A FAMILY adventure awaits at historic Corfe Castle this half term. There’s something to do around the ruins whatever the weather.

On Saturday visitors can get up close with birds of prey and see them perform airborne stunts as the National Trust property launches a series of events throughout June tracing the development of falconry from the dark ages up to the seventeenth century.

The first stone of Corfe Castle was laid more than 1,000 years ago. Since then it’s seen its fair share of battles, mysteries and plots.

The keep was built in the early 12th century for King Henry I, William the Conqueror’s son. Standing 21m tall and on the top of a 55m high hill, the Purbeck limestone tower could be seen from miles around.

The castle may now only be a ruin but there’s lots to discover.

On a castle quest, children can spot all the shields to claim a prize and have fun with quest activity booklets. They can also try on medieval costumes. As well as great views at the top of the hill, families can also go exploring on a wildlife walk.

And don’t forget to look out for ravens at the castle – an old legend claims that if the birds ever leave the site something bad will happen. But don’t worry, ravens have been nesting at Corfe quite happily for hundreds of years.

For more information call 01929 481294 or see nationaltrust.