Carols 2023

Thank you for your support!

We trust that you all enjoyed the evening – please see below some photos from the event.

What better way to begin your Christmas celebrations than singing Carols at Kenilworth Castle? Forget the frantic last-minute shopping and start the festive season in the traditional manner.

Our ancient castle ruins will be filled with the sights and sounds of Kenilworth Lions’ annual Carols at the Castle event on Saturday 16th December.

The Coventry Salvation Army band will be joined by the children of St. Augustine’s School and Kenilworth School to provide the musical lead. Mulled wine and hot chocolate will be available, as usual, to keep the cold at bay. Don’t forget to bring a lantern. You can also keep warm by wrapping up well, and singing the carols with gusto.

The castle will open at 5.15pm, with the carol singing starting at 6.00. Admission is £5 for adults and free for children.

Carols at the Castle 2023 – Questions and Answers

Q What can we do before setting out?

  • Charge up your mobile phone!
  • Download the carols lyrics from Lions website and save to phone or iPad (Click here)
  • Put on your warmest clothes – hats, coats, gloves, thermals?
  • The ground is uneven, so wear “sensible” shoes or boots, not stilettos
  • Bring the right money, or pay by card / phone

How do we get there?

  • Please walk to the Castle if you can
  • Walk briskly to keep warm
  • Carry a torch if you have one
  • No parking is available at Castle Green other than for disabled guests
  • Brays Car Park is open but unlit

Where are the gates?

  • Two gates are open from 5:15pm
    • Mortimer’s Gate is accessed via the Tiltyard / Brays car park
    • North Gate from Castle Green (supervised road crossing)
    • Take a carols lyrics sheet if needed (and return afterwards)

How much is it?

  • Adult entry is £5; children under 16 are free
  • Bring the right money, or pay by card / phone

What happens at the Carols?

  • Buy hot drinks and a mince pie for all the family
  • Download the lyrics and save to phone if not already done
  • Carol singing starts at 6pm and should finish around 7pm
  • Enjoy yourselves – Sing loudly and clap vigorously!

What else can you tell me?

  • There is very limited seating, reserved for those who need it.
  • Smoking or vaping during the event is not permitted

What happens after the event?

  • Both gates are open for exiting the castle
    • Mortimer’s Gate for the Tiltyard
    • North Gate to Castle Green (supervised road crossing)
  • Please return your carols lyrics sheet at the gate
  • Ensure that you have all your belongings (including children) with you
  • Give positive feedback on Facebook, to friends etc.
  • Constructive criticism via website Contact Us page please
  • Leave the Lions volunteers to clear everything up!


  • It is cold and dark and outside
  • Be prepared to enjoy the event!

Kenilworth Lions Club would like to thank English Heritage for their support of Carols at the Castle 2023

Sing along!