Escape to the Château: Dick and Angel launch Dare to Do It at Home competition

Escape to the Château: Dick and Angel launch Dare to Do It at Home competition

Prizes for the winners include a night at the couple’s Château de la Motte Husson in Mayenne

Stars of the hugely popular Escape to the Château television series, Dick and Angel Strawbridge have revealed three creative Dare to Do It at Home competitions in a bid to lift lockdown spirits.

The lucky winners will receive once-in-a-lifetime prizes including a night at Dick and Angel’s château in Martigné-sur-Mayenne which features in the hit Channel 4 series, as well an opportunity to see their work in print.

The best-selling authors, who were on a tour of the UK with their first live show Dare to do It! earlier this year, are soon to appear in the newly commissioned Dick & Angel’s Make Do and Mend, which sees the couple offering tips and tricks for families looking for imaginative ways to solve their DIY dilemmas using what they have to hand.

While people are having to spend more time at home due to the coronavirus crisis, Dick and Angel are inviting them to share details of new skills they have developed or to have a go at creating some original art or writing.

The Wellbeing Competition asks people to share their journey through a developed skill or a challenge they’ve overcome to maintain their wellbeing and that of their family, during these difficult times. It could be anything from mastering sun salutations to completing an inspirational DIY project. The winner will be treated to a magical night at Dick and Angel’s fairy-tale home, Château de a la Motte Husson, staying in the Honeymoon Suite, with a special dinner cooked and hosted by the Strawbridges.

The Literature Competition gives budding writers the opportunity to see their original work, from novellas to encyclopaedias, designed, formatted and published in print by Chateau Publishing. The winner, as voted for by the public, will receive royalties for every copy sold via the website to which Chateau Publishing will match with a donation to a charity of their choice.

Finally, the Christmas Card Competition will give six talented people the chance to earn commission on every box of their winning festive card design, inspired by the château, which will be printed and sold online at Chateau Publishing will again match every royalty earned with a donation to the winner’s designated charity.

Dick and Angel say: “We all know the importance of having a project that excites us; it’s good for the soul and gives us something to look forward to.

“At this strange time that we find ourselves in, we’re focusing on enjoying family life, looking after ourselves and letting our creativity flow – having a project, or two, on the go keeps the grey cells active!

“We hope people at home will feel inspired to have a go at entering and we can’t wait to see all their fabulous ideas and achievements.”

Full details of the Dare to Do It at Home competitions, including the deadline for entries, can be found at


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