Wildlife weekend

Step inside the castle walls and meet some of the diverse wildlife of the surrounding Purbeck landscape.

  • Booking not needed
  • Free event (admission applies)

Join local experts in our nature tent and find out more about bats, moths and reptiles. This is a unique opportunity to meet some of our beautiful local wildlife close up.

Wildlife Talks:

11am Moths

12pm Reptiles

1pm Bats

2pm Spider Walk

3pm Moths

4pm Reptiles

5pm Bats


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


Off peak
Gift Aid Standard
Adult £10.50 £9.50
Child £5.30 £4.75
Family £26.20 £23.75
One adult and up to three children £15.70 £14.25
Group Adult N/A £8.50
Group Child N/A £4.20
Gift Aid Standard
Adult £11.50 £10.40
Child £5.80 £5.20
Family £28.60 £26.00
One adult and up to three children £17.20 £15.60
Group Adult N/A £9.30
Group Child N/A £4.60

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: 1-2 January, 10-18 February, 30 March -15 April, 21-22, 28-29 April, 5-7, 12-13, 19-20 May, 26 May – 3 June, 9-10, 16-17, 23-24 June, 30 June- 1 July, 7-8, 14-31 July, 1-31 August, 1-2, 8-9, 15-16, 22-23, 29-30 September, 6-7, 13-14, 20-28 October

Off peak: at all other times.

Under 5s: free. Child price applies for 5-18 year olds (inclusive).
Family ticket admits two adults plus up to three 5-18 year olds for the price of two adults plus one 5-18 year old. 
One adult family ticket admits one adult plus up to three 5-18 year olds for the price of one adult plus one 5-18 year old. 
Visitors arriving by public transport are offered a discount voucher redeemable at the shop or tea-rooms. This offer applies at all times.

The basics

Dogs on leads are welcome.
Please be aware that there are steps, steep slopes and uneven paths in the castle. There is wheelchair access to the Outer Bailey only.


Event opening times and availability
Day Times Availability
15 September 2018 10:30 - 17:00 Available
16 September 2018 10:30 - 17:00 Available
22 September 2018 10:30 - 17:00 Available
23 September 2018 10:30 - 17:00 Available

Contact Info

Corfe Castle
Call 01929 481294

Upcoming events

Time traveller's kitchen

Sat 21 Jul 2018
The 'Time Traveller's Kitchen' demonstrates culinary delights from the Seventeenth Century, using ingredients from Purbeck's land, sea and sky.

17th-century murder mystery

Wed 25 Jul 2018
Enjoy an evening picnic within the castle ruins and then join our hosts as they move through the castle. Can you solve the seventeenth century mystery of the lost treasure?

Civil War encampment

Sat 28 Jul 2018
Take a step back in time this summer holidays to the English Civil War (1642 - 1651), where a journey of discovery and intrigue awaits.

Cinema under the stars

Fri 24 Aug 2018
This August bank holiday, Purbeck Film Festival present open air cinema at Corfe Castle. Come and experience the magic of watching a film with family and friends within the castle ruins.

Heathland heritage walk

Wed 29 Aug 2018
Explore the historical past of Slepe Heath on a 2 hour guided heritage walk.

Open Air Theatre: Hound of the Baskervilles

Wed 05 Sep 2018
Illyria (equity) presents: The Hounds of the Baskervilles