Alnwick Castle

Knights Quest

Brief/Challenges

Following on from the success of the new attraction, The Lost Cellars that Paragon designed and build at Alnwick Castle last year, Alnwick Castle were looking to create a Medieval Knights Quest attraction for this year’s season. The site for the Knights Quest arena within the castle was the former Old Riding School, and the client wanted it to be transformed into a colourful, bustling medieval marketplace where visitors are invited to step back in time to meet travelling players, knights, ladies, squires and artisans who have gathered to celebrate the homecoming of Harry Hotspur, son of the 1st Earl of Northumberland and one of England’s most renowned medieval knights.

Commission

Paragon Creative was appointed to design and build all the elements within Knights Quest including the magnificent Great Hall, created from Polystyrene, cementation plaster and wire mesh. It is hand carved and painted to look and feel like stone and is the perfect place for storytelling, school workshops and photo opportunities.

Other elements included the arena and all the props and interactive elements that are located within it.

Comments/quotes

Catherine Neil, Visitor Experience and Interpretation Manager, led the project for Alnwick Castle Ventures and worked closely with the Paragon Team to ensure the historical accuracy and authenticity of the design. “I am absolutely thrilled with the work undertaken by the Paragon Team. They have created a unique space for visitors of all ages to enjoy.”

Our client: Alnwick Castle Ventures
Designed by: Paragon Creative Limited

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STAFF FOCUS: Tim DeCoste, Interactives Workshop Manager

Q: Name?
A: Tim DeCoste but they call me moose now there’s four Tims.

Q: What and where did you study?
A: Seaquam secondary school in my motherland of Canada. University didn’t seem challenging enough so I went to major in waterparks abroad.

Q: How long have you worked at Paragon Creative?
A: 3 years this month.

Q: What development / training have you undertaken since joining the team?
A: IOSH managing safely and the ever-important manual handling and fire warden training. And of course the sage mentoring of Jon Myers (Operations Director) and Chris Nuttall (Technical Director).

Q: Favourite Project to work on and why?
A: Dig It Dubai Springs. It was an achievable project that has resulted in a great success which is always a boost knowing the work our department put in to it, I’m sure others did OK as well. I also got to be involved in the installation, something I don’t often get to be a part of, luckily I still have my old work boots so I almost blended in seamlessly if not for my eloquent speaking and perfect hair.

Q: What do you like about working at Paragon?
A: Everyday poses a new challenge. It’s also close to home so that’s nice.

Q: Dream project to work on?
A: If we could do something ice hockey or maple syrup based I’d be very much in my comfort zone.

Q: What does your department do?
A: Builds big toys!
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Moose!!

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Go moose eh 🤙

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No dad !!! Don’t make me wear it !!

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Moose? You'll always be Diego to me

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