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.
Every Weds & Thurs from 30 Jul to 28 Aug
Calling all budding knights and princesses. Our training academy will be open again this year every Weds and Thurs from 30 Jul to 28 Aug. Do you have what it takes to be a gallant knight like the castle's founder, Sir Edward Dallingridge, or a beautiful medieval princess. Suitable for over 5s. Call 01580 831320 to book for this popular event.
How was Bodiam Castle built and furnished? Find out more this summer at one of the demonstrations by Ash the metal smith, Peter our stonemason and the skilled weavers and dyers.
Our merry band of medieval characters will be bringing the castle to life with their hourly talks or you can pick up an echo horn and have a go at our 'A Knight's Peril' interactive audio investigation to try and discover who might want to murder Sir Edward, the castle's founder.
Want to be an archer?
Archery tuition - 26 July to 31 August
Are you a budding archer? Could you help Sir Edward defend his castle? Come along and learn how to fire an arrow or hone your previously learnt skills with Heathcliff's Heroics in the castle grounds every day throughout the summer. No need to book just turn up and join in. Suitable for children and adults alike. Separate charges apply.
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:
- Hunt for bugs
- Roll down a really big hill
- Fly a kite
- Make a grass trumpet
- Take a look inside a tree
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.
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.
- 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?
- Enjoy feeding our ducks with duck food from the shop or ticket office?
- Stand on the bridge and look for the largest fish in the moat?
- Find your way round our mini meadow maze?