/Im A Celebrity bosses spend the weekend drying out Gwrych Castle following heavy rainfall

Im A Celebrity bosses spend the weekend drying out Gwrych Castle following heavy rainfall


I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here! bosses reportedly spent the weekend drying out Gwrych Castle after it became flooded with rain.

The upcoming series of the reality show is being filmed in the Welsh castle amid the Covid-19 pandemic and terrible weather is also forecast for this week.

According to The Sun, parts of the new set at the castle were left soaked and the crew spent much of the weekend trying to get the place back in shape. 

Downpour: I'm A Celebrity... Get Me Out Of Here! bosses reportedly spent the weekend drying out Gwrych Castle after it became flooded with rain

Downpour: I'm A Celebrity... Get Me Out Of Here! bosses reportedly spent the weekend drying out Gwrych Castle after it became flooded with rain

Downpour: I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here! bosses reportedly spent the weekend drying out Gwrych Castle after it became flooded with rain

A source said: ‘The crew are working around the clock as it is. But because of the dreadful weather they spent much of the weekend trying to remove standing water from areas of the building.

‘They’re now trying to work out a way to make sure that, if there’s bad weather when the show airs in November, it doesn’t affect filming.

‘The jungle set was fine when it rained as there was natural drainage and streams. But an ancient castle with no proper piping systems is a whole different story.’

The source added that the torrential rainfall has turned into a ‘headache’ for the crew trying to get the castle ready in time for the celebrities to move in.

Wet: The upcoming series of the reality show is being filmed in the Welsh castle amid the Covid-19 pandemic and terrible weather is also forecast for this week

Wet: The upcoming series of the reality show is being filmed in the Welsh castle amid the Covid-19 pandemic and terrible weather is also forecast for this week 

MailOnline has contacted a representative for I’m A Celebrity for comment.  

It comes after Bear Grylls warned I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here! contestants that they will face ‘brutal’ weather and potentially even snow on the upcoming series of the ITV show.

The TV survival expert, 46, has said this year’s series could provide campmates with their toughest challenge yet.

He said the celebrities, who will enter the castle in November, could have to deal with gale-force winds, rain and even snow during filming.  

Shock: Bear Grylls has warned I'm A Celeb contestants they will face grim weather and potentially even snow on the upcoming series of the ITV show

Shock: Bear Grylls has warned I’m A Celeb contestants they will face grim weather and potentially even snow on the upcoming series of the ITV show

The former SAS trooper – who has organised survival academies in nearby Snowdonia – told The Star: ‘The bad weather in Wales will be brutal.

‘You get persistent wind and rain and that makes people cold fast. Contestants should not underestimate it.’

Long-range forecasts predict temperatures could plunge below zero in the area, with experts telling The Star that there could be winds of 35 mph on some days.

ITV have been contacted for a comment by MailOnline. 

Umbrellas at the ready: Presenters Ant McPartlin and Declan Donnelly recently shared footage of themselves caught in a rainstorm at the show's new home in North Wales

Umbrellas at the ready: Presenters Ant McPartlin and Declan Donnelly recently shared footage of themselves caught in a rainstorm at the show’s new home in North Wales

Presenters Ant McPartlin and Declan Donnelly recently shared footage of themselves caught in a rainstorm at the show’s new home in North Wales.

Ant, 44, and Dec, 45, took to Instagram to share the amusing video of themselves walking through the wet grounds of Gwrych Castle

It comes after work has continued at the castle amid claims earlier this week that the show is ‘under threat’ due to new lockdown rules in Wales.

Crew members were seen preparing the site in Abergele, North Wales, on Wednesday with cranes and scaffolding also being operated.

New restrictions came into force at 6pm on 1 October 2020 and will be kept under review.  

Ahead of the new lockdown rules! It comes after work has continued at the castle amid claims earlier this week that the show is 'under threat' due to new lockdown rules in Wales

Ahead of the new lockdown rules! It comes after work has continued at the castle amid claims earlier this week that the show is ‘under threat’ due to new lockdown rules in Wales

These include people unable to leave or enter the Conwy County Borough area or be in a ‘bubble’ with extended household members (people you don’t live with) without a ‘reasonable excuse’. 

Large cranes were seen being operated, with scaffolding also erected on the building. 

Work people could be seen preparing the area wearing high-vis vests while another member of crew could be seen signing in vans and lorries to the site. 

Pals: It comes after Ant and Dec recently made a quick trip to Wales in search of the new I'm A Celebrity... Get Me Out Of Here! castle

Pals: It comes after Ant and Dec recently made a quick trip to Wales in search of the new I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here! castle

Elsewhere, trailers and pods could be seen nearby to the Gwrych Castle, no doubt being used by staff for breaks and planning. 

It comes after Ant and Dec recently made a quick trip to Wales in search of the new I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here! castle. 

Brushing aside the drama, the series’ hosts appeared in great spirits as they posed in front of a sign directing them to Gwrych Castle for a snap shared to their joint Instagram account. 

Preparation: Crew members were seen preparing the 200-year-old Gwrych Castle in Abergele, North Wales, on Wednesday this week with cranes and scaffolding also being operated

Preparation: Crew members were seen preparing the 200-year-old Gwrych Castle in Abergele, North Wales, on Wednesday this week with cranes and scaffolding also being operated

The presenters appeared to bring the jungle vibe to the chilly town of Conwy as they sported brown and camouflage print outfits as they prepared to film for the upcoming edition.

They captioned the image: ‘Quick trip to Wales in search of the #imaceleb castle. If only there was a sign… @itv.’

Producers are set to entertain viewers by making the contestants face ghost trials to adhere to the ‘haunted’ theme of the castle.

New format: Producers are set to entertain viewers by making the contestants face ghost trials to adhere to the 'haunted' theme of the castle

New format: Producers are set to entertain viewers by making the contestants face ghost trials to adhere to the ‘haunted’ theme of the castle 

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