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Christmas at Bodiam Castle

Sleigh and decorated Christmas tree at Bodiam Castle, East Sussex
Christmas sleigh at Bodiam Castle, East Sussex | © National Trust/Jennifer Coe

'This information is about Christmas 2023, we'll update for 2024 nearer the time.' For Christmas 2023 at Bodiam Castle, enjoy winter walks in the fresh air, treats in the tea-room and photos on a festive sleigh. There's the chance to listen to a story in the castle, have a go at some festive crafts, enjoy some live Christmas music performed by local groups and take part in a Christmas trail.

Tower room at Bodiam Castle with decorated Christmas tree and Father Christmas post box
Christmas tower room at Bodiam Castle | © Jennifer Coe

A Bodiam Castle Christmas

25 November – 1 January (closed 24 & 25 December) 10am–3pm

Enjoy a magical Christmas at Bodiam Castle. With trees lining the courtyard, twinkling lights all around and atmospheric tower rooms, immerse yourself in the festive spirit.

You’ll find Father Christmas’s sleigh in the courtyard where you can jump on and get dressed up in festive costumes to take the perfect Christmas photo. Families can write a letter to Father Christmas in the grotto.

A naughty elf has left gifts lying around the castle. Join the Christmas Trail to help Father Christmas and spot the presents (£2 + admission, includes a small prize).

Say hello to your favourite festive friends as you explore the castle courtyard from 16-23 December.

From 19–23 December, families can have a go at some creative Christmas crafts, perfect to take away with you and display at home (£3 / £5 per craft item).

Join us and listen to live Christmas music performed by local community groups against the stunning backdrop of the medieval ruins of Bodiam Castle. Enjoy festive favourites in the courtyard on selected dates through December.

Father and Mother Christmas waving across the moat at Bodiam Castle, East Sussex
Father and Mother Christmas at Bodiam Castle | © National Trust Images/Elizabeth Vessey

Winter walks at Bodiam Castle

Enjoy the beauty of the castle under clear, cool skies and crisp winter days. Grab your wellies or walking boots and enjoy a gentle walk around the grounds and take in the castle walls surrounded by the moat. Keep your eyes peeled for photo opportunities and views across the Rother valley.

Eating and shopping

Whether it's a present for a loved one or a treat for yourself, a snuggly throw or an inspiring cookbook, our shop is packed with great gift ideas. The Wharf Tea-room is open for hot meals or a festive mince pie and a warming drink.

A view of the classic pale stone Bodiam Castle with towers and crenellations surrounded a moat and greenery

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