Castle Characters at Bodiam Castle
This spring and summer the team at Bodiam Castle are bringing to life the people who would have once lived and worked there. The Castle Characters display will see the introduction of eight child-size illustrations by Scarlett Woodman, who, as well as being an artist, is a member of the Bodiam conservation team. These will be placed in different locations around the castle. Information shields sat alongside will reveal what we think the rooms would have looked like in 1385, how they were used and what roles the characters played in castle life. From Saturday 4 May, these child-size illustrations offer a great photo opportunity for families.
There will be plenty to keep younger visitors busy as Castle Characters continues over the summer holidays. The Castle Steward will be patrolling the courtyard every day; setting missions for children, telling the castle’s history and helping visitors join the National Trust in conserving and caring for this special place.
The Medieval Mop Fair is taking place weekly, from Monday to Friday, throughout the summer holidays. Children will have the opportunity to become one of the castle characters for the day as they complete activities to see if they can get a job in the castle. Activities on offer will include object handling; including replica medieval armour, costumes and crafts. The Castle Steward and Medieval Mop Fair will run from Wednesday 24 July to Tuesday 3 September.
Heather Packham, Visitor Experience Manager at Bodiam Castle said “We are really keen to show visitors the medieval history of the castle and the fascinating lives of the kind of people who may have lived and worked here”