I’M A Celebrity has confirmed its new camp will be the “haunted” ruins of Gwrych Castle in Wales.
After The Sun exclusively revealed stars are swapping the Australian jungle for a 200-year-old eerie castle in Abergele, ITV have officially announced the location for its 20th series.
And for the first time ever, one of the 2020 celebrities will be crowned King or Queen of the castle.
Despite the enforced changes in coronavirus times, Ant McPartlin and Declan Donnelly return to host the family-favourite TV show.
They’ll be live every night from the castle this autumn to front the adapted version of the show – and they’re promising “gruelling trials”.
They’re set to have a medieval theme, including jousting, dungeons and even fake gallows. The freezing waters of the nearby Irish Sea could also be used.
Richard Cowles, director of entertainment at ITV Studios said: “The Australian jungle is such an integral part of the show it was a big challenge to find a UK location where we could continue to deliver what viewers love about I’m A Celebrity…Get Me Out of Here!
“But Gwrych will definitely do that; the Castle sits in an amazing and
atmospheric setting on a hillside overlooking the Irish Sea.
“While there will be plenty of changes required as we move from New South Wales in Australia to North Wales in the UK, we are really excited to see how we can adapt the format and make the Castle our new home for a very special 20th series of I’m a Celebrity…Get Me Out of Here! this Autumn.”
With views of the beautiful Welsh countryside, Gwrych Castle is nestled in a tree lined hillside with 250 acres of gardens and grounds.
But stars could be facing something worse than creepy crawlies this year – because Gwrych Castle is haunted.
Producers plan to get in the spirit of things by incorporating the theme in trials — and are even hoping to capture strange happenings on night-vision cameras.
The eerie ruins are said to be prowled by the spectre of previous owner, the Countess of Dundonald.
The floating woman in white is said to be angry that her husband stripped the castle of valuables.
A chilling photo taken there ten years ago shows a pale, shadowy young woman on the first floor — in what used to be a magnificent banquet hall.
However, the floorboards beneath the window had rotted away, making it impossible to stand there.
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.”
The show, won last year by Jacqueline Jossa, will lose its Australian themes, including the Dingo Dollar challenge.
Cash saved on filming Down Under could be used to help lure bigger celebs.
So far, Christine Quinn, Vernon Kay, AJ Pritchard and Kieran Hayler are rumoured to have signed up.
Lord Elis-Thomas, the Welsh Government Deputy Minister for Culture, Sport and Tourism added: “We’re extremely pleased to welcome such a large production to Wales, offering a chance to showcase a spectacular part of our country to significant audiences across the UK.
“We’re looking forward to working with the team on this production and hope to use this opportunity to show some of what North Wales has
Andrew White, Director Wales, National Lottery Heritage Fund said: “We have been delighted to support Gwrych Castle and it is great to hear it will be having its moment in the limelight.
“The series will be a wonderful opportunity to showcase the beauty of
north Wales as well as show how a historic building can engage a modern audience in innovative ways.
“We hope it will help to boost support for the castle in the long