Knights in Training at Corfe Castle

Corfe Castle has to be one of our favourite spots to visit in Dorset.

Owned by the National Trust, Corfe Castle is one of Britain’s most iconic survivors of the English Civil War and once at the top of the hill, offers amazing views over the Purbeck Hills.

There is a small car park at the bottom of the hill and an easy to follow path up to the castle with information posts for the kids to find with details of local wildlife they can see on the walk.

Corfe Castle

We haven’t visited the castle for a while and half way along the path we spotted a sign for a playtrail, so took a detour and found a set of fun wooden activities for the kids to try.

Corfe Castle

There were balance beams, stepping stones and a fun wobbly bridge to really test their balancing skills.

Corfe Castle

The path then led back to the main path and a bridge to cross the river, or you could choose to go across on stepping stones. I headed for the bridge with Sebby whilst Hubby and Isaac chose the stepping stones to get across.

Corfe Castle

We continued up the path, listening to the sound of the Church bells which were pealing loudly and stopped to watch a wedding party arrive at the church, whilst Isaac studied the history of the castle before heading into the castle grounds.

Corfe Castle

We spotted some knights costumes to try on as we came in but Sebby isn’t keen on dressing up so picked up a kids challenge sheet and continued up to the castle.

Corfe Castle

It is quite a steep walk up to the top but the boys managed and were soon exploring all the nooks and crannies and climbing up the walls.

Corfe Castle

I am always astounded by how the slighted walls stay standing, but they are perfect for a photo op with Isaac.

Corfe Castle

Train loving Sebastian got very excited by the sight of a steam train below.

Steam Train

Isaac found all the shields with the answers to the questions on whilst we took in the sights below……

Corfe Castle

……..and then enjoyed playing the fool.

Corfe Castle

On the way back down the hill, Isaac claimed his prize for getting all the answers and persuaded Sebby to get dressed up.

Corfe Castle

Give a child a sword and shield and they immediately launch into battle.

Corfe Castle

Sebby took his role as a Knight very seriously!

Corfe Castle

I think we actually spent more time playing than we did exploring the castle.

Corfe Castle

It was lovely to see the boys bonding without having their sister, who was on a Rainbows trip, interfere with their game.

Corfe Castle

I am hoping that Sebby now realises that it is fun to dress up, which will encourage him to do it again in the future.

Corfe Castle

Once we finally managed to prise them out of their costumes, we stopped for an ice cream before heading back the way we came and to the carpark……..

Corfe Castle

…. and headed home aboard the Sandbanks chain ferry.

Sandbanks

Have you been to Corfe Castle before?

27 thoughts on “Knights in Training at Corfe Castle

  1. Ha ha – I LOVED this post because we were here last month and have so many of the same posed photos [holding up the walls, the gate, the stocks…]. We LOVED it and can’t wait to go again, I had no idea it was so close to us!

  2. This looks amazing. I love the little play areas dotted around. We used to visit an old castle ruins when I was little and me and my cousins would race each other up the tower… I actually got stuck one year and my Dad had to come and get me. He never lets me live it down!

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