Warwick Castle: A Magical Launch

The Challenge

To launch Merlin: The Dragon Tower at Warwick Castle. This was the first attraction in the world to be based on the BBC hit show and also signalled the start of a new online pricing and ticket sales structure, which was a major step change for the world-famous, historical attraction.


The Idea

We initiated a multi-layered campaign involving stunt activity, influencer marketing and video content to target thrill-seeking families and myth enthusiasts. At the heart of the campaign was a drive to recruit the world’s first ‘dragonologist’ via monster.com, mass issue of potent dragon’s breath, and well-timed celebrity appearances.


The Results

  • All told, the activity generated 167 pieces of coverage, including 16 national, 16 broadcast and 79 regional
  • We also secured earned social shares from the likes of Warwick Davis, The One Show, Gail Porter, Anthony Head and Newsround
  • Our launch video was hosted on 30 sites nationally and internationally, including Lonely Planet, National Geographic, Hello!, Daily Star and The Independent
  • By the end of our campaign, unique visitors to warwickcastle.com were up 79.22% and online ticket sales up 44% on the same period the previous year
  • Ticket sales for Merlin: The Dragon Tower were also 43% above target


The Awards

  • CIPR PRIDE Awards
    • Consumer Relations Campaign (silver)
  • Fresh Awards
    • Freshest Consumer Campaign (gold)