Spring Awakening

26 February 2021

Spring is definitely showing its pretty face at Eastnor Castle today and, as we lift our puzzled heads from the depths of reading about new dates and regulations, we’re delighted to let you know about our plans for spring!

First and foremost, we’d like to take this opportunity to thank you, our customers, for your support throughout the toughest of years. This time last year we were busy planning our 2020 visitor opening season, completely unaware of what lay ahead.

Coronavirus hit in March 2020 and, without warning, we had to adapt to new ways of working, implement new systems, tear up the leaflets and, quite frankly, wing our way through the rest of the year. But you, our customers, were with us every step of the way with smiling faces, understanding and resolve. For this, we are truly grateful.

We’re confident this year will be calmer, more ‘normal’ and a lot happier for everyone. Here’s what we’ve got planned…

Easter at Eastnor Castle

After seeking clarification that the grounds of heritage sites can open, we’re happy to confirm we’ll be opening our grounds for Easter from Friday 2nd April until Thursday 8th April. Sadly, it won’t be on the same scale as our usual Easter Treasure Hunt… tickets will be very limited and our usual treasure hunt will be replaced with a smaller event where visitors can enjoy a good walk, appreciate the arrival of spring and look out for some signs of Easter hidden around the grounds with a simple trail. In keeping with tradition though, we will of course be offering a chocolate treat to all children!

Sadly, the castle will remain closed for Easter but we’re taking the opportunity to carry out some much-needed repairs inside whilst the doors have to stay closed.

Tickets will be on sale for Easter soon along with further information; please keep an eye on our social channels for news and be sure to book your tickets as soon as possible as we’re anticipating we’ll sell out due to such a limited capacity.

Eastnor ChilliFest

With a heavy heart, we can confirm that Eastnor ChilliFest will not be taking place this year. Rest assured it will be back next year though, bigger and better than ever! We will be open over the early May Bank Holiday weekend, keep an eye out for details coming soon!

Steam & Vintage

We’ll be opening again at the end of May for the Whitsun Bank Holiday and for a few days of half term. We usually hold our Steam & Vintage event this weekend and hope to do the same this year. There may be aspects of the event we’re unable to manage due to Covid regulations but we’ll update you on this soon!

Outdoor Theatre

We’re delighted to confirm our 2 outdoor theatre performances which we had to cancel last year can go ahead this year. ‘Mr Stink’ by David Walliams and Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night’s Dream’ will both be performed on our lower terrace in the summer. Details will follow soon!

Deer Park Campsite

As a campsite with no shared facilities, we can thankfully open the Deer Park Campsite on Monday 12th April. It will be open in the first instance until Sunday 6th June and the online booking system for this will open next Friday.

Other updates will follow in the coming weeks as we pull the pieces of this year’s jigsaw together. One other piece of good news we do have though is that we won’t be increasing our prices this year, we also pledge to continue to be a great-value day out for all the family – including the dog!

We look forward to welcoming you soon!