Corfe Castle

A volunteer at Corfe Castle

Volunteering in 2018

Why not try something new in 2018? Join our friendly team of volunteers and help make every visit to Corfe Castle a special one.

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.

Upcoming events

February half term: The Great Escape and castle quest

Sat 10 Feb 2018
10:00-16:00
Can you help one of our poor knights flee the clutches of King John? Bring your own brave teddy to the rescue and help one of our knights escape down the zip wire from the Castle Keep.

February half term: Wild Green Tales

Sat 10 Feb 2018
10:30-11:15
Find out about local legends from the land and sea, magical myths of wild plants & animals, and ripping yarns of green-hearted knights.

February half term: Warwolf II missile launch

Sat 10 Feb 2018
11:15-11:45
Witness a missile launch from Corfe Castle's resident trebuchet (medieval siege engine). Come and see how far the missiles will go! Every day during half-term at 11.15am, 12.30pm and 2pm.

February half term: steel, fire and stone of the English Civil War

Thu 15 Feb 2018
10:30-11:15
Become a Royalist recruit and discover the weapons and armour used during the sieges of Corfe in 1643 and 1645.

Mother's Day at Corfe Castle

Sun 11 Mar 2018
10:00-17:00
Treat your mum to a day out at Corfe Castle, where you will also discover the story of Lady Bankes, the last resident of the castle and mother of 14 children. There will be lovely gifts in our shop and a special Mother's Day Tea.

17th Century Archery

Tue 03 Apr 2018
10:00-17:00
Take a step into the past and enjoy learning about the uses of the longbow during the 17th Century. Shooting displays as well as have-a-go archery (£2 for 5 arrows)
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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.