For families

Bodiam Castle is a great place for a picnic with family or friends © Laura Blackwell

Bodiam Castle is a great place for a picnic with family or friends

A magical place to picnic

Why not bring your whole family to enjoy a picnic on the green opposite the castle? There's lots of space for the children to run around, a sand pit to play in and an amazing view of the castle to allow you to capture some truly memorable family photos. We've also made it easy if you forget your flask. Our seasonal kiosk is close by, serving hot and cold drinks, snacks and ice creams.

Training for medieval battle

Bring your budding knight along during the summer holidays to train for battle, with the chance to use a longbow or mini crossbow. Hands on History are here every day to sharpen up your skills. If you want to get some jousting practice, we'll also have a wooden tilt horse on site from mid August, so you could leave here fully trained to do battle.

Family fun day to celebrate Lammas

Fun for all the family at Bodiam Castle, East Sussex

On Wednesday 1 August join us as we celebrate Lammas, the medieval festival of the wheat harvest, with a day of activities, crafts and demonstrations. There will be lots to see and do, so come along and enjoy the fun and learn about the importance of this celebration in the Middle Ages.

Knight and princess academy

Calling all budding knights and princesses. Our training academy will be open again this year from 20 to 23 August. See if you have what it takes to be a gallant knight like the castle's founder, Sir Edward Dallingridge, or a beautiful medieval princess. Booking is essential for this popular event on 01580 830196.

Adventures outdoors

50 ideas for the holidays

50 ideas for the holidays

Are you up for our 50 things to do before you're 11¾ challenge? Start ticking them off your list at Bodiam Castle. You can take a look inside a tree, roll down a big hill or go on a bug hunt to Bugdiham Castle. Discover the full list of outdoor adventures on our 50 Things website.

Top 5 things to do here from your 50 things list:

  • Fly a kite
  • Hunt for bugs
  • Make a grass trumpet
  • Take a look inside a tree
  • Roll down a really big hill

Accept the challenge

Explore your way to the castle through a land of imagination and discover the best-kept secrets of Bodiam by following our adventure map. If you survive your journey and enter the castle, reward yourself with a climb to the top of one of the towers to enjoy some stunning views across the River Rother valley.

Why not?

  • Combine your visit with a ride on a steam train with the Kent & East Sussex railway from Tenterden or Northiam?
  • Arrive via the oldest route to the castle by ferry up the River Rother from Newenden?
  • Count up the masons' marks in the castle?
  • Come and see a full-sized replica trebuchet (medieval catapult) in action during the summer?
  • Enjoy feeding our ducks with duck food from the shop or ticket office?

Family friendly tea-room

Our Wharf Tea-room offers a children's menu, high chairs and baby food and bottle warming facility. We also cater for restricted diets so treat the whole family to a delicious meal together.