Volunteering at Bodiam Castle

Costumed volunteers in the kitchen at Bodiam Castle in East Sussex

Our volunteers come from all walks of life and bring a wealth of experience to our work here at the castle. If you have time to spare, come and join our friendly team in one of the many roles and make a difference to our visitors' day out.

Volunteering at Bodiam Castle

We have a number of different volunteering roles here at Bodiam. We always welcome new volunteers, whether you want a regular commitment or to just pop in for a specific role.

Why I volunteer...

'Newly widowed and bored of the oil industry in Aberdeen I moved back home to Sussex to look for new challenges.  Within two weeks I found myself at Bodiam Castle learning all about medieval life.  This was quite a change for me and a bit daunting at first, but with the support of a bunch of friendly volunteers and staff I was soon leading school groups around the castle and helping out with a variety of events - armour talks, guided walks and Father Christmas' grotto to name a few.

I enjoy being able to make a difference to a visitor's day out.  I love the variety of things I can get involved in, the freedom of choosing the hours I volunteer and being outside seeing the castle in all weathers.

It's a special place which has definitely given me a new purpose in life, more confidence, lots of new friends and it's fun.'   

Janet Crossley, costumed and school activities volunteer.

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A costumed volunteer working in the castle kitchen at Bodiam Castle in East Sussex

My story ....

'As a retired architect I took the opportunity of becoming a volunter at Bodiam Castle.  In many ways this was to serve myself, rather than the National Trust, as I needed a new routine, and already enjoyed voluntary teaching at primary level elsewhere.

My interest was in medieval warfare and weapons and the subject suited my form of interactive teaching. Both for school visits and special events I have had a great time working with the staff at Bodiam as over the years the emphasis on teaching methods at Bodiam has changed and improved.

For anyone seeking such fulfilment I would recommend that they consider volunteer work without any hesitation.  Give a little back after you have taken so much from society.'

Robin Redsull, costumed and school activities volunteer.

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A volunteer at Bodiam Castle in East Sussex dressed as a medieval bee-keeper

Volunteer roles at Bodiam

  • Raffle ticket sellers
  • Welcome volunteers - working at the castle gate
  • Castle View coffee shop volunteers
  • Retail volunteers - helping in our Castle gift shop
  • School activities volunteers - working with school groups
  • Events volunteers - helping with in-house events activities
  • Craft volunteers - helping with craft activities at in-house events
  • Buggy drivers - for our mobility buggy

Are you looking for a new adventure?

We believe that life is one long adventure and we'd love to join in with yours. If you're ready to get involved, follow the link below and search all our volunteer roles by typing 'Bodiam Castle, Robertsbridge', in the 'Enter a Location' box; or give us a call on 01435 884845 to find out more. We also have volunteer enquiry cards available at visitor reception, just ask a member of the team.