween Garden Trail – all of which win a prize and are also included within the admission price! A great day-out and excellent value for money for the whole family!

For more information:

Berkeley Castle
BERKELEY Gloucestershire GL13 9BQ
T: 01453 810332
F: 01453 512995




Berkeley Castle, Gloucestershire, GL13 9BQ


Tel: 01453 810303

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