Corfe Castle

A musketeer stands guard outside Corfe Castle

Meet a Musketeer

Your chance to come face to face with a musketeer from the English Civil War army of King Charles I. Learn how steel and flint can be used to make fire, how to make cartridges for the musket and how to fight with a 17th century sword. Meet a musketeer takes place on the weekends of 28-29 April, 12-13 May and 19-20 May from 10.30am-5.30pm. It’s a free event but normal admission charges apply – free to members of the National Trust.

A view towards Corfe Castle from the Purbeck Ridgeway

Walks near Corfe Castle

Walk in the footsteps of the castle builders, trek the Purbeck Ridgeway or discover history of a different kind on Hartland Moor.

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Upcoming events

Meet a musketeer

Sat 28 Apr 2018
10:30-17:30
Travel back in time and meet a Royalist musketeer of the Civil War. See if you've got what it takes to be a musketeer. Practice your soldier survival skills, including flint & steel fire making, cartridge making and sword school.

Saxons & Vikings: Siege of Wareham

Sat 05 May 2018
10:00-18:00
Witness the sound and fury of Saxon and Viking warriors in pitched battle as they recreate the siege of Wareham. Explore the Saxon village and learn about everyday life during this harsh period.

Civil War: Besieged

Sat 26 May 2018
10:30-17:00
Experience musket drills, weaponry displays and a dramatic re-enactment of the first siege in 1642.

'Land':nature tales from the Mother of the Mound

Tue 29 May 2018
10:00-17:00
Thora, a 3,000 year old spirit, waits to be woken. What pearls of wisdom will she reveal?

Wildlife weekend

Fri 01 Jun 2018
10:30-17:00
Step inside the castle walls and meet some of the diverse wildlife of the surrounding Purbeck landscape.

Civil War Falconry

Sat 09 Jun 2018
10:00-17:00
Come and meet our birds of prey and learn about the famous falconers who became embroiled in the English Civil War.
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Eating and shopping

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History

The keep at Corfe Castle

Kings, martyrs and heroines  

The story of Corfe Castle is the story of all those who have lived, worked and fought here over many centuries.

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Learning

Two boys holding medieval arrows at Corfe Castle, Dorset

Corfe Castle for schools and colleges 

Find out how a visit to Corfe Castle can bring the syllabus to life for students of all ages. Explore history for key stages one, two and three through topics including life in a castle, homes in the past and medieval realms. Conservation for higher education students and adult learning opportunities.

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Wildlife

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Our work

Red Devon cattle on Studland Heath

Farming and conservation 

The National Trust and our farming partners use traditional methods to keep the diverse landscapes of Purbeck beautiful and rich in wildlife.

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Places to stay

Vineyard Farm Cottage in Corfe Castle

Cottages near Corfe Castle 

Vineyard Farm Cottage has superb views of Corfe Castle and is one of a selection of cottages available for your stay in Purbeck. Each has its own character and all are in great rural or village locations.