I'm A Celebrity returning to Wales this year as ITV confirm location

2 August 2021, 11:28 | Updated: 2 August 2021, 13:09

I'm A Celebrity is set to return to Wales this year
I'm A Celebrity is set to return to Wales this year. Picture: ITV/Instagram/Getty Images

I'm A Celebrity 2021 will be filmed in Wales again this year due to the coronavirus pandemic.

I’m A Celebrity will be returning to Wales this year after fears Australia could shut its borders.

Due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, the ITV show was filmed at Gwrych castle in 2020.

But there were hopes Ant and Dec would be back in the Australian jungle this time around.

Gwrych Castle will host I'm A Celebrity this year
Gwrych Castle will host I'm A Celebrity this year. Picture: Getty Images

Unfortunately - or fortunately - bosses have made a decision to cancel plans to go Down Under as it's still uncertain whether the Australian government will allow Brits into the country.

ITV has confirmed the new location in a statement to Heart.co.uk, saying: "ITV today announces that the forthcoming 21st series of I’m A Celebrity...Get Me Out of Here! will return to the historic Gwrych Castle, Abergele in North Wales.

"Hot on the heels of Giovanna Fletcher being crowned Queen of the Castle in 2020, viewers will once again see the celebrities undertake gruelling trials and action packed challenges to win food and treats, in the lead up to one of them emerging victorious."

Katie Rawcliffe, ITV Head of Entertainment Commissioning, added: “We’ve always said we have contingencies in place for the series if the covid situation continued to bring uncertainty, and after a highly successful run at the castle last year we’re pleased that we can return there.

"I have no doubt the production team will produce another hugely entertaining series.”

This comes after Australia's Prime Minister Scott Morrison previously said that he intended to keep Australia’s borders closed indefinitely.

He hinted that holidays wouldn't be possible again until 2022, stating that the completion of the vaccine rollout didn't guarantee a reopening.

It was also previously revealed I’m a Celebrity bosses had already booked a hotel for crew and the production team to use near Gwrych Castle if needed.