Candlelit stories, weekends in Dec & Jan, 11am-3pm

Enjoy the magic of stories by candlelight in the castle.

  • Booking not needed
  • Free event (admission applies)

Join our costumed storytellers for medieval-inspired childrens stories in our candle-lit tower. Storytelling by the fire was a way of keeping sprits up during the dark cold winter months in the medieval times. Help us to keep the tradition alive over the festive period.


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


Whole property
Gift Aid Standard
Adult £10.80 £9.80
Child £5.40 £4.90
Family £27.00 £24.50
Group Adult
Minimum group size 15
N/A £9.30
Group Child
Minimum group size 15
N/A £4.65
Offer tickets - K&ESR
Gift Aid Standard
Adult £9.90 £9.00
Child £4.95 £4.50
Family £24.75 £22.50

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 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...

Offer tickets are applicable to those arriving via the Kent & East Sussex Railway. Visitors will be required to show their travel tickets from this provider.

Car Park: £3.00 per car

Coaches: £50 for 2 hours, unless pre-booked for group visit.

The basics

Children are particularly welcome.
Unfortunately dogs are not welcome at this event.
Meeting point
Storytelling will be in one of our castle towers.
What to bring and wear
Wear warm clothing and sturdy shoes for this mainly outdoor site.
There will be some steps to the storytelling rooms.


Event opening times and availability
Day Times Availability
21 January 2018 11:00 - 15:00 Available
27 January 2018 11:00 - 15:00 Available
28 January 2018 11:00 - 15:00 Available

Contact Info

Bodiam Castle
Call 01580 830196

Upcoming events

Candlelit stories, weekends in Dec & Jan, 11am-3pm

Sun 21 Jan 2018
Enjoy the magic of stories by candlelight in the castle.

Valentine's dinner; Fri 9, Sat 10 & Weds 14 Feb 2018, 6.30pm

Fri 09 Feb 2018
Treat your Valentine to a romantic evening out at our magical medieval castle.

Ladies of Bodiam half-term trail; Sat 10 to Sun 18 Feb, 11am-4pm

Sat 10 Feb 2018
Never mind the Lords! Discover the roles of women and children in medieval England.

World Book Day; Thursday 1 March 2018

Thu 01 Mar 2018
Join us as we celebrate World Book Day.

World Book Day weekend; Sat 3 & Sun 4 March 2018; 11am-4pm

Sat 03 Mar 2018
Join in a weekend celebration for World Book Day.

Curzon & the anti-suffrage movement; Sat 3 March to Mon 3 Sept; 11am-5pm

Sat 03 Mar 2018
As part of the National Trust's 'Women and Power' focus in 2018, we take a look at Lord Curzon's anti-suffrage stance.