Family spring visit to Bodiam Castle

Children enjoying archery tuition at Bodiam Castle in East Sussex

As the days grow longer and the trees start to bud, get out and about with the family and discover the beauty of springtime at the castle. Our archery sessions are back during school holidays and weekends and there's lots of spring nature to spy with our free I-Spy trail.

Get out and about

Bring the family to the castle this Spring and get out and about and discover the beauty of this season in and around the castle and grounds.

As Spring arrives, the great oak trees that pepper the grounds and sit majestically beside the moat show the first tinge of green as their leaves slowly start to emerge. Look at how they are reflected in the waters of the moat below.

Discover Spring nature

There's lots happening in the grounds around the castle as nature comes to life after the cold, harsh winter months. Download our Spring I-Spy trail from the link below or pick up a copy from visitor reception on your way in and discover what nature is springing into life.

Bodiam Castle Spring I-Spy trail (PDF / 1.1826171875MB) download

Test your skills

From Saturday 6 April until Sunday 3 November, we'll have archery tuition every weekend and during school holidays. Join the team from The Hawking Centre and test your skill at loosing an arrow against a traditional archery target.

Archers would have formed an important part of the defensive force for the castle and skill with the arrow was essential for the protection of the castle's residents.

  • Weekends and school holidays from 6 April to 3 November inclusive
  • 10.30am to 4pm
  • No need to pre-book
  • £3.50 for 6 arrows
  • Medieval costumed instructors
  • Traditional targets

Weather permitting - we may have to suspend archery during high winds or very wet weather.

Get a headstart with your '50 Things' list

There's lots of opportunity to make a good start on your '50 Things' challenges at Bodiam Castle. Enjoy exploring inside a tree, or making a grass trumpet. With your Spring I-Spy trail you should easily be able to cross off bug hunting and bird watching.

Even if the weather is not too good, it's still fun to run around in the rain or make a trail with sticks. Come along and see how many you can cross off in a day.

Inside or out

During school holidays, our storytellers will be here in the castle with their many tales. Young or old, take a seat in one of the towers and be enthralled with medieval-inspired stories and more.

Bodiam Castle
Large outdoor games for May games event in front of Bodiam Castle in East Sussex
Bodiam Castle

If you prefer to be outdoors then look out for our outdoor games of skittles and noughts and crosses. These ancient games may well have been played within the castle walls back in the time of Sir Edward and his family.