Harry Potter-inspired broomstick lessons resume at Alnwick Castle as tourist attraction reopens

Broomsticks at the ready! Harry Potter fans can enjoy broomstick lessons as Alnwick Castle once again as the attraction reopens following lockdown.

By Sophie Brownson
Wednesday, 19th August 2020, 4:45 pm

Alnwick Castle officially reopened to the public on Saturday, August 15, offering visitors tours of its State Rooms, along with popular activities such as archery and broomstick training.

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Under Covid-19 safety measures, all tours and activities will now be held in small groups and visitors must book a ticket for entry into the castle in advance via the Alnwick Castle website.

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But once on site, visitors can stay as long as they wish, leaving plenty of time to enjoy the grounds and all the various activities.

Here’s everything you need to know as broomstick training resumes:

When do lessons take place and who can take part?

Lessons will start at 10.30am each day with the last lesson of the day at 4pm.

Broomstick lessons have resumed at Alnwick Castle.

In order to maintain social distancing, classes are limited to a maximum of 20 pupils.

Lessons are open to all visitors aged six and up.

What safety measures are in place?

Participants will be asked to sanitise their hands, before being guided to their broomstick for the lesson.

Covid-19 measures are in place so that families can enjoy broomstick lessons safely at Alnwick Castle.

All broomsticks will be sanitised after each lesson and placed on the floor ready to be picked up by each pupil.

Spectators and participants must keep a distance of two metres from each other.

Participants may wear a face covering, though this is not compulsory.

For safety reasons, lessons can only take place if the take off zone is dry.

Alnwick Castle has reopened to the public following lockdown.

How much does it cost and how can you book?

Lessons are £12 per person and tickets can be bought via card payment only from the ticket tent positioned by the Lion Arch.

Visitors will need to have their admission booking confirmation to hand as they will be asked for their booking reference number when purchasing a broomstick lesson ticket for compliance with the NHS test and trace scheme.

Tickets will only be released an hour before each lesson is due to start

Participants will be provided with a time slot ticket for their lesson, which will need to be shown at the start.

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