Summer Outdoor Entertainment at Corfe Castle

Come along to Corfe Castle this summer and become immersed in wonderful outdoor entertainment in the romantic ruins, nestled in the heart of the Purbeck countryside.

  • Booking not needed
  • Free event (admission applies)

Thursday Theatre at Corfe Castle

This summer holidays enjoy a different production each Thursday night. From Cinderella to Shakespeare there’s something for everyone.

Outdoor Cinema

Corfe Castle welcomes back the Purbeck Film festival for the August bank holiday weekend. Finish your summer holidays with a special treat of a film in the historic ruins of Corfe Castle.

Check in the spring for listings and tickets.


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


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

This is a family friendly activity
Meeting point
Corfe Castle entrace at the Gate House
What to bring and wear
Blankets, chairs and warm clothes as the summer evenings do get chilly!
These events will take place in the Outer Bailey, with step-free access.

Upcoming events

The Castle the King Built trail with Nosy Crow

Sat 02 Jul 2022
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.

Keeper of the Castle: Storytelling tours

Sat 02 Jul 2022
At the gateway to Purbeck, Corfe Castle has stood watch for a thousand years. It has been a fortress, prison, family home and has even drawn the attention of German spies.

Quiet hour at Corfe Castle

Wed 06 Jul 2022
Enjoy a peaceful hour at Corfe Castle. This bookable event encourages peace and quiet within the hour of 9-10 am on Wednesday morning.

Guided Walk - Corfe Common to the hilltop village of Kingston

Sun 10 Jul 2022
Join Ben Buxton on a circular walk across Corfe Common to the hilltop village of Kingston

Corfe before the Castle

Sat 23 Jul 2022
The Wessex Ancient Network invite you to delve into the past with interactive displays, talks and activities.

Outdoor Theatre: Cinderella

Thu 28 Jul 2022
Chapter House Theatre Company Presents Cinderella at Corfe Castle In an enchanted kingdom in a faraway land magical creatures and fairy godmothers come together to tell the best loved of all fairytales.