Secrets of the Sappers quest

The year is 1646 and Corfe Castle is under siege. Explore the ruins and learn how the deceitful sappers went about destroying Corfe Castle and what this meant for those who called Corfe Castle home.

  • Booking not needed
  • Free event (admission applies)

The year is 1646 and Corfe Castle is under siege. Explore the ruins and learn how the deceitful sappers under the command of Colonel Pitman went about destroying Corfe Castle. What did this mean for those who called Corfe Castle home?

Hunt around the castle ruins to find the clues answering questions along the way. Don't forget to collect your prize once you have completed the quest.

The quest is free but standard admission applies

Prices

Event ticket prices
This event is free, but normal admission charges apply for the venue.
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Corfe Castle

Prices

2022
Gift Aid Standard
Adult £11.00 £10.00
Child £5.50 £5.00
Family £27.50 £25.00
Group Adult N/A £9.00
Group Child N/A £4.50

What is Gift Aid?

Most of our places run the Gift Aid on Entry scheme at their admission points.

Under this scheme, if you're not a member you have the choice of two entry tickets:

  • Gift Aid Admission
  • Standard Admission

If the place runs Gift Aid on Entry, we'll offer you a clear choice between the Gift Aid Admission prices and the Standard Admission prices at the admission point. It's entirely up to you which ticket you choose.

Gift Aid Admission includes a 10 per cent or more voluntary donation. Gift Aid Admissions let us reclaim tax on the whole amount paid - an extra 25 per cent - potentially a very significant boost to our places' funds.

An extra £1 paid under the scheme can be worth over £3 to the National Trust as shown below:

  Gift Aid Standard
Amount paid by visitor £11.00 £10.00
Tax refund from Government* £2.75 £0.00
Total received by the National Trust £13.75 £10.00

 

*Gift Aid Admissions let us reclaim tax on the whole amount paid - an extra 25 per cent - potentially a very significant boost to our places' funds.

Please note...

Corfe Castle is open every day and you don't need to book your visit in advance.

National Trust Members: free.

Under 5s: free.

Child price applies for 5-18 year olds (inclusive).

Family ticket admits two adults plus up to three children.

The basics

Suitability
This is a family friendly event
Meeting point
The quest will begin in the Outer Bailey of Corfe Castle
What to bring and wear
Clothing suitable for exploring a ruined castle
Accessibility
Please ask a member of the team for accessible options for this trail. Please email ahead so we are best prepared to meet your needs - corfecastle@nationaltrust.org.uk

Contact Info

Name
Corfe Castle
Email
corfecastle@nationaltrust.org.uk
Telephone
Call 01929 481294

Upcoming events

The Castle the King Built trail with Nosy Crow

Mon 15 Aug 2022
10:00-17:00
Discover the characters of the book hidden around the castle ruins. As you seek out each character, learn a little more about their real-life role at Corfe Castle.

Historic Games at Corfe Castle

Mon 15 Aug 2022
10:00-18:00
At Corfe Castle this summer, discover a plethora of historic games and activities.

Quiet hour at Corfe Castle

Wed 17 Aug 2022
09:00-10:00
Enjoy a peaceful hour at Corfe Castle. This bookable event encourages peace and quiet within the hour of 9-10 am on Wednesday morning.

Outdoor Theatre: The Gunpowder Plot

Thu 18 Aug 2022
19:00-21:30
The Three Inch Fools hit the road with a bang. Cue an explosive evening of short fuses and tall tales, as five actors try to pull off the most infamous conspiracy in history

Guided Walk - Purbeck Ridgeway and East Corfe Common

Thu 25 Aug 2022
13:00-15:30
Join Ben Buxton on a guided walk exploring East Corfe Common and the Purbeck Ridgeway

Outdoor Cinema: SING 2 (U)

Fri 26 Aug 2022
20:45-21:40
Purbeck Film Festival present Sing 2 at National Trust Corfe Castle. In Sing 2, the story of affable koala Buster Moon and the gang continues as they take their singing show to the big city.