May half term at Bodiam Castle

A view across a sunny bridge to Bodiam Castle

This May half term discover what life was like for some of our castle characters and enjoy getting out and about in the castle and grounds with our daily nature I-Spy trail and have-a-go archery. On 31 May and 1 June, create your own bird house and take home to encourage birds to your garden.

Life in the castle

This May half term discover what life was like for some of our castle characters. In three of the castle tours you will find  8 colourfully illustrated characters, such as a knight, servant or lady, who may have lived in the castle back in 1385. Open the boxes to find some props to become a castle character yourself.

These illustrated characters, drawn by artist and castle team member, Scarlett Woodman, are an great photo opportunity for that unusual family pic.

Look out for the Castle Steward who will be patrolling the castle courtyard during this holiday week looking for children who'd like to be set a mission to see if they would be up to getting a job in the castle.

Bodiam Castle
An example of the illustrations of castle characters at Bodiam Castle in East Sussex
Bodiam Castle

Test your archery skills

Archery will be on offer each day throughout the half-term holidays in the grounds of the castle. Costumed instructors from The Hawking Centre will be on hand each day to give instructions for those who'd fancy themselves as a budding Robin Hood.

  • £3.50 for 6 arrows
  • Available daily between 10.30am -4.00pm
  • Charges payable directly to instructors
  • No need to pre-book
  • Weather permitting - we may need to curtail this activity in certain weather conditions.
Try your hand at archery, Bodiam Castle
An arrow approaching an archery target
Try your hand at archery, Bodiam Castle

Nature is all around

There's plenty of outdoor space at Bodiam Castle and it's teeming with natural life. To help you discover just how much life there is around our Ranger, Lucy, has designed some seasonal I-Spy trails. Download the Spring trail below and head off to the outer reaches of the castle grounds to see what you can find.

Bodiam Castle Spring I-Spy trail (PDF / 1.2MB) download

If you can't print your own copy at home, then ask at our visitor reception for a copy.

Get crafty with nature

For the artistic nature lovers of your family, join us on Friday 31 May and Saturday 1 June for  our paint your birdhouse craft activity. Come along and enjoy getting closer to nature in all its guises.

Follow the signs to our nature craft activities and have some fun creating your own natural artwork to take home with you.

We want to tell you a story

If you and the family want to take a break from all the running about in the great outdoors, then our storytellers will be on hand in the castle and happy for you to sit and rest a while to listen to one of their many tales.

Our storytelling sessions will run throughout the day and are suitable for 5 - 99 year olds. Just settle down and be transported into the magical worlds of the stories.

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A storyteller in one of the rooms at Bodiam Castle in East Sussex
Bodiam Castle