Ant and Dec dress up as explorers as they look for the I’m A Celeb castle in Wales


ANT and Dec dressed up as explorers as they looked for the I’m A Celebrity castle in Wales.

The Geordie duo took to their official Instagram page to share a snap of them preparing for the highly anticipated return of the popular ITV show.

Ant and Dec dress up as explorers as they look for the I’m A Celeb castle in Wales

After Covid-19 ruled out the usual setting in the Australian jungle, ITV bosses decided that Gwrych Castle will be the location for the show’s 20th series.

And it looks like the co-hosts are getting used to their new surroundings as they went to go and visit the 19th-century country house earlier today.

Ant, 44, and his partner in crime Dec, 45, were all smiles as dressed up in classic explorer outfits, looking for the 200-year-old property, whilst in front of a sign pointing towards the Welsh castle.

The pair were kitted out with everything they needed and completely looked the part in their matching structured jackets, compasses wrapped around their necks and camouflage water bottles.

The ruins are said to be haunted by the ghost of past owner, Winifred Cochrane

The rural castle looks worlds apart from the Australian jungle

They captioned the post: “Quick trip to Wales in search of the #imaceleb castle. If only there was a sign… 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁷󠁬󠁳󠁿🏰 @itv”

And fans couldn’t contain their excitement over the fact that the new snap means that the new series of I’m A Celebrity is fast approaching.

One wrote: “Awww, yayyy!!! I sense a promo shoot! 😍 Can’t wait for my 3 weeks of daily Ant and Dec! ❤❤

Another said: “Can’t wait for this!”

The pair are set to return to our screens to co-host the show very soon

The celebrities are definitely going to have to swap their swim wear for some warm thermals

A third wrote: “Oooohhhhhhhh myyyyy god!!!! Yaaaaas”

A fourth added: “THIS SHALL BE GREAT”

While others worry that the current pandemic may jeopardise the show, with one fan saying: “Really hope covid and welsh restrictions doesn’t spoil it”

The 25-acre site, near the town of Abergele, has come at a hefty price as it has cost them more than £1million to hire for the duration of filming.

The castle has come at a hefty price of ITV bosses

Crew have been transforming the castle over the past weeks and have installed electrics and running water

Earlier this month it was revealed that millions have been spent to make sure that the celebrities are ok to stay in the castle for the duration of the show.

They have installed electrics, hundreds of yards of pipes for running water and even repaired the crumbling towers.

Builders have erected temporary coverings, using extra-strong plastic, over what will become the main camp for contestants.

There is also an unsheltered section of the haunted castle, where a campfire will be allowed.

The contestants will have to wash themselves in a bucket outside in the freezing cold temperatures

A show source said: “This isn’t a holiday camp for the stars, but without a roof, everyone would have been utterly miserable for three weeks, which would not make great telly.

“It will still be hard work but slightly warmer than if it snows where they are sleeping.

“ITV want viewers to largely recognise the show.”

Additionally, a giant studio has been constructed from where hosts Ant and Dec will present the Covid- revamped show.

The dynamic duo have their very own studio to host from

Security is in place as the castle backs on to a golf course and walking paths.

ITV bosses are absolutely thrilled with the new location.

They previously told us: “Producers are chuffed with the new location — they’re excited for a change in scenery this year.

“Obviously upping sticks and moving to a completely new location was a tough decision, but they feel confident it’s the right one.

“The Bushtucker trial crew, who work tirelessly all year round, have been working overtime to come up with some terrifying new trials and challenges.

“It’s a brilliant move for viewers as celebs will have no idea what to expect. It’s going to be compelling viewing.”

The source added: “It’s been a horrendous year for the whole country and the lads want to do their bit to get viewers smiling.”