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.
The Great RebellionSun 30 Apr - Mon 1 May 2017
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.
After the Siege: The Knights TemplarSat 10 - Sun 11 Jun 2017
On the 800th anniversary since The Battle of Sandwich, also called the Battle of Dover, meet some of the Knights Templar.
Prudhoe under Siege!Sat 3 - Sun 4 Jun 2017
Prudhoe Castle is under siege once again! Watch the drama unfold throughout the day and visit the attacking and defending armies in their camps.
The Story of Conisbrough SiegeSat 1 & Sun 2 Jul 2017
This year marks the 700th anniversary since the Conisbrough Siege. Storytellers will recall the tale of the siege and defence of the castle.
Castle Attack!Mon 24 - Fri 28 Jul 2017
Join in with our miniature castle siege at Framlingham Castle... take cover!
Castle Attack!Mon 21 - Fri 25 Aug 2017
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.
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?See More
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.Find Out More
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