Ant and Dec are returning to our screens this November for I’m A Celebrity 2020, although this year’s campsite is expected to look very different.
While the show hasn’t faced any delays this year, with ITV recently confirming the official start date for I’m A Celebrity 2020, the cast and crew are swapping their standard Australian campsite for a historic castle in North Wales due to the ongoing pandemic.
A farm location has also been revealed as an additional place for filming, which teases the potential Bushtucker Trials we’ll see the contestants taking on this year.
Earlier this year, ITV Studio’s Director of Entertainment confirmed the relocation news, explaining: “Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and despite us looking at many different contingencies, it became apparent that it just wasn’t possible for us to travel and make the show there.
“However, we are all really excited about a UK version of I’m A Celebrity. While it will certainly be different producing the show from the UK, the same tone and feel will remain.”
Here’s everything you need to know about the new location for I’m A Celebrity 2020.
Where is I’m a Celebrity UK filming?
It was confirmed in August 2020 that the historic Gwrych Castle in Abergele, North Wales would be used as the main location for the new series.
The castle is set in 250 acres of gardens and ground, with views of the Welsh countryside from a tree-lined hillside overlooking the Irish sea, but the celebrities could be in for a scare – with several ghost sightings having been reported in the castle.
Dr Mark Baker, Chair of the Gwrych Castle Preservation Trust told Chronicle Live:“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’s hosts Ant and Dec recently shared a photo of themselves on the way to the new castle location.
“Quick trip to Wales in search of the #imaceleb castle. If only there was a sign…” they joked alongside the image.
— antanddec (@antanddec) September 30, 2020
In a new trailer clip, the duo are also seen travelling across a bridge in the pouring rain.
“Well this is the coldest summer in Australia ever, ” Dec says, as Ant chimes in: “We’re lost!”
“I’ll check the map,” Dec then replies, to which Ant says: “Forget the map. Time to apply some proper 21st century technology,” and takes out his phone from his pocket.
He then speaks to his phone and asks “Can you tell us the way to camp from here?” The voice recognition service then responds, citing a long street name in Welsh, which neither of them can understand.
Later in August it was revealed that a second location would also be used, with a North Wales farm situated close to Gwrych Castle set to be used for the show.
Manorafon Farm Park has been booked for exclusive use by the show’s producers, and a look at the farm’s website reveals a possible hint as to what the celebs will be up to, with the ‘Explore’ section reading, “We also have a Reptile Hut full of interesting critters.”
Where is I’m a Celebrity filmed?
Since the second series in 2003, I’m A Celeb has been based in Murwillumbah in New South Wales, filmed inside Springbrook National Park.
And while on screen all you see is the camp itself plus a series of suspension bridges and the studio where Ant and Dec broadcast, there is plenty more going on behind the scenes.
The production extends beyond what appears on camera, with an on-site medical facility, a space for props storage and an area where family and friends of the celebrities gather on the morning of each eviction.
However, the show is reportedly considering moving from the UNESCO heritage site when the current I’m a Celeb contract expires in 2020. According to The Sun, producers are discussing moving the show to Kangaroo Island in the future – although this has not been confirmed.
Where do the celebrities stay after they’ve left the camp?
After a stint living off rice and beans, enduring cold showers and suffering multiple insect bites, the celebs are due a bit of luxury.
Usually, each evicted contestant is put up at the five-star Versace Hotel in Surfers Paradise for some much-needed R&R. After being subjected to jungle rations and Bushtucker Trials, they’ve certainly earned it. Palazzo Versace Hotel too, if you have a couple of hundred pounds a night to spare…
There’s no news yet on which luxury location the celebs will be escaping to after the castle, but if it’s anything like the Versace Hotel, it’s going to be well worth eating all those creepy crawlies for.
I’m A Celebrity will return to ITV later this year. If you’re looking for something to watch tonight, check out our TV Guide.