Tudor Christmas: Storytelling

Join our Lord of Misrule on a journey through the romantic ruins. Find out about the rich history of Tudor traditions and maybe participate in a play or a game or two. Please note storytelling on 21st December will end at 4pm.

  • Booking not needed
  • Free event (admission applies)

During the reign of Elizabeth I, Christmas was a mixed affair with traditions travelling back to the middle ages. In Tudor times the rich and poor might find themselves at the same festivities; a time when a commoner might rule for a day and a lord wait upon them.

Storytelling at 10:30, 11:30, 1pm, 2pm & 3pm. Two further slots will be running on our Winter Lights evenings at 4:30 & 5:30pm.

Prices

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

Prices

Off peak
Gift Aid Standard
Adult £9.90 £9.00
Child £4.95 £4.50
Family £24.75 £22.50
1 adult and up to 3 children £14.85 £13.50
Group Adult N/A £8.50
Group Child N/A £4.04
Peak
Gift Aid Standard
Adult £10.50 £9.54
Child £5.25 £4.77
Family £26.25 £23.86
1 adult and up to 3 children £15.75 £14.32
Group Adult N/A £8.55
Group Child N/A £4.28

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 or
  • Standard admission

If the place runs Gift Aid on Entry, we'll offer you the Gift Aid Admission prices. But it's entirely up to you which ticket you choose. If you want the Standard Admission instead, just let us know when you come to pay.

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: Payment of the additional percentage donation is entirely voluntary, so if you prefer to pay the standard admission please advise our reception staff at the till point.

  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 donations must be supported by a valid Gift Aid declaration and a Gift Aid declaration can only cover donations made by an individual for him/herself or for him/herself and members of his/her family.

Please note...

Peak: 4-5 March, 11-12 March, 18-19 March, 25-26 March, 1-2 April, 8 -23 April, 29 April -1 May, 6-7 May, 13-14 May, 20-21 May, 27 May -4 June, 10-11 June, 17-18 June, 24-25 June, 8-31 July, 1-27 August, 2-3 Sept., 9-10 Sept., 16-17 Sept., 23-24 Sept., 30 Sept.-1 Oct., 7-8 Oct., 21-29 October. 
Off peak: at all other times.

Visitors arriving by public transport are offered a discount voucher redeemable at the shop or tea-rooms. This offer applies at all times.

Family tickets admit two adults and up to three children under the age of 17. 
One adult family tickets admit one adult and up to three children under the age of 17.

The basics

Suitability
Children must be accompanied by a responsible adult.
Dogs on leads are welcome.
What to bring and wear
If you're visiting after dusk please bring a torch for the walk from the car park up to the castle.
Accessibility
The interactive storyteller will take you through the castle; there are steps, steep slopes, and uneven paths. There is wheelchair access to the outer bailey only.
Other
Please note: storytelling involves walking through the castle grounds up to higher levels - suitable footwear for uneven ground recommended.

Times

Event opening times and availability
Day Times Availability
16 December 2017 10:00 - 19:00 Available
17 December 2017 10:00 - 16:00 Available
18 December 2017 10:00 - 19:00 Available
19 December 2017 10:00 - 19:00 Available
20 December 2017 10:00 - 19:00 Available
21 December 2017 10:00 - 16:00 Available
22 December 2017 10:00 - 19:00 Available
23 December 2017 10:00 - 19:00 Available
27 December 2017 10:00 - 19:00 Available
28 December 2017 10:00 - 19:00 Available
29 December 2017 10:00 - 19:00 Available
30 December 2017 10:00 - 19:00 Available
31 December 2017 10:00 - 16:00 Available

Contact Info

Name
Corfe Castle
Email
corfecastle@nationaltrust.org.uk
Telephone
Call 01929 481924

Upcoming events

Tudor Christmas: Storytelling

Sat 16 Dec 2017
10:00-19:00
Join our Lord of Misrule on a journey through the romantic ruins. Find out about the rich history of Tudor traditions and maybe participate in a play or a game or two. Please note storytelling on 21st December will end at 4pm.

Winter Lights

Sat 16 Dec 2017
10:00-19:00
Christmas is a magical time at Corfe Castle. Take in the festive atmosphere with our contemporary lanterns, braziers, beacons and lighting as you explore the castle grounds. Please note winter lights on 21st December is cancelled.

A taste of Tudor time

Sat 16 Dec 2017
18:30-20:30
Join us on 15th & 16th December for a Tudor Christmas feast beside the roaring log fire in our tea-rooms, featuring authentic period recipes accompanied by mulled wine and mead.

Winter Solstice

Thu 21 Dec 2017
07:15-09:00
Experience the rare opportunity to watch the sun rise on the shortest day of the year from the castle ruins.

Half-Term at Corfe Castle

Mon 12 Feb 2018
10:00-16:00
Bring along your own brave teddy to have a go at the fearsome Zip Wire Challenge. Enjoy our themed quest around the castle and take part in a beginners guide on how to defend your castle.

Valentine's Day at Corfe Castle

Wed 14 Feb 2018
10:00-16:00
Explore the romantic ruins of Corfe Castle on Valentine's Day.