February half-term at Bodiam Castle

An illsutration of Bodiam Castles nature quest

This article is for our 2020 event, check back here later in the year for our 2021 events. This half-term take on a mini adventure to help Princess Acorn and the Knight Sir Oakley discover nature around the grounds of Bodiam Castle.

Children's Princess and Knight nature trail

Pick up a trail at visitor reception and head off into the grounds to help Princess Acorn and Sir Knight Oakley discover nature around the castle and grounds. 

The children's trail, Princess Acorn, Sir Knight Oakley and their animal friends have been brought to life by two local artists, based in Hastings Old Town. Peter Quinnell and Claire Fletcher.

Princess Acorn and Sir Knight Oakley at Bodiam Castle
An illustration of Princess Acorn and Sir Knight Oakley standing infront of the castle
Princess Acorn and Sir Knight Oakley at Bodiam Castle

Claire studied at the Royal College of Art, under Quentin Blake, and her work is stocked nationally in museums and galleries including the Postal Museum in London. She also designs cards for Cath Kidston.

The illustrator Claire Fletcher at work
The illustrator Claire Fletcher at work
The illustrator Claire Fletcher at work

Peter trained at Chelsea and the Royal College and his art work has appeared in The Big Issue and The Guardian.

The artist Peter Quinnell
The artist Peter Quinnell
The artist Peter Quinnell

Trails available between Sat 15-Sun 23 February 2020
Available from 10am-4pm
£2.50 per trail
Suitable for children aged 4 - 12 years

Top tip: As some parts of the trail might be quite muddy, wellies and waterproof clothing are a good idea.

Winter family visits

With its massive towers and broad moat, Bodiam Castle is a great place for children to explore and imagine themselves as a bold knight or princess coming across the bridge for a magnificent feast in the great hall. The cold months of winter give a more authentic feel for how it would have been to be in the castle back in 1385. Wrap up warm to keep out the chill.

There's plenty of medieval features to spot and explore, including the murder holes above the entrances where all kinds of gruesome treats would have rained down on unwelcome visitors. For those families with a head for heights you can climb up the spiral staircase in the postern tower and marvel at the view across the Rother Valley below and don't forget to take a peek into the well room and ponder what the water in the well would have been used for?

Half-term face painting 

To add to all the half-term fun, there will also be Princess and Knight themed face painting in the second-hand bookshop on Thu 20 February throughout the day.  Drop by and have a browse at the books, whilst your little ones are transformed.

Warm up with a hot chocolate and something tasty
Children enjoying hot chocolate drinks
Warm up with a hot chocolate and something tasty

Eating with us?

You have a choice when it comes to eating with your family at Bodiam Castle. Grab and go from the Wharf tea-room or enjoy lunch in the tea-room all year round. There's children’s lunch boxes, which include a sandwich, crisps, a piece of fruit and a carton of juice. We also offer half portions of some of the main meals on our menu. If it’s good weather, why not bring a picnic to enjoy in one of our dedicated picnic areas.   You can also try our dog friendly Castle-view cafe, which is opposite the castle.

Good to know

  • Baby changing facilities can be found in the accessible toilet near to visitor reception, in the car park.
  • Bottles and baby food can be warmed up in our Wharf tea-room. 
  • High chairs are available in the Wharf tea-room.
  • If you fancy a picnic, you’re welcome to picnic in the grounds.  

Are you a member?

If you’re not already a National Trust member, why not enjoy the benefits of family membership? You’ll be able to explore over 500 special places like Bodiam Castle for free and if you join as part of your visit to Bodiam, you’ll have helped support the conservation of this incredible place.