Included as part of the package, EFTMS Workshop conference dinner will be hosted at Warwick Castle on April 4th. The evening will begin with a drinks reception and delegates will be welcome to visit the Kingmaker exhibit, showing Richard Neville (Earl of Warwick and known as "Warwick the Kingmaker") and his preparations for the Battle of Barnet in 1471. Afterwards, delegates will be guided to the Great Hall and the Undercroft, where there will be a three course meal, with beer, wine, and soft drinks served throughout.
Warwick Castle is situated next to the River Avon in the town of Warwick. The castle's origins began in 1068 when it was built by William the Conqueror, as a fortification in an Anglo-Saxon area, as he advanced further north. Substantial additions have been made since the 11th century and the castle has traditionally belonged to the Early of Warwick. During the 15th century, Richard Neville used Warwick Castle to imprison Edward IV, the king of England. During the 17th century, the defences were improved in preparations for the English Civil War(s) and the castle was controlled by Parliamentarian forces, with Royalist forces later laying siege. The death mask of Oliver Cromwell (who led the overthrow of the monarchy and temporarily created a republican Commonwealth) can still be seen today within Warwick Castle. In the 18th century, the castle grounds and gardens underwent landscaping by "Capability" Brown. Warwick Castle remained in the ownership of the Greville family between 1759 and 1978, at which point it was purchased by the Tussauds Group and later acquired by Merlin Entertainments Group (owners of the Madame Tussauds waxworks display in London, amongst other attractions).