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1000 years of power, politics and pleasure in an intimate family home
Croft Castle sits deep in the heart of Herefordshire countryside surrounded by 1500 acres of historic woodland, farm and parkland. Home to the Croft family for nearly 1000 years, this castle has many powerful stories to uncover.
In the castle you can live life as Sir James Croft and find out how the family bought back their home in 1923. Explore the family photographs or sit and read through the auction catalogues. In the ambassadors room you can discover the story of the Croft's and the devastating impact of the First World War on young men from the local parish. Find out about the criteria for enlistment during 1915 in the family room.
Step outside and explore the working walled garden complete with historic orchards, vineyard and take a peak inside the 1908 glasshouse restoration project. Look out for the Georgian stable block and uncover some of the stories of how horses were cared for during the war years.
Take a stroll through the parkland up to the Iron Age hill fort for far reaching views including the Brecon beacons or follow one of the woodland trails and find over 300 veteran trees along the way. Feeling energetic? Why not tackle the Orienteering course or let the little ones go wild in the natural and mini castle play areas.
Wartime at Croft
Saturday 5 & Sunday 6 September, 11am to 5pm
The First World War is remembered with a weekend of talks and displays, where you can learn about life in the castle and on the home-front during this time. Discover the stories of the four members of the Croft family who went to fight and see demonstrations with uniform, equipment and memorabilia.
Normal admission fees apply.
The Battle of Mortimer's Cross
Saturday 12 and Sunday 13 September, 10am to 5pm
The annual re-enactment of the Battle of Mortimer's Cross this year comes to Croft Castle. There will be battle re-creation each day, with fully armored knights, men at arms, soldiers, archers and gunners as well as a living history encampment, traders, beer tent, food stalls, medieval music, and dancing, and lots more besides.
Saturday 24 & Sunday 25 October, 10am to 5pm
Croft Castle’s annual spooktacular returns with ghosts, ghouls and ghastly goings on to entertain the family. The weekend’s activities will include an outdoor trail, face painting, pumpkin carving and broomstick making, all in the historic setting of the castle, with many ghost stories of its own to tell….
Normal admission fees apply, plus a £5 charge for all activities.
We're looking for volunteers to join our team at Croft. We've got lots of different roles for you to choose from. We need energetic gardeners, smiling receptionists, enthusiastic house guides and lots more. It's your time, so you can give what you want, when you want. Bring an open mind and we'll provide the rest.
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