Sudeley Castle near Cheltenham is most famous for being the home of King Henry VIII’s sixth wife, Queen Katherine Parr, but this summer there are some new residents calling the historic castle home.
A whole host of life-sized wild animals made from flowers, plants and grasses are on display in Sudeley Castle’s gorgeous grounds on the Sudeley Sculpture Safari.
The Sudeley Sculpture Safari is part of the castle’s CoExistence campaign, which began with the Elephant Family in 2021 and encourages visitors to live in peaceful coexistence with the natural world.
10 members of the Elephant Family have returned to the castle this summer 2022, alongside pairs of some of the world’s most-beloved animals made from natural materials like grass, bark, moss and flowers by internationally renowned florist, All for Love London.
There are elephants adorned with flowers, peeking through the window of the ruined banqueting hall; hippos and rhinos grazing in the grounds; kangaroos hiding in the hedges; and crocodiles sunbathing next to the lake – with orangutans, camels, zebra and hedgehogs to spot, too.
As well as exploring the beautiful gardens on the hunt for the animals, with a castle-themed adventure playground; a pheasantry full of beautiful, real-life birds; fascinating exhibits telling the history of Sudeley Castle and its famous residents; and the chance to see Queen Katherine Parr’s final resting place in St Mary’s Church, there’s plenty more for families to discover on a day out to the popular Cotswold attraction, too.
The Sudeley Sculpture Safari is included in the price of general admission. Tickets must be pre-booked in advance at sudeleycastle.co.uk and cost £19.50 for adults, £8.75 for children aged three to 15-years-old, with children under three able to visit for free. Family tickets are also available for £48 for two adults and two children.
Sudeley Castle is open from 10am to 5pm each day until Sunday 30 October 2022.