Demonstrations by Call to Arms 

Be transported back in time and onto the Medieval battlefield with expert demonstrations. 

  • Booking not needed
  • Free event (admission applies)

Call to Arms are a group of volunteers with a passion for history and training in Historical European Martial Arts. Dressed in full armour, they show what medieval combat may have looked like, through showing weapons and explaining techniques.

Members of Call to Arms will be available to answer questions 10.30am–3.30pm.

Displays will be held at 11.30am and 2.30pm.

21 May, 18 June, 9 July, 17 September


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 £12.10 £11.00
Child £6.10 £5.50
Family £30.30 £27.50
Family, one adult £18.20 £16.50
Group Adult
Minimum group size 15
N/A £10.45
Group Child
Minimum group size 15
N/A £5.25

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...

Free entry for National Trust members. 

A child ticket is valid for anyone aged 5-17 years old. Under 5's are free.
A family ticket is valid for 2 adults and up to 3 children aged 5-17 years old.

Discounted entry on days when the castle is closed.

The basics

Suitable for all ages.
Meeting point
Meet in the castle courtyard.
What to bring and wear
Please wear clothing appropriate to the weather. This outdoor activity is weather dependent, and occasionally may need to be changed or cancelled at short notice. 
Step free route to this part of the castle courtyard, accessible for wheelchair users. 

Contact Info

Bodiam Castle
Call 01580 830196

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