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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.

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  • Victoria's Fabulous Garden Party

    Victoria's Fabulous Garden Party

    Tue 30 May - Thu 1 Jun 2017 10am-5pm

    Enjoy a traditional garden extravaganza with side saddle riders, jugglers, sideshows, sun, sea, tea and cake.

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

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

    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

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

    Go beyond the battlefield to explore our half term nature trail, enjoy storytelling and get involved with crafts.

  • Re-enactors in uniform

    World War I Weekend

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

    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

    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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