Bodelwyddan Castle



I went to visit Bodelwyddan Castle recently as the work of Quentin Blake was being displayed there. I took my family along too, as not only does the castle have its own gallery but also caters for a good family day out with activities for all.

We had a lovely walk through forestry, the maze was fun and my son and niece loved the park the most!! (I think that was my boyfriend-mikes favorite part too!!)





The zip-lines are for ages 14 and under and for uses of one person at a time. It wasn’t until we had been on the lines that we read the sign so I strongly advise that these guidelines are taken seriously as injuries and faults will not be held responsible by Bodelwyddan castle.IMG_0990 IMG_0991 IMG_0987

There is a lot more to the castle, as you will see if you check out their website and one day wasn’t enough to cover everything but still, we had a fantastic time. Inside was even more interesting and fun, we enjoyed the children’s room, looking at historical paintings and spending time listening to the tour operators who gave us very interesting insight to the castle as it was in its day many many years ago.

The children’s room was very educational, my favorite part was the drawing apparatus, as you will see in the following photos.

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Saving the best until last, and my utmost favorite part of the day was seeing the work of Quentin Blake. For me, the most remarkable illustrator of all time, his work has always been there in my life from a small child and to this day I still find myself fascinated when I look at his illustrations.


I love the use of water color, and how Blake uses it to display his color within his vision, I also like the way he uses the center on the page not using the full canvas when he illustrates. His unique style grabs my attention, his scatty line work that isn’t perfectly formed is perfect to me.

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And there you have it, some of the amazing works of Quentin Blake. Over all we had a fantastic day at the castle and I look forward to keeping up to date with what they will have to offer in the future!!

Bodelwyddan castle can be found online on their website, facebook, twitter, and is just off the A55 at Bodelwyddan, north wales, UK.


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