Gwrych Castle: All you need to know about I’m A Celebrity 2020 filming location as ITV confirms ‘haunted’ ruin in North Wales

ABERGELE, WALES - AUGUST 14: A general view of Castell Gwyrch on August 14, 2020 in Abergele, Wales. Gwyrch Castle is rumoured to be the setting for this year's ITV reality TV show "I'm A Celebrity Get Me Out Of Here." Usually filmed in Queensland, Australia, this year's show will be held in the UK due to the Coronavirus Pandemic. Gwrych Castle is a near derelict Grade I listed country house that stands in 250 acres of gardens and grounds on the North Wales coast. (Photo by Christopher Furlong/Getty Images)

The show is usually filmed in the Australian jungle, but this year the location has been changed due to coronavirus.

It’s official… the new series of I’m A Celebrity…Get Me Out of Here! will be filmed at Gwrych Castle, Abergele, in North Wales, ITV has confirmed.

The show, usually filmed in the Australian bush, is switching things up amid coronavirus restrictions and moving this year’s production from New South Wales to simply Wales.

Here’s everything you need to know about the show and the new filming location.

What will the format of the show be like?

Ant and Dec will be back to present the show each night, but the 20th series of the show will be filmed in a ruined castle in the Welsh countryside for the first time ever.

This time around, the winner will be crowned King or Queen of the Castle, rather than of the jungle.

Normally viewers watch the contestants take part in all manner of challenges in the bushtucker trials, from eating creepy crawlies to getting into bathtubs full of them.

While it is not yet known what creatures or challenges this year’s celebs will face, ITV promises they will still be put to the test with “grueling trials and fun-filled challenges to win food and treats”.

Richard Cowles, director of entertainment at ITV Studios, has previously said contestants can “look forward to a basic diet of rice and beans”.

The change in temperature is also going to something to adapt to – rather than the Australian heat, celebrities are more likely to be facing wet, windy and cold conditions in Wales.

It has long been speculated that Gwrych Castle castle in Abergale would be the setting for this year’s series, and now we know the rumours are true.

Set in the Welsh countryside, the Grade-1 listed castle, complete with turrets, sits on a tree-lined hillside overlooking the Irish Sea.

The castle, which is full of history and intrigue, is set in 250 acres of gardens and grounds and promises to provide an atmospheric setting for this year’s show.

Gwrych Castle means “Hedge Castle” in Welsh, and it is said that the first hedge in Wales was planted there.

Some say that the castle, which dates back to 1810, is “haunted” – its walls are said to be haunted by the ghost of the Countess of Dundonald as apparently, there have been sightings of an angry woman dressed in white.

What is its history?

The castle was built by Lloyd Hesketh Bamford-Hesketh, heir of the Lloyds of Gwrych – and it took over four decades to build.

The castle then passed to the Earls of Dundonald by marriage to the Bamford Hesketh heiress, Winifred.

During the Second World War, the castle was used to house around 200 Jewish refugee children who had escaped from the Nazis, as part of Operation Kindertransport.

It was sold by the Dundonald family in 1946.

In its more recent history, the castle was used by boxer Randolph Turpin who set up his training camp within its grounds in 1951. He went on to win the World Middleweight title after beating Sugar Ray Robinson.

Eventually, the public was allowed to visit the castle and its various attractions, which ranged from classic car shows to its own private zoo.

News from: inews

Written by Nicky Wicky

What do you think?

12654 points
Upvote Downvote

Leave a Reply

Front of a New Look store

New Look asks landlords to move to turnover based rents

Ocado Vehicles with Percy Pigs on for M&S Online

M&S now offering food online via Ocado – and Percy Pigs lead the charge