ITV Has Confirmed The UK Location For The New Series Of ‘I’m A Celebrity…Get Me Out Of Here!'
Earlier this month we shared the news that construction workers had been spotted at Gwrych Castle in North Wales, fuelling rumours that the 200-year-old building could be the location for this year's I'm A Celebrity...Get Me Out Of Here!.
Well ITV has just confirmed the news that this 'haunted' castle is indeed where stars will be setting up camp this autumn - not quite a bug-invested jungle, hey?
With views of the beautiful Welsh countryside, Gwrych Castle is nestled in a tree-lined hillside in Conwy overlooking the Irish Sea, spread across 250 acres of gardens and grounds. Sounds pretty lush, to be honest.
Now for a bit of history.
With 200 years of history under its belt, the immense structure was built on the site of a late medieval fortress near Abergele between 1812 and 1822 by Lloyd Hesketh Bamford-Hesketh as a memorial to his mother's ancestors, the Lloyds of Gwrych.
Spooky fact: legend has it that the ghost of Countess of Dundonald prowls the castle ruins, after reported sightings of an angry woman in white. We think we'd probably prefer to bunk down in a bed of spiders after all!
The castle was also the backdrop for boxer Randolph Turpin in 1951, as he set up his training camp before beating Sugar Ray Robinson to become world middleweight champion. Turpin also met his wife - the daughter of a local farmer - while training for the fight.
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If it wasn't for one 12-year-old school boy, this castle today would be in ruins, as back in 1997, Mark Baker launched a campaign to save the derelict folly, writing to Tony Blair and Prince Charles. He formed Gwrych Castle Preservation Trust to raise awareness of its history and the trust finally bought it in 2018.
Pretty impressive, right
Ant and Dec will host an adapted version of I'm A Celebrity... live every night on ITV from the castle this autumn, and we can expect the unlucky celebrities to undertake gruelling trials and gross challenges to win food and treats in the lead up to one of them being crowned, for the first time ever, King or Queen of the Castle.
Dr Mark Baker, Chair of the Gwrych Castle Preservation Trust, said "I'm absolutely delighted that I'm A Celebrity has chosen Gwrych Castle to be its UK location for the 2020 series.
Gwrych Castle is a beautiful grade I listed 19th county house and a must-see destination for tourists visiting Wales. I'm A Celebrity being here will really help support Gwrych Castle and its ongoing restoration as well as giving the region a much-needed economic boost."
While there might be fewer creepy-crawlies this time around, experts have suggested that the temperature will pose one of the biggest challenges for our celebs as the show will be filmed heading into winter, and we all know how wet and cold Wales can get.
Best bring a brolly to be safe. We can't wait for this one!
Featured Image Credit: ITV
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