Take a step back in time with events at Bodiam Castle throughout July 2012. There are exciting events planned at this impressive example of a late medieval moated castle which add extra excitement to a family day out in East Sussex.
On July 7 and 8 children will be able to 'Dress to Impress' and be transformed into a knight, princess, lord or jester using the castle's collection of replica medieval armour and costumes. Normal Castle admission applies with a £2 charge per child. Suitable for children 18 months and above.
On July 14 and 15 join Happening History for a gruesome weekend of 'Crime, Punishment and Medieval Surgery'. There will be gory talks and visitors can watch demonstrations on medieval surgery to learn the fate of medieval characters. Normal Castle admission applies.
Between July 21 and September 4 see 'The Trebuchet in Action'. This fascinating weapon resembles a full-size replica trebuchet (a medieval catapult used in castle sieges). The Bodiam bombard, last seen at Bodiam 600 years ago, will be fired once a day at 1.30pm each weekend throughout the summer months. 'Have-go-Archery' will also be available in the grounds. Normal Castle admission applies with a small charge for archery (£1 for 10 mini crossbow bolts, £2.50 for 12 paintball shots, £3 for 6 arrows, £5 for 12)
And to round off events on July 28 and 29 there will be 'Armourers at Work'. Visit the medieval Armourer's camp and watch a team of skilled craftsmen create stunning armour using their working forge. Normal Castle admission applies.
Visitors can spend all day exploring the extensive castle ruins and attractive grounds. See the castle's original wooden portcullis in the Gate House and discover the battlements and towers with their stunning views over the Sussex countryside.
In the Castle shop visitors can browse a range of gifts and produce, including Bodiam wine and local honey. After your visit why not relax in the Wharf tea-room and enjoy some of the delicious seasonal treats such as light lunches and homemade cakes on offer.
Published 12th June 2012
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