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Christmas at Corfe Castle

Corfe Castle at dusk with lights and fire pits
Christmas at Corfe Castle @National Trust Images, Jon Bish | © @National Trust Images, Jon Bish

Events for Christmas 2023 at Corfe Castle have finished. Come back later in the year to see what we have planned for 2024. For Christmas 2023 we invite you to get into the festive spirit with a visit to Corfe Castle where you can discover winter traditions old and new. Wayward children are invited to join our rather curious Christmas storytelling tour, help Monty Mouse and friends on their hunt for a festive feast in our new family quest, warm up around our fire pits, toast marshmallows and make a Christmas wish on our wishing bridge.

Help Monty Mouse on his hunt for a festive feast

Monty Mouse and his friends are hosting a festive feast in the ruins of Corfe Castle for all the mice in the village. But there’s a problem; he has mislaid the ingredients for their dessert!

Can you help Monty Mouse find the ingredients and save the celebration? Explore the ruins and find the village mice as they get ready for the festive season with our new family trail.

For opening times and prices see: Corfe Castle | Dorset | National Trust

Join a storytelling tour with Corfe Castle's Rather Curious Christmas

Step right up and join Professor J. Winters for a rather curious Christmas tour of Corfe Castle. Participate in real Victorian Christmas tales with a twist written for wayward children of all ages. See if you can become a Christmas champion of perfect parlour games, Learn to make the most irritating party instrument of all ages and of course see if you can master a delightful Christmas dance.

Tours will begin at 11am, 12:30pm and 2pm (New Year's day 12:30pm and 2pm)

Weekends and school holidays in December | Normal admission applies | Free to National Trust Members

For opening times and prices see: Corfe Castle | Dorset | National Trust

Toast marshmallows, warm up by the fire and enjoy the festivities

Take time to relax and enjoy warming up around fire pits and toasting marshmallows. Natural decorations will be sprinkled around the castle, collected from across the Purbeck estate, and you can make a Christmas pledge for nature on the wishing bridge at the south west gate house

Weekends and school holidays in December | Normal admission applies | Free to National Trust Members

Christmas Festivities at Corfe Castle | National Trust

Winter Solstice sunrise at Corfe Castle

Watch the sun rise over East Hill on the shortest day of the year from the top of the castle. Explore the ruins and keep cosy around a fire pit with some roasted marshmallows in the Outer Bailey,

Bring a camping chair for added comfort.

Thursday 21 December | 7am | Normal admission applies | Free for National Trust members

More information: Winter Solstice sunrise at Corfe Castle

People toasting marshmallows on the fire
Toast marshmallows on the fire | © Steve Franklin / National Trust Images
Outside the tea-room at Corfe Castle, Dorset in summer

Eating and shopping at Corfe Castle 

Situated in an 18th century former cottage, the Tea-room at Corfe Castle serves a delicious menu of hot and cold food, drinks, cakes and bakes. Afterwards, stop off at the Shop to discover beautiful collections of homewares, gifts and locally made ranges to take home with you. The second-hand book shop located in Castle View is also filled with literary treasures.

A group of people of all ages having a tour of castle ruins

Things to see and do at Corfe Castle 

Corfe Castle offers plenty to see and do, including walks around the ruins, a audio trail and wildlife spotting in the surrounding hills. Find out more.