Christmas at Corfe Castle

Tudor Christmas at Corfe Castle

Traditions old and new are the focus of a magical Christmas at Corfe Castle this December.

Lord of Misrule Story Telling

Returning this year for daytime tours is Corfe Castle’s very own Lord of Misrule.

Far back in the mists of history, at the darkest time of the year the Lord of Misrule was chosen to oversee the fun and frivolity of the Christmas feast.

Swapping places with the lord of the manor, they had complete power over all the guests in choosing the games, dances and other entertainments. 

Take a step back to the 17th century where our very own Lord of Misrule will take you on an interactive journey through the ruins of the castle and teach you the games, dances, stories and Christmas traditions of days gone by. 

  • 4-5 December, 11-12 December, 18-23 December and 27-31 December. Tours at 10.30am, 11.30am, 1pm and 2pm.

Twelve Days of Christmas family quest

Search for the shields hidden in the castle ruins and complete the activities on a special Christmas Castle Quest.

When the English Civil War of the 1640s brought a puritan-led government to power they quickly passed laws to ban ‘sinful’ Christmas celebrations, many of which they said were pagan in origin.

Discover the changing Christmas traditions during this turbulent time and think about how the Bankes family of Corfe Castle, loyal royalists, might have defied Parliament and celebrated Christmas despite the restrictions.

  • Throughout December

Lord of Misrule Story Telling and the Twelve Days of Christmas family quest are free events but normal admission charges apply - free to National Trust members.

Marshmallows, Firepits and Festivities

Take time to relax and enjoy a winter warmer in the seasonal setting of Corfe Castle. Gather around a fire pit with a warm drink from the 17th Century tea-room and toast some tasty marshmallows.

Listen out for sounds of Christmas and enjoy a medieval castle dressed for this festive time of year.

Make a wish for the yuletide season on the wishing bridge at the south west gate house.

  • 4-5 December, 11-12 December, 18-23 December and 27-31 December.