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May Half Term Events and days out

Enjoy great days out and exciting events this May bank holiday and throughout half term. Witness medieval combat as knights clash at our tournaments, or step back in time to the 1940s as WWII weekend comes to Dover Castle.

May half term events

Here's a taster of some of our top events over the May half term. You can also search through all of our events here.

  • Fighting knights.

    Medieval Weekend

    Sat 27 - Mon 29 May 2017 11am-5pm

    WARKWORTH CASTLE
    Celebrate the story of one of Northumberland's most iconic castles with a weekend of Medieval festivities.

  • Children spinning plates learning circus skills.

    A Very Victorian Weekend

    Sun 28 - Mon 29 May 2017 11am-5pm

    WITLEY COURT
    Expect historical high-jinx including live equestrian entertainment and Victorian falconry displays.

  • Kinghts in full chain armoury, covering their bodies and heads, and a red fabric vest top.

    Clash of Knights

    Sun 28 & Mon 29 May 2017 10.30am-5pm

    BOLSOVER CASTLE
    Experience the ferocity of real medieval combat as armoured knights clash and fight to be named champion.

  • Joust!

    Sun 28 - Mon 29 May 2017 11am-5pm

    BEESTON CASTLE
    Experience a spectacle of speed and skill as knights on horseback clash in this high-speed contest.

  • Butlers and Banquets

    Sat 29 Apr - Mon 1 May 2017 11am-4pm

    APSLEY HOUSE
    Learn from the best with top tips from dressing a table to choosing a menu fit for the first Duke of Wellington.

  • A bearded man with red waistcoast and grey jacket holds a pistol and knife as he stands on a boat in front of a coastal castle.

    Smugglers & Sea Dogs

    Sun 28 May - Fri 2 Jun 2017 11am-5pm

    DARTMOUTH CASTLE
    Budding young marauders can enjoy musket drills, smugglers’ quest & tales of dastardly deeds this half term.

  • Re-enactors in uniform

    World War I Weekend

    Sat 29 Apr - Mon 1 May 2017 11am-5pm

    RICHMOND CASTLE
    See the First World War brought to life through immersive storytelling and short dramatic performances.

  • Three people in military uniform riding white horses.

    Wrest at War

    Sun 28 & Mon 29 May 2017 10.30am-5pm

    WREST PARK
    Experience wartime Britain at Wrest Park with an action-packed weekend of displays and explosive action.

Wide view of the WWII weekend at Dover Castle

Featured Event

WWII Weekend, 27-29 May, Dover Castle

Soak up the atmosphere in the military encampments and get up close to a full size replica Spitfire at our biggest event of the year. Meet the Land Girls, visit the 1940s beauty parlour for a victory roll hairdo, then revive that wartime spirit with a lovely brew from the original NAAFI wagon. It's a day to remember for all ages.

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