Siege event at Kenilworth Castle

Castle Siege Events 2017

Some of the most important military victories and losses in England were not fought on battlefields, but were sieges of castles and important buildings.

From giant stone-throwing machine capable of hurling boulders 300 yards, to disease and starvation, siege warfare was dangerous and could last for months.  

Experience the power of the castle siege for yourself at our siege events across England. 

Siege Events

  • Three men in beige outfits, metal protective body plates and brown suede gloves, carrying massive wooden jousting poles.

    The Great Rebellion

    Sun 30 Apr - Mon 1 May 2017 11am-5pm

    See Kenilworth’s Civil War history brought alive as Europe’s largest re-enactment society, the Sealed Knot, sets up camp within the castle walls.

  • A child using a wooden bow and arrow.

    After the Siege: The Knights Templar

    Sat 10 - Sun 11 Jun 2017 10am-5pm

    On the 800th anniversary since The Battle of Sandwich, also called the Battle of Dover, meet some of the Knights Templar.

  • Knights with spears on the top of a castle wall.

    Prudhoe under Siege!

    Sat 3 - Sun 4 Jun 2017 11am-5pm

    Prudhoe Castle is under siege once again! Watch the drama unfold throughout the day and visit the attacking and defending armies in their camps.

  • Four people dressed as knights holding ladders and pikes over a wall.

    The Story of Conisbrough Siege

    Sat 1 & Sun 2 Jul 2017 11am-5pm

    This year marks the 700th anniversary since the Conisbrough Siege. Storytellers will recall the tale of the siege and defence of the castle.

  • Two children playing with wooden miniature catapults.

    Castle Attack!

    Mon 24 - Fri 28 Jul 2017 11am-5pm

    Join in with our miniature castle siege at Framlingham Castle... take cover!

  • Two children playing with wooden miniature catapults.

    Castle Attack!

    Mon 21 - Fri 25 Aug 2017 11am-5pm

    Join in with our miniature castle siege at Bolsover Castle... take cover!

How To Lay Siege To A Castle

Siege warfare requires different tactics to fighting on a battlefield.

As sieges could last for months, keeping up morale was essential, and psychological warfare could damage an army as much as a trebuchet or crossbow. From taunting the enemy to carefully stocking up on provisions, find out how to attack and defend a castle during a siege.

Kenilwoth Castle siege

10 Things You Probably Didn't Know About Sieges

Did soldiers defending castles really pour hot oil over the walls onto the attacking armies below? Which place in England has been besieged more than any other?

Sieges have often been dramatised for film and television, but how many of these facts about the realities of siege warfare did you know?

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The longest siege in English history was at Kenilworth Castle

The Longest Siege in English History

Discover the Siege of Kenilworth Castle, which lasted 172 days and was so ruinously expensive that King Henry III was forced to sell jewels from Westminster Abbey to help pay for it.

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