Summer outdoors at Bodiam Castle

A view to the gatehouse entrance from the courtyard at Bodiam Castle in East Sussex

Bodiam Castle is the perfect place for a summer day out with the family. With lots of grounds to run around in and archery lessons and falconry walks on site you can easily spend the whole day here.

A family day out

Bodiam Castle is a great place to bring the family on a summer day.  Our magnificent castle has lots for the children to explore.  We'll also have some special events throughout the summer holidays and there are always archery lessons on offer.

With extensive grounds around the castle there's plenty of space to set down your picnic rug, sit back and enjoy that special view.  For those who've forgotten their Thermos flask, our Castle View Café will be open during the main school holidays for hot and cold drinks, sandwiches and snacks and ice creams.

Bodiam Castle
A family picnic in the grounds of Bodiam Castle in East Sussex
Bodiam Castle

Summer outdoors at the castle

Despite its appearance the castle is mostly in ruin, so summer's a good time to visit. There are towers to explore and a battlement to cross, not to mention the chance to see our original portcullis, probably the oldest in England.

The moat has plenty of fish that congregate around the bridge when you approach. Can you count how many there are?  The ducks, too, are always pleased to see you and love to be fed on seeds, lettuce or grains. We would ask that you don't feed the fish or ducks with bread as this is neither good for them or for the waters of the moat. Believe it or not, there are plenty of nutrients for the fish in that dark, cloudy water.

Have an adventure

Our '50 things to do before you're 11¾' activities are a great way to get the kids in to the big outdoors. At Bodiam Castle, we've a number of activities for them to try.

A great way to get the kids outdoors and closer to nature, these activities are designed to encourage children to explore in open spaces and take note of the wonders of nature that surround them whilst having some fun too. Here's some of the activities that you can try within the castle grounds.

  • Rolling down a really big hill (no. 2)
  • Build a den (no. 4)
  • Flying a kite (no. 7)
  • Exploring inside a tree (no. 22)
  • Making a grass trumpet (no. 25)
  • Hunt for bugs (no. 31)
50 things to do before you're 11¾
Two boys flying a kite at Bodiam Castle in East Sussex
50 things to do before you're 11¾

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 and throughout early July and then daily from Monday 23 July to Monday 3 September inclusive.

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.

  • £5.00 per walk, per person
  • No need to pre-book
  • Available weekends throughout early July and then daily from Monday 23 July to Monday 3 September inclusive.

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
Hawking Centre birds of prey at Bodiam Castle