Join our resident wizarding professors and take part in one of our famous Broomstick Training sessions, on the very spot where Harry had his first flying lesson in the film production of Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone.
 
With our eccentric professor’s expert guidance, you shall be taught the basics of mastering a broomstick. Practice your mount and dismount before learning to curve and manoeuvre across the lawns of Alnwick Castle, more affectionately known as Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, at great speeds!
 
When do lessons take place?
Lessons will start at 10:30am with the last lesson of the day starting at 3:30pm, weather permitting.  Lessons last approximately 25 minutes and take place at various times, please check our ‘What’s On’ boards on arrival for the timings on the day of your visit. 
 
Whilst we believe you're never too old to learn to fly, Broomstick Training tickets are prioritised for visitors aged 6 to 16 years. If you are above this age group and would like to take part, please speak to the staff member selling the tickets and they will be able to advise whether you can be accommodated. Don’t forget to bring your camera and capture evidence of you and your levitating broomstick to amaze your family and friends back home!
 
Alnwick Castle reserves the right to alter any part of its programme. Please call in advance for more information on your visit, or check our ‘What’s on’ board on arrival to check timings on the day.

How to take part

Sessions are free with your entry ticket, but require a free time-slot ticket, available from Artisans Courtyard. You will be provided with a timeslot ticket for your lesson, please keep this safe as you will need to show this to the Professor at the start of your lesson. 
 
Broomstick Training is extremely popular and tickets are given out on a first-come, first-served basis, with a maximum of 10 tickets per session being allocated. We are particularly limited during peak times of the year such as school holidays. We recommend collecting your tickets as soon as you arrive to try and avoid disappointment.
 
During peak times of our season tickets are reserved quickly. We will be prioritising tickets for visitors ages 6 to 16 years and ask that you only take tickets if you can attend the time-slot. If you are more than 10 minutes late for your session the professors will invite those without a ticket to take part.

What to expect during your lesson

The biggest thing you can expect, is to have lots of fun! Our expert wizarding Professors enjoy a good giggle and we find that you learn better when you are enjoying yourself too, so feel free to laugh along with them (or at them!).
 
Lessons will take place in the outdoor classroom set up on the Outer Bailey. Please only arrive for your lesson at the time stated on your tickets, and only those with a valid ticket will be able to enter the outdoor classroom.  If you are spectating a lesson, we ask that you keep a distance of 2 metres from the classroom barrier while a class is in session.   
 
The Professor leading the lesson will ask each participant to sanitise their hands at the station provided, before being guided to their broomstick for the lesson. For your safety and that of our staff, all broomsticks will be sanitised after each lesson and placed on the floor ready to be picked up by each pupil. 
 
Once you have completed the lesson, you will be able to take photos of your take-off to amaze your friends and family. How to do it is a closely guarded wizarding secret, but for all those who pass the training, our professors will reveal all... Once you have your pictures, make sure to share them with us on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram!

Safety first

In order to maintain social distancing during the lesson, we are limiting the class size for each lesson.  Broomsticks will be placed 2 metres apart at the start of the lesson, and we ask that all pupils remain 2 metres apart at all times.  Not doing so may result in the Professor having to ask you to leave the class for the safety of the other pupils. 
 
As Broomstick Training takes place outdoors, the activity is weather permitting. If our runway becomes too wet and slippery, for safety reasons lessons will not be able to take place.
 
Whilst our Professors may need to raise their voice in order to be heard clearly, they will not do this close to you or any other pupil in the lesson.  You are welcome to wear a face covering if you wish, though this is not compulsory.