Eastnor CastleEdit profile
It was constructed in 1810 at a cost of £85,000 or equivalent to approximately between £6 to £28 million in present day (2007). The estate was started in the late 16th century when the Cocks family purchased local land. Subsequent marriages into the Somers and Nash families helped provide the wealth and substance necessary to build this imposing castle which was designed to look like a medieval castle guarding the Welsh borders. The architect was Robert Smirke and Augustus Pugin designed the Gothic drawing room. In 1984, both the band Slade and the BBC made use of the castle. Slade used it to film their video for Run Runaway and the BBC to film the exterior shots of Abner Brown's theological college in their adaptation of The Box of Delights. The 1986 film adaptation of Oscar Wilde's The Canterville Ghost was shot here. The grounds are used by Land Rover to test their vehicles. The off road circuits at Eastnor Castle provide some of the most challenging all-terrain driving experiences in the UK. Each year in June Eastnor castle is host to the Landrover World Event. and offers visitors the chance to try off roading in the latest models of Range Rover, Freelander and the classic Defender.
- The deer park at Eastnor is the venue for The Big Chill music festival.
- Mountain Mayhem - mountain bike festival
- Eastnor Castle plays host to the Firework Champions competition - www.eastnorfireworks.co.uk