Celebrate St. George's Day at Bodiam Castle

Bring the family along to Bodiam Castle on 23 & 24 April and celebrate England's patron saint, George. We had dragon's eggs here at Easter and now is the chance for your brave knights and princesses to face the dragon itself.

A child with a mail hood and wooden sword at Bodiam Castle gate

St. George's Day celebrations

Dragons go well with castles and this St. George's Day bold young knights and princesses can try out their jousting skills on our dragon quintaine.  For those less bold, use our hobby horses to joust with your friends or if it's wet then have a go at egg and spoon jousting instead.

Once you've defeated your enemy, then wander into our craft tent where we'll have some fun activities to have a go at.  Most activities will be free of charge but some may carry a small charge.

Hobby horse jousting
Two boys jousting on hobby horses
Hobby horse jousting

Armour room talks

On Saturday 23 April our armour room will be open from 11.15am until 3.45pm.  Join one of our experts for a 30mins talk on the armour that knights like St. George would have worn when riding into battle.

Talks will start at quarter past and quarter to the hour and can be booked in the castle courtyard.  Places are limited to 12 people per session on a first come, first served basis.  There are no talks at 12.15pm and 12.45pm.

Morris dancing and a mumming play

On Sunday 24 April, celebrate the arrival of Spring with the Rabble Morris group.

As winter sheds its cloak it's time for Morris dancers to don theirs, pick up their sticks, shine the bells on their costumes and start dancing to celebrate.    The Rabble Morris group are regular visitors to the castle at this time of the year and they're back again.  

Join them at 11.30am outside the tea room or in front of the castle at 2.30pm, you're sure to be tapping your feet in time.

At 12.30pm, the group will be performing a Mumming play on the castle green.  Come along and join in the fun.

Morris dancers, Bodiam Castle
Rabble Morris group dancing in front of Bodiam Castle
Morris dancers, Bodiam Castle