MORE than 130 sports cars are due to be displayed at Sudeley Castle this weekend as it hosts Porsche Club Great Britain’s annual Cotswold Rally.

Visitors will be able to view the cars within the grounds of the castle on Sunday May 13 as they arrive after completing a 60-mile tour of the Cotswolds countryside from the club’s headquarters in Moreton-in-Marsh.

A range of vehicles will be on show, from early Porsche 911s, GT3 and GT4s, to classic air-cooled and water-cooled vehicles. The cars will be arriving from midday and access to view the vehicles on the north lawn is free with castle admission tickets.

Sudeley Castle’s head of events, Astrid Martin, said: “We are delighted to be hosting this fun event in collaboration with such a well-known local organisation. I’m sure our visitors will thoroughly enjoy seeing the array of beautiful cars on display as well as having the opportunity to enjoy the castle and its beautiful grounds in springtime bloom.”

Chris Seaward, general manager of Porsche Club GB, added: “This rally has been hugely popular with our Porsche Club members and was quickly fully booked, so there will be a real variety of cars on display. We are very much looking forward to another fantastic Cotswold rally and having Sudeley Castle as our final destination will be a real show-stopper end to what is sure to be a great day.”

As well as the Porsche event, younger visitors to Sudeley Castle can play on a huge new fun fort in the adventure playground.

Youngsters can explore the different levels, hide in various secret corners, tackle the climbing wall and whizz down the slides and zip-wire. An adventure trail and cradle swings will keep the little ones happy, while older children can take-on the 10-piece obstacle course.

Visitors can also enjoy the castle’s 10 gardens, highlights include the Magnolia Walk, now in flower, and the colourful tulips in the Secret Garden and East Border.

Sudeley Castle’s newly refurbished exhibition is also now open, telling the 1,000 year history of the site. Entry to the exhibition is included with general admission.

Sudeley is the only private castle in England to have a queen buried within its grounds – Katherine Parr, the last of Henry VIII’s six wives. Today visitors can explore the beautifully restored 15th century church where she lies entombed.