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New Zog trail: the kids’ verdict

We went to road test Warwick Castle's new Zog and the Quest for the Golden Star trail. This is what the kids thought!

A Zog mini-activity trail for littlies on the River Island

We were as excited as the kids that the new Zog and the Quest for the Golden Star Trail has landed at Warwick Castle. Why? Because it’ll give them at least a couple of hours of good times in the fresh air and give us a coffee (that someone else has made) while enjoying views of the 64-acres of gorgeous parkland including the Peacock Garden, complete with resplendent feathered residents.

This well-designed, 3D interactive magical trail opened just before Easter half-term on April 12. Based on the best-selling books by author Julia Donaldson and illustrator Axel Scheffler, it features five fun lessons from Madame Dragon’s school to enthral children as they test out the Roar-o-meter to find out if they’re loud enough for a dragon, capture a princess and soar high without their feet ever leaving the ground.

When I said the grown-ups were just as excited I wasn’t joking!
See if you can make the dragon’s roar by jumping on the Roar-o-meter

Zog was published in 2010, and by 2015 had sold over one million copies with publication in 19 languages. In 2016, the companion picture book Zog and the Flying Doctors was published to great acclaim. Multi-Oscar-nominated and BAFTA award-winning production company Magic Light Pictures adapted both books into successful animated films that are as loved by children as the books.

Working in close collaboration with Magic Light Pictures, Warwick Castle’s trail enables children to step into Zog’s world and live the story for themselves. Aimed at kids of all ages, it’s set across the castle grounds so you get to explore all the sights including the Horrible Histories’ Maze, the River island and Trebuchet with stunning views of the castle’s south front and the Mount.

The Mount
The Horrible Histories’ Maze

Inside the Inner Courtyard tables are set up for Digbeth Dining Club’s Open Arms open-air street food and music event in the evening – described as ‘the most scenic beer garden in Britain. In the daytime you can sit here surrounded by towers and ramparts and enjoy coffees and snacks from a couple of food trucks.

You can book tickets in advance for The Open Arms to extend your visit after exploring the castle here. Warwick Castle is open daily from 10am – 4pm, and the Open Arms takes bookings from 5pm (6pm on Thurs) until May 31, with the potential for more dates to be added.

Back to the important stuff… How do we know it’s so ‘roar-some’? We road-tested it for you. Here’s what our Muddy testers thought after a good deal of running…

Hugo, 8,

It was really fun going around the castle doing the Zog trail – it was the first time I’d ever been. We travelled quite far and went with our friends. I liked it because I’ve read the Zog books and there was a lot to see and do. You can do a knight’s school and we met Zog as well at the end of our quest too. Afterwards we had a go at archery and I lost all my five goes. We also spotted peacocks.

Naomi, 12

I love coming here – and have happy memories from other visits! I think the new trail is very exciting for children as you get to go around the whole castle searching for Zog stamps – and get to see all the history. We went with some friends from the Peak District, so it was good to be able to show them around. You can climb up the Mount and get good views, sit in the courtyard and go across to the River Island where there’s an extra Zog activity trail for little children. We liked the archery as well – I missed all my shots but on the last go got a bull’s eye!

OPENING TIMES & HOW TO BOOK TICKETS:

  • Open 10am to 4pm
  • Child tickets from £8 and Adults from £12, when booked in advance.
  • Special Parent & Toddler ticket (toddler – children up to 5 yrs) £12 – when booked in advance.
  • Available on Mon-Thurs between April 19 – May 13.
  • Single household stays at the Knight’s Village Woodland lodges, set in n a secluded woodland grove, with postcard- perfect views alongside the River Avon have also returned. Each lodge sleeps 5-7.
  • Glamping tents are set to return from April 30
  • And just in time for the May Bank holiday on May 1 the Falconer’s Quest, the UK’s largest birds of prey show is back.
One of the woodland lodges in the Knight’s Village, now open

Warwick Castle, Warwick, Warwickshire, CV34 6AH. Tel: 01926 406610 T

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