WARWICK Castle reopened its grounds and gardens to more than 200 local emergency workers.
The attraction invited the likes of NHS staff and army personnel to enjoy a preview of its Christmas attractions, including an ice rink, light trail and winter market.
Operations director Liam Bartlett said: “While reopening following a national lockdown and entering the new tier system has been challenging, we wanted to make sure we marked this important new milestone in a special way by saying thank you to our brilliant local emergency workers, NHS staff and army personnel for all their hard work over the last year.
“Having them here at the castle to celebrate the beginning of the festive season and witness the lights being switched on was a fantastic way to open our outdoor Christmas attractions.”
The castle’s Christmas events will run until January 17.
Visit www.warwick-castle.com for more information.