Sudeley Castle celebrates its earliest ever opening
By David Wood
Where: Sudeley Castle, Winchcombe
When: Daily until December 20
To celebrate its most exciting year yet, award-winning Sudeley Castle and Gardens, is offering visitors a whole month more of adventure, history and family fun.
The castle, which usually opens its doors in March, opened for the 2020 season last week, a month earlier than usual.
The popular attraction has a calendar packed full of events already planned right up until the festive season.
From murder mysteries, secret spy trails and circus school to chick hunts, garden fairs, fashion exhibitions and archaeological dig, Tudors and food, there's something for everyone to enjoy this year at Sudeley.
Not forgetting the anticipated return of the Spectacle of Light 2020 and ever-popular school holiday activities and summer Knight School.
Few castles have seen as much war, romance and royalty as Sudeley and many treasures from its 1,000-year-long history are available to explore in year-round exhibitions housed in the original 15th century west wing of the former royal residence.
Modern-day visitors can walk in the footsteps of some of history's most notable characters, including Richard III, Henry VIII and Katherine Parr, absorbing the history and beauty of the east wing rooms, which are still in use by Lady Ashcombe and her family today.
Kim Gibbon, head of visitor services, said: "We are so looking forward to welcoming new and returning visitors to Sudeley Castle and Gardens, and have carefully planned a programme of events that everyone, from families to history lovers, will enjoy.
"As always, we have been busy behind the scenes during the closure period, spring cleaning the castle and preparing our treasured gardens for the arrival of spring, which truly is a stunning time at Sudeley.
"Alongside the annual favourites, new events for 2020 include a Murder Mystery dinner, spring half term Circus School, the Festival of Tudor Life, a fashion exhibition and The Great British Food Festival."
For more information, to book and see the full 2020 calendar of events, visit the Sudeley Castle website.
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