Summer holiday activities at Bodiam Castle

A view across the moat to Bodiam Castle with summer flags on the bridge

This summer holiday we've got some new activities for the family. We'll be concentrating on medieval warfare with the chance to see what life was like in the castle during the Hundred Years' War with trails and activities. Our medieval re-enactors will be back at the end of August and offering the chance for children to sign up to our Castle boot camp. With have-a-go archery and falconry walks the whole family can immerse themselves in the Middle Ages.

We're looking forward to summer

Summer is a great time to visit Bodiam Castle.  With the blue sky above and a clear reflection in the moat below the castle is at its best.

Take a look at medieval warfare

Throughout the holidays, explore what life was like in a medieval castle during the Hundred Years' War. We'll have trails and activities for the kids and, from Monday 21 to Monday 28 August, our medieval re-enactors will be here to demonstrate the military might of medieval England.

On Bank Holiday Monday, 28 August, we will put medieval metal and bowmen to the test. We'll set up a newly made breastplate against the drawing power of the medieval crossbow and longbow.

Bodiam Castle
A medieval armourer at work at Bodiam Castle in East Sussex

What's on for the kids?

On Wednesdays during August we'll be offering children the chance to join Sir Edward's army at our Castle boot camp. We'll put them through their paces with games, some contact sparring and basic martial arts so they'll be ready to be shipped off to the Hundred Years' War. Prizes will be awarded to those that successfully complete the training. 

  • Camp runs on Wednesdays 2, 9, 16, 23 August and on Monday 21 and Tuesday 22 August
  • Sessions throughout the day at 11.30am, 12.15pm, 1.45pm, 2.30pm and 3.15pm
  • 12 places per session
  • Suitable for boys or girls aged 5 - 12 yrs
  • £6.50 per trainee
  • Booking recommended
  • Call our Central Booking Office on 0344 249 1895 or book online via the Summer events section on our website.

Have-a-go archery and falconry

We have our usual have-a-go archery on offer every day during the summer holidays. Come and try your hand at loosing some arrows at a target.  No need to book just turn up and have a go.

  • £3.50 for 6 arrows
  • Available weekends throughout early July and then daily from Monday 24 July to Sunday 3 September.

In addition to the archery, our partners from the Hawking Centre will be bringing along some of their magnificent birds of prey for falconry walks. Suitable for children, aged 8 plus, and adults these walks will give you a feel for the pleasure and sport of medieval falconry.

  • £5 per walk, per person
  • No need to pre-book
  • Available weekends throughout early July and then daily from Monday 24 July to Sunday 3 September.

Please note that both these activities may be subject to cancellation in poor weather conditions.

Hawking Centre birds of prey at Bodiam Castle
An eagle owl from The Hawking Centre in flight at Bodiam Castle in East Sussex