Medieval merriments and May games at Bodiam Castle

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

Visit the castle this month and join in some fun and games as we celebrate the arrival of Spring and look forward to warmer days and the promise of summer.

The arrival of Spring

The arrival of spring was a time for celebration in medieval England.  The fasting of Lent was over, the religious duties of Easter performed and the crops were growing well in the fields.  Life took on a gentler pace in May and with the improving weather came the promise of summer.  There was much to celebrate and time to do it.

The merry month of May started with some Medieval Merriments, but if you missed these there's still plenty going on throughout this fun-filled month.

What is ‘Bringing in the May’?

Find out the tradition behind this at one of our medieval characters’ presentations throughout each day. These informal talks take place on the hour in the Great Hall and will be on the themes of storytelling, bringing in the May and sports and May games.  Listen to some medieval stories such as that of Willikin of the Weald, join in making a May pyramid or get a close up look at a traditional longbow.

Play some games with us

Throughout May we’ll have lots of medieval toys and games out around the grounds and castle for you to play with.  Try your hand at Fox & Geese or Nine Men’s Morris and discover the similarities to some of today’s family games.  
If you get bitten by the bug of playing some new games, then visit our Castle gift shop where you can buy your own version to take home.
Outdoor game of noughts and crosses
A large outdoor game of noughts and crosses made from wood and rope
Outdoor game of noughts and crosses

Join Sir Edward at his annual fair

On Monday 30 May Sir Edward Dallingridge invites you to join him at his annual fair to celebrate St. Augustine's Day.   Come along and try on some armour, enjoy games and activities and explore local craft stalls.  Sir Edward will be circulating in the castle and grounds and he'll be more than happy to tell you about his magnificent castle.

A small additional charge will apply for most activities.

Local traders who'd like to book a pitch should call 01580 831321.

Medieval character, Bodiam Castle
A medieval character dressed as Sir Edward Dallingridge at Bodiam Castle
Medieval character, Bodiam Castle