Family-friendly weekend: Warwick Castle offers a right royal time

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castleWarwick Castle is a towering presence on the Avon (Image: NC)

We are at The Falconer's Quest, the UK's biggest birds of prey show on the banks of the River Avon in the grounds of Warwick Castle. In a dynamic display of aerial acrobatics featuring an eagle owl, a bald eagle, dozens of red kites and an Andean condor with a wingspan of 9ft we follow the story of Hobby, a falconer who searches the land to find the finest birds to soar across the skies of this truly magical setting. A brand new attraction for the summer, it is one of the highlights of our weekend trip to the medieval castle developed from a wooden fort, originally built by William the Conqueror in 1068.

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With lots of individual attractions, shows and experiences to enjoy in and around its towers and ramparts, we decided to make the most of the summer sunshine and spend the whole weekend there.

A royal sleepover at the Knight'sVillage is the ideal way to ignite a passion for the past in your little prince or princess, as we soon discovered.

Designed to bring history to life in a fun way that appeals to kids, the castle's medieval-themed lodges mix modern convenience - separate bedrooms, wetroom, TV and outdoor decking - with the magic of a bygone age.

Arrows and shields adorn the walls, as well as a Bayeux Tapestry-style wall hanging featuring a knight using a mobile phone.

Alternatively, go for a regal glamping tent, complete with polished wooden flooring and four-poster bed along the King's Avenue.

Arranged within a woodland grove in Capability Brown's beautifully landscaped gardens on a bend in the river, the setting for both accommodation options is verging on fairy tale. It's also the ideal environment to try the exclusive activities for those staying in the

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