The Biggest Summer In History at Warwick Castle

Helen Annetts and Joe Statham don’t let the weather interfere with their day out.

On a drizzly August day, typical of this summer’s weather, we headed off to The Biggest Summer In History at Warwick Castle and have both agreed that you don’t need sunshine to have a top summer day out at a castle.

We were lucky enough to visit earlier in the year so we agreed in advance that other than climbing the towers and ramparts – which we LOVE – and visiting the Great Hall and State Rooms so we could re-share all the amazing facts we learnt first time around (urine in the 16th Century tapestries for example), we would make sure we took in the things we missed last time around.

And we are so glad we did. The War of the Roses at the River Island Arena was fantastic and joyously undercover so for a brief spell we were not damp. We of course headed the House of York encampment cheering the Yorkshire Roses and booing with much gusto at the House of Lancashire. It’s a great show, full of jousting, explosions and a whistle stop trip through history from the War of the Roses to the time of the Tudors. We would strongly recommend you don’t miss this show if you visit during the Summer.

Next up we headed to the Horrible Histories Get Lost in Time Maze and it was great. And whilst I confess we did little to sort out History we did visit each area from the Measly Middle Ages to the Vile Victorians if only to collect all the stamps on our passport and to follow the Horrible Histories rat.

After the Maze we headed over to the Woodland Theatre for Horrible Histories®- Wicked Warwick which was funny and musical and took us on a tour from Warwick Castle’s early days in 900 through to the Victorian era. There were as many jokes for the parents to enjoy as the children.

There’s so much to do at Warwick Castle – for all ages – and once again we only skirted round the Zog elements, age is against us now for classic Julia Donaldson, though we were happy to pretend we were under 10yrs to head in to the marvellous Zog Playland. I did however play an ace Mum card and pay extra for Joe and his friend to try out the archery, they had recently tried it out on School Residential so I was happy to pay the £6 each to see them show off their skills.

There is so much more to do than the things we managed to fit in, on a dryer day we would have definitely hung out in the gardens more – though we did spot a noisy Peacock up a tree – and we would strongly recommend watching the Legend of The Trebuchet which we saw earlier in the year and is great. There’s also the Princess Tower show, the Zog Show, the Falconry Show the list is endless so you need to make the most of the 10am – 5pm opening times.

The Biggest Summer In History daytime tickets are available from £34 per person. Under 3s go free. The Castle Dungeon tickets are an additional £8pp for those brave enough. Visit for more info.

We strongly recommend The Biggest Summer In History at Warwick Castle as a family summer day out – whatever the weather.