Bodiam Castle's Christmas pud archery

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Latest update 19.11.2013 14:06

Did you know that one of the long standing Christmas traditions at Bodiam Castle is a group of archers shooting Christmas puddings?

At least 25 years ago a Christmas pudding manufacturer decided to reduce the amount of preservatives in Christmas puddings. But, when they hit the shelves, this meant each was covered in an edible mould. Although they were ok to eat, customers understandably didn’t like the idea of eating them and returned them en masse. All stocks had to be removed and destroyed.

Step in the castle’s winter archery clout team who offered to destroy them by shooting arrows at them. The Bodiam Castle Christmas Pudding Clout was born. To date there are around 50 archers who shoot in our meadow, this year they’ll be here on 5 January 2014.

Christmas pudding archery today

The archers now shoot at target bosses in what is thought to be the medieval joust ground at Bodiam Castle. The winner takes home a wooden effigy of a Christmas pudding, a nod to the origins of the clout.

Get involved this Christmas

Inspired by this old tradition, this year visitors can join in with a trail around the castle courtyard to search for Christmas pudding ingredients in hidden chests. Once they’ve all been found, take home the trail map which includes a recipe to make your own Bodiam Castle Christmas pudding.