Astley Castle Open Days

Nuneaton, Warwickshire

Saturday 6 and Sunday 7 June 2015 - 10am to 4pm

No booking required for the Sat and Sun Days but please see below for tickets for evening performances.

Queen Anne's Summerhouse is an early eighteenth-century brick-built folly

Astley Castle – open for the Writers in Warwickshire Festival, June 6th and 7th (with an evening performance on June 5th)

Join us at Astley Castle to celebrate Warwickshire writers both past and present.  The inaugural Writers in Warwickshire Festival will take place from Friday evening and through-out Saturday and Sunday.  Meet local writers, learn about our Warwickshire born, now national and international literary heroes, watch performances, artists in residence, and take part in discussions - all within this unique setting. For more details about the events please go to:

Friday 5 and Saturday 6 June at 7.00pm – Sudden Impulse Theatre Company – Twelfth Night. This is an outdoor event and will go ahead come rain or shine.  Tickets from

Saturday 6th June – Free events
10.30 – John Burton – Beginners guide to George Eliot
11.00 – Maggie Simmonds – Living, Loving and Writing in Warwickshire
11.25 – P.J Nash – From Australia to the Afterlife
12.00 – Educating Astley: the History of Astley School
12.45- Freda Chaney – Karma Road: Walking Through time with George Eliot
1.25 – Adam Craig – Launching a Novel and Getting Published
2.00 – Rosie Goodwin – Becoming a Mainstream Author
2.55 – Vanessa Oakes- ‘The Permitted Number’ monologue
3.25 – Sheila Woolf – Stoneleigh: A Warwickshire Village and Fiction

Sunday 7th June – Free events
10.30 Warwickshire Poets
11.20 Adam Craig - Launching a Novel and Getting Published
12.00 Beth Dyson Academy Players – Scene from The Mill on the Floss
12.20 P.J Nash - From Australia to the Afterlife
1.00 Beth Dyson Academy Players – MOTF
1.20 Sheila Woolf – Philip Larkin
2.00 Beth Dyson Academy Players – MOTF
2.20 Michelle Kelly – Writing a Bestseller
3.00 David Whitehouse – Q&A’s, reading and signing

4.00 Sarah Jane Downing – Fashion and the Influence of War and Gothic Writing. Tickets for this extended talk are from Astley Book Farm or on the door.

The ancient moated site of Astley Castle holds unequivocally modern living accommodation clasped within the shell of the Castle. Floor-to-ceiling windows in the huge living room and kitchen look out over Astley’s former collegiate church and into beautiful internal courts formed by ruined spaces.

Come and explore the new accommodation hidden within the ruined walls and the new knot garden and find out more about its history through our footpath trails

Free Admission and leaflets on the building's history. Click here for location

For further information please contact Booking Enquiries. The Booking Office is open Mon to Fri - 9am to 5.30pm and Sat - 9am to 1pm.