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Eastnor Castle

Eastnor Castle

Eastnor Castle, in the dramatic setting of the Malvern Hills and surrounded by a beautiful deer park, arboretum and lake - is the home of the Hervey-Bathurst family.

Besides being a fascinating visitor attraction, the Castle fulfils other roles as an exclusive-use corporate and team building venue, as well as a venue for product launches and location filming.

Eastnor Castle - State Dining RoomThe State Dining Room can accommodate 22 around the central dining table.

Business or private parties can stay in the castle’s beautiful bedrooms and there is a highly professional team is on hand to organise every aspect of your visit.

There are eleven bedrooms, ten doubles and one single. The twelve guest bedrooms - eleven doubles and one large single, four with four-poster beds - have been individually designed with great.

Multi-activities at Eastnor

Clay pigeon shooting

Eastnor has a number of sites to choose from, the grounds surrounding the Castle and the Terraces overlooking the lake are particularly spectacular.

The choice of guns combined with low recoil cartridges ensure every consideration has been made for guests’ comfort. Experienced coaches guarantee that the day is both exciting and rewarding with maximum safety at all times.

GNAT shooting

Clay Shooting with a twist! Shooting specially designed radio-controlled model aircraft targets with conventional shotguns. Safety cages, guns, cartridges, hearing protection etc. all provided, plus pilot and technician with plenty of GNAT targets and a minimum of two professional shooting instructors.

Archery & crossbow

Archery is ideal to complement the more energetic activities. It is challenging and competitive and with suitable bows, anyone can participate. Individual coaching ensures that all your guests enjoy themselves safely. Usually held on the Lower Terrace, next to the lake, with the Castle as a backdrop, the setting is superb.

Horse & carriage driving

Learn to drive your own horse and carriage around a challenging course in the beautiful Castle Grounds. Carriage driving is a very popular and unusual off road driving activity and our experts will ensure that your guests find this activity highly enjoyable and rewarding.

Falconry

Experts will demonstrate with a wide variety of species including Owls, Hawks and Falcons. This activity is much more than just a display; it is an opportunity for each guest to fly a Harris Hawk for themselves.

They will be able to experience the excitement of sending a hawk up into the trees and then calling it back to the gloved hand.

Land Rovers at Eastnor

Land Rover at EastnorExperience the true spirit of adventure in its purest form.

5000 acres, 30 miles of carefully managed trails in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

Eastnor provides a unique adventure that encourages drivers to push both the vehicle and themselves to the limit. It's an opportunity to tackle everything from our training slopes to the most demanding obstacles.

Featuring steep slippery inclines, articulation tracks, ruts, open ground and deep water. With spectacular wildlife and stunning views to as far as the Black Mountains thrown in for good measure. From Buzzards and Red Kites to Muntjac deer, wide open spaces and dark places. All surrounded by the stunning Malvern Hills.

Eastnor is Land Rover’s global centre of excellence for 4x4 driver training. Courses are used to improve the skills of police forces, the military, highways agency patrols, search and rescue organisations and many others.

Land Rover in SolihullThere are up to 50 showroom standard or expedition fitted vehicles available from the full Land Rover product range ­all vehicles are the latest high-specification models.

The expedition cars are kitted up with raised air intakes and full under body protection for those who are aiming for something more adventurous.

All are fitted with Warn winches, using the latest synthetic cables rather than steel.

Land Rover at Solihull

Enjoy an exclusive tour of the home of Land Rover at their Solihull factory, just outside Birmingham, and observe the vehicle you’ve driven in the morning built from the ground up.

Warwick Castle

Dining - private dungeons after dark

Warwick Castle DungeonDo you dare enter The Castle Dungeon after dark? Prepare to experience the darkest, bloodiest and most frightening times in Warwick Castle’s history.

The Dungeons After Dark includes a trip through the Castle’s Dungeon, live entertainment and dinner with unlimited wine and beer to steady the nerves.

The evening includes:

The evening commences at 7.30 p.m. and concludes at 11.00 p.m. Dress is smart casual.

Knights School at Warwick Castle

Warwick Castle - Knights SchoolActivity morning

Forget the mundane 9 to 5 routine as you gather your troops and show everyone you really mean business!

For one memorable day swap your pen for a sword and enjoy a day of team building with a difference at Warwick Castle.

The venue

Warwick Castle is a medieval castle in Warwick, the county town of Warwickshire, England. It sits on a cliff overlooking a bend in the River Avon.

Warwick Castle was built by William the Conqueror in 1068 and was used as a fort until the early 17th century, when it was converted it to a country house.

The activity

This activity, which is exclusive to the castle, enables you to find out for yourself how Medieval Knights would have trained for grueling battles.

You will spend time in the castle’s beautiful grounds under the supervision of fully trained medieval martial arts experts and equip yourself with all the skills required to be a part of a medieval army.

Warwick Castle Knights TowerTake part in both armed and unarmed combat and learn a range of essential moves including sword guards, parries and blocks.

You will first be introduced to the history behind medieval fighting by firstly learning the principles and techniques of unarmed combat prior to armed activities.

The package includes:

Stratford-on-Avon

Shakespeare's Stratford

Stratford-upon-Avon is the town where William Shakespeare was born and is buried. Every year, millions of people celebrate his life and work by visiting the town.

Situated in the heart of England, on the banks of the river Avon, Stratford attracts visitors from all over the world and there are many other attractions in the town which can enhance your theatre visit.

Shakespeare's birthplace

William Shakespeare - Stratford-on-Avon William Shakespeare was born at the Shakespeare family home in Henley Street, Stratford-upon-Avon in 1564.

The half-timbered Tudor building with its traditional frontage served as the family home for Shakespeare and his brothers and sisters, and workshops for William's father, John Shakespeare, a glove maker, tanner and wool dealer.

The house was originally bought by John Shakespeare, in two stages; the first in 1556 and the second in 1575. When he died, the property was left to William, his eldest son.

In 1847, Shakespeare's Birthplace was bought by a body of trustees and is now managed by the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust. The property is now open to visitors all year round.

Nash's House & New Place

Thomas Nash, a property owner who married William Shakespeare's grand-daughter, Elizabeth Hall owned Nash's House. Nash's House is adjacent to New Place, Shakespeare's home in Stratford towards the end of his life. Although not much of the original New Place building is left today, the house's extensive grounds are now open to the public.

Nash's House itself now houses a collection of 17th century tapestries and furniture as well as an exhibition on the history of the town, including artefacts from actor David Garrick's first Shakespeare festival in 1769.

Mary Arden's House

Until recently, Mary Arden's house was the name given to a farmhouse in Wilmcote, on the outskirts of modern Stratford-upon-Avon. Believed to have been owned by Robert Arden, it could have been the family home of his daughter Mary, William Shakespeare's mother, until she married.

Of late, the real family home of the Ardens has been uncovered as the neighbouring Glebe Farm and the name Mary Arden's House transferred to it; and the farmhouse in Wilmcote renamed 'Palmer's Farm' after Adam Palmer, its owner circa 1570s.

Both Palmer's Farm and Mary Arden's House are owned by the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust, and demonstrate life on a Tudor working farm to visitors. The farm is home to rare-breeds like Cotswold Sheep, Longhorn Cattle and Gloucester Old Spot pigs. Both properties are open all year around.

Anne Hathaway's cottage

Before her marriage to William Shakespeare, Anne Hathaway lived in Shottery, a village about a mile away from Stratford. Wooed at the family home by Shakespeare, Anne lived here until she married in 1582. 

The beautiful thatched farmhouse was lived in by the Hathaway family and its descendants until the late 19th century and is now owned by the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust.

The cottage and gardens are now open to the public all year around.

Holy Trinity Church

Situated on the banks of the River Avon, a couple of minutes walk from the Royal Shakespeare Company is Holy Trinity Church where Shakespeare was baptised and is buried.

His wife, Ann Hathaway, daughter Susanna and son-in-law Dr John Hall, and Thomas Nash (first husband of Shakespeare's grand-daughter Elizabeth) are buried in the chancel alongside him.

The Baraset Barn - Stratford-On-Avon

The Baraset BarnThe Baraset Barn is one of those British country gastro pubs you won't forget. Converted from an old barn, the new interior retains some historic features, alongside sumptuous new designs.

With an impressive selection of fine beers and wines and a menu that would make many top city restaurateurs envious, we think we've put our finger on what makes the perfect outing, at any time of day. 

The Baraset Barn is a unique venue in its own right. A light, modern pub, influenced by continental style, while retaining a traditional air in its atmosphere and warm welcome.

There is a continental style patio garden, an ideal spot for sipping summer drinks, and a luxurious lounge area where sumptuous sofas offer comfort for those enjoying morning coffee or a quiet drink. 

The chef takes great pride in his work, using only the finest ingredients. Fresh herbs are imported from France and the best meat and vegetables ensure top quality fare at all times.

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