Fortress gives up secrets of knights and archers

AIM HIGH:  Have a go at archery at Corfe Castle

AIM HIGH: Have a go at archery at Corfe Castle

First published in Dorset Echo: Photograph of the Author by , Senior Reporter

LEARN about the knights and archers of old at a 1,000-year-old castle.

Corfe Castle stands overlooking the Purbeck Hills, just a few miles away from the Jurassic Coastline.

This Easter take the family to explore one of Britain’s most iconic castles from the English Civil War, which was partially demolished in 1646 by the Parliamentarians.

Discover 1,000 years of history as the castle was a Royal palace and fortress. The castle is now run by the National Trust. Visitors can explore the fallen walls and arrow loops, and learn about the tales of treachery and treason.

This Easter, as well as spotting the different wildlife that has made its home in the castle grounds, youngsters can get involved in a Cadbury Easter egg trail. Follow the trail around the castle and win a chocolate treat.

There will also be the chance to meet medieval archers until April 21 and from April 26-27. The Wolfshead Bowmen and Companie of the Silver Arrow will be at the castle, helping to bring the past to life. A medieval encampment, demonstrations of combat, archery displays and have-a-go sessions will all be available.

n Corfe Castle is open at 10am daily. Call 01929 481294 or email

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