School visits to Bodiam Castle
Make history fun on a learning day at the castle. We offer activities from Foundation Stage to Key Stage 4, personally tailored to your group and in tune with National Curriculum initiatives.
Early Years learning - Age 6 and below
We have three activity sessions for younger children.
Sir Edward's Feast
A fun role-play session that transports children back to Medieval times. Includes castle tour, dressing-up and an introduction to Medieval food, drink, music and games. £3.50 per child
A Knight's Tale
This is the story of Ralph. Learn about knights and armour as you listen to a story about a boy aspiring to become a knight. Piece together a small suit of armour, and then try some real pieces on! Short tour included. £3.00 per child.
The Bodiam Household
Be introduced to the people who lived and worked in the castle. Learn about the different things the Dallingridge family would have done on a daily basis, and discover the roles of the people who worked for them. Tour and dressing up included. £3.50 per child
Key Stages 1, 2 & 3 - Ages 6 and above
We have two sessions for older children.
Take a Guided Tour
Was the castle, envisioned by the infamous Sir Edward, built for defence or comfort? Learn about the castle’s many attack and defence features through the eyes of an attacking army, while also discovering the many hidden luxuries this 14th-century home held.
Try our 'Armed & Dangerous' session
Our aptly named armour session, 'Armed & Dangerous' takes a look at medieval warfare. Take an inside look at a medieval army, at their armour, combat skills and code of conduct before trying on some of our armour collection.
Each session costs £3.00 per child, or enjoy both for £5.50 per child.
GCSE and A level students
For GCSE and A Level students we offer bespoke tours. Please e-mail our schools department or call us on 01580 831326 who'll be happy to tailor something to your requirements.
Contact us to book your visit
To book your learning day, please contact our learning office staff, who will be happy to help you chose the right session to suit your needs.
Please contact us on 01435 884832 or by e-mail to check availability before completing the booking form in our education groups information pack with your chosen options.
Larger Group Activity Days
For larger education groups (60+ students), we enlist the services of a specialist interpretation company, Happening History, to provide larger scale hands-on activity days. These days are always popular and book out quickly, so please call 01580 831324 if you are interested in booking one of these sessions.
Happening History dates for 2017 are:
Resource pack to help you plan your day
Our teachers' resource pack will help you plan your visit from the moment you arrive at the castle and provides a number of worksheets for you to use during your visit. There's also information on castle features and history for you to use back in the classroom.