October half term at Corfe Castle

A woman in period costume alongside a display of food

Join Mistress Gabrielle the kitchen maid and Thomas the master carver as they prepare for a feast in honour of Sir Christopher Hatton, the first private owner of Corfe Castle. There will be talks, displays and activities for all the family to get involved in.

23 - 31 October 2021

Throughout half term there will be a Tudor food display alongside the Tudor cutler display. 
From expensive spices to highly decorated sweet treats, Mistress Gabrielle talks, or one might say gossips, about the foods arriving from the New World that would have been a stunning sight at Corfe Castle at the time.

Thomas the master carver will be nearby with displays and demonstrations of methods of making and maintaining cutlery traditional to the era.

The Tudor Table

Join in as Gabrielle the kitchen maid and Thomas the master carver prepare to serve a Tudor meal.

There will be fun and frivolity as you dine and discover the do’s and don’ts of Tudor table manners.

Thomas the master carver teaches what’s involved in the making of cutlery during the Tudor period and its importance for day to day life.

Will you catch the two gossiping about the household of Sir Christopher Hatton?

  • The Tudor Table interactive experience takes place at 10.30am, 1.30pm and 3.30pm each day of half term from Saturday 23 to Sunday 31 October.


Travel back to 1572 – the year that Corfe Castle was bought by Sir Christopher Hatton from Elizabeth I.

Learn about fashionable Tudor clothing of the time, discover what a Tudor mealtime might have been like and even learn a Tudor dance.

Grab your trail sheet and pencil, and explore the ruins to find the hidden shields and questions around the castle.

There’s even a Trendy Tudor prize for your efforts.


Come along to enjoy seasonal scenes at Corfe Castle with pumpkins a-plenty. Can you guess how many pumpkins are displayed around the castle?

Half term events and trails are free but standard admission charges apply – free to National Trust members.