Christmas Activities at Bodiam Castle, East Sussex


By Jennifer J Kennedy

The National Trust is offering a range of Christmas activities at one of its many properties throughout the country. Here in East Sussex you can celebrate festivities at the beautiful medieval castle of Bodiam in Robertsbridge.

The castle was built in the 14th century by a former knight of King Edward III, Edward Dalyngrigge.  A pretty artificial moat encircles the attractive Castle and although built for defense, aesthetics was an important aspect of the design.  However, Dalyngrigge was unable to enjoy his new home for long because he died in 1395, just three years after it was completed.

But today you can take in the historic architecture and surrounding countryside whilst sampling some mince pies, drinking a glass of mulled wine or two, or eating a festive lunch.

Father Christmas will be visiting Bodiam Castle and children can visit him in his grotto on the 7 & 8, 14 & 15, 21 & 22 of December. Kids will also be able to take part in other activities such as storytelling and crafts. The cost is £3 for infants younger than 18 months, £6.50 for children 18 months to 15 years, and £7.40 for non-member adults.

The castle’s chef will be cooking up Christmas lunch from the 4 to the 22 December, costing  £18.50 for adults and £8.50 for children under 10.

Other activities on offer include a themed trail for families and there will be an opportunity to buy medieval themed toys and gifts, and locally produced food.

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