Civil War: Besieged

Experience musket drills, weaponry displays and a dramatic re-enactment of the first siege in 1642.

  • Booking not needed
  • Free event (admission applies)

Experience musket drills, weaponry displays and a dramatic re-enactment of the first siege in 1642.

Prices

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

Prices

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
Peak
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

Suitability
Children must be accompanied by a responsible adult
Dogs on leads are welcome.
Accessibility
The castle by its very nature has steep slopes, hidden drops, uneven paths and steps. Please take care as historical sites can be dangerous
Other
11:00 - Join the gathering of the villagers in the square. At the beat of a drum Lady Bankes summons tenants and friends to support her and join her in the castle. 11:30 - Attempted seizing of the cannon (one cannon shot will be fired). 12:00 - Watch Lord Hopton's Regiment of Foote perform pike and musket drills (expect musket fire). 12:45pm - Civil War soldiers' academy: Children are invited to join Lord Hopton's Regiment and take part in their own pike drill. 1pm - Living history: Lady Mary Bankes dines with her cavalier officers in the officers' mess. 2:30pm - The assault: The roundheads are lavished with 'strong water' to persuade them to attack. 3:30 - General salute. 5pm - Event close. Please note that the musket fire can be very loud, not all dogs or young children appreciate it! Firing times are published in advance.

Times

Event opening times and availability
Day Times Availability
27 May 2018 10:30 - 17:00 Available

Contact Info

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

Upcoming events

Civil War: Besieged

Sun 27 May 2018
10:30-17:00
Experience musket drills, weaponry displays and a dramatic re-enactment of the first siege in 1642.

Corfe Castle village May Fair

Mon 28 May 2018
10:00-17:00
Enjoy wondering around a selection of different stalls organized by Corfe Castle village this May bank holiday.

'Land':nature tales from the Mother of the Mound

Tue 29 May 2018
10:00-17:00
Thora, a 3,000 year old spirit, waits to be woken. What pearls of wisdom will she reveal?

Wildlife weekend

Fri 01 Jun 2018
10:30-17:00
Step inside the castle walls and meet some of the diverse wildlife of the surrounding Purbeck landscape.

Civil War Falconry

Sat 09 Jun 2018
10:00-17:00
Come and meet our birds of prey and learn about the famous falconers who became embroiled in the English Civil War.

Open Air Theatre: Dr Dolittle

Thu 28 Jun 2018
19:00-21:30
Illyria (equity) presents: Dr Dolittle; a funny, much-loved and exciting adventure, with a strong message about responsibility towards animals and the environment.