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BELVOIR CASTLE ANNOUNCES PLANS TO BECOME EVEN MORE FAMILY FRIENDLY

BELVOIR CASTLE ANNOUNCES PLANS TO BECOME EVEN MORE FAMILY FRIENDLY

Following the successful launch of Belvoir Castle’s new adventure playground, which opened in time for the Halloween half term break, CEO Emma Stenning has revealed plans for a new family friendly calendar of events at the 18th century historic house.

The castle’s bespoke and sustainably built playground, which is nestled amongst the trees at the base of the castle, close to the hospitality kiosk and car park – is the first in significant plans by the Duke and Duchess of Rutland, to ensure the castle appeals to both families and the local community. During its first two weeks, the attraction welcomed over 10,000 visitors, a significant increase on the same time last year.

“It’s an exciting period for Belvoir Castle as we embark on some new and very exciting plans to appeal to families and also provide the local community with an attractive and interesting place to visit, hopefully with something to appeal to every generation,” said CEO Emma Stenning.

“Belvoir Castle has always been known for its gardens and historic tours of its interiors which house many artefacts and antiques, paintings and curiosities. When our retail village The Engine Yard opened in 2018, it gave our visitors another reason to stay a little bit longer and enjoy everything there is to offer, as well as introducing a vibrant café culture.

“Now we want to make sure that we have a full programme of events to appeal to families - and the stunning adventure playground is the first in our long-term commitment to make Belvoir Castle a place you will want to visit over again with the whole family.”

The £350k adventure playground was the brainchild of the Duke and Duchess’s second daughter, Lady Alice Manners, who commissioned specialist design company Creating Adventurous Places, to build an attraction which not only reflects the history of the castle and the people who have lived there, but also to create a beautiful place for families to go and have fun together.

Lady Alice said,

“I just loved the process of creating this adventure area for local children. From my father's beloved 1908 Renault, to the replica of the HMS Resolution captained by Lord Robert in the 18th Century, children are diving into the Castle’s history in the heart of the nature we were lucky to play in as children.

“For me, it was very important to build a playground which fits seamlessly into the castle grounds and looks like it’s always been there.”

The adventure playground opened to much fanfare, with a competition held with local primary schools, offering the chance to win an exclusive ‘play’ in the new area the day before its official opening.

Two further attractions aimed at families are planned at Belvoir Castle – and include its Christmas spectacular with the magical world of Cinderella coming to life in the heart of the Castle. The on-site restaurant, The Fuel Tank, will be introducing a new children’s menu in addition to its popular all-day menu and delicious cakes.

To round-off the winter festivities, Belvoir Castle will be home to the Spectacle of Light between 27th January to 19th February. A magical after-dark experience of light and sound, families will be immersed in colour on the illuminated trail through the Belvoir Castle woodland.

This winter season is marking the beginning of a new chapter for Belvoir Castle. Tickets for all winter events are available on the Belvoir Castle website now, with group rates available on booking.


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