What's On 2018
29th April, 6th May, 10th June, 8th July and 16th September
Come and meet Alys Winchcombe, our Elizabethan harpist.
Harps have enjoyed a long and vibrant history – and nowhere more so than the Renaissance Court.
Hear an echo of the sounds of Berkeley Castle as it might have been in the times of Henry VIII and Elizabeth I.
Alys will play music from Dowland, Holborne, Morley and others – bouncing galliards, sweet pavanes, soulful ayres, and tell the stories of some of these tunes – matching
them to the portraits and paintings you’ll see in the castle: Baron Hunsdon, the Earl of Essex and Nonesuch Palace.
Alys plays a replica renaissance harp made of sycamore wood with buzzing holly bray pins. She is careful to dress respectably in accordance with the Sumptuary Laws, with not too much starch in her ruff.
July and August
Every Monday throughout July and August
(excluding Monday 27th)
Grandparent’s Day – every Monday
Free entry Grandparents get free entry & hot drink too!
Bring your grandchildren for an enjoyable and memorable day out. Enjoy free entry (with each paying grandchild) and a complimentary hot drink (with any lunch purchased)
Mondays - 30th July and 6th, 13th, 20th August
Cassandra – story-telling
Relax in the perfect surroundings of the Castle’s Great Hall; allow your imagination to run wild as Cassandra captivates you with stories of old. She loves audience interaction and will weave your ideas into her magical tales.
Tuesdays - 31st July and 7th, 14th, 21st and 28th August
Meet Monty, the cheekiest Jester in the land!
The Inner Bailey will be filled with challenges and games. Watch magic shows, learn new skills - walk the tightrope, juggle and master the bike that refuses to go in a straight line!
The perfect way to have fun and let off steam!
Wednesdays - 1st, 8th, 15th, 22nd,29th August
Archery Shows & Wandering Knight
Meet the Castle’s gallant knight as he guards the entry gates to Berkeley Castle; learn all about his weapons and armour.
Don’t miss the chance to have a go at Archery and watch Archery Shows on Queen Elizabeth 1st bowling lawn at regular intervals during the day.
Sunday 29th July
Step back in time with Falconry Displays and Tudor Gentry
Encounter Tudor royalty as King Henry VIII arrives at Berkeley Castle on his royal progress, meet his Queen, along with her ladies in waiting and noble gentlemen. Witness Tudor dancing in the Great Hall with live musicians.
The Castle grounds will also play host to a magnificent falconry display. You'll have the opportunity to meet our falconer and get to know his impressive birds of prey.
Sunday 5th August
Family fun day with giant games and bouncy castles!
Let off steam and charge around the Castle grounds, enjoy bouncy castles and see who can score the most goals in our inflatable penalty shoot-out. There are lots of other ‘giant’ challenges too – who’ll be the champion in your family?!
Sunday 12th August
Gallant Knights fight it out at Berkeley Castle
Accomplished warriors and armour makers Dressed to Kill descend upon the Castle to impart their expert battling knowledge. Experience first-hand how knights were trained in the 15th century and learn the ancient skill of sword fighting.
See up-close the display of incredible, authentic steel armour masterfully crafted by Dressed to Kill themselves. Young knights can continue their brave journey after they get home and practice what they’ve learnt with the fantastic helmets, swords and shields that you’ll find for sale in the Castle shop.
Sunday 19th August
Enjoy a Circus Show with the Cavalry of Heroes
See this entertaining circus performance on the Lower Lawns of the Castle, with horse tricks, funny moments and beautiful costumes all set to music. Meet the horses and entertainers between shows – and don’t forget your camera!
Mingle with Tudor Royalty
King Henry VIII and his 6 Queens arrive at Berkeley Castle, find out how each wife fell out of favour with the King and what happened to them.
Sunday 26th and Monday 27th August
Two days of action packed Magnificent Medieval Merriment!
Lords, ladies, gunpowder, soldiers’ drill, living history, music, candle-making and last but not least, meet Lady Margaret Denys as she returns on horseback from hunting in the Royal Forest of King Wood.
Meet the Castle’s falconer too along with his skilful birds of prey – watch falconry shows throughout the day.
Sunday 9th September
Enjoy the tradition and spectacle of Morris Dancing in and around the Castle
Sunday 23rd September
Celebrate National Cupcake Week
Meet Katharine Edwards, expert cake decorator, from Cherish Cakes. Learn how to decorate your very own cupcake to take home – all members of the family are welcome to take part. A small fee of £2 to cover costs applies.
Sunday 21st to Wednesday 24th October
Spooktacular Halloween Half Term Fun
Creep down into the cellars and meet a coven of witches, and A few wizards too.
Snap a magical selfie with our Wizard and his spectacular owls in the Great Hall. Cosy up and enjoy spooky stories from Cassandra, the friendly witch.
And what is Halloween without pumpkins? Get creative carving scary faces into Jack o' Lanterns (for a small witchy fee to cover costs).
Slurp delicious pumpkin soup – there will be tasty hot-dogs and other Halloween treats as well - in our Halloween Snack Shack.
Pull on your wellies and set off on a spooky adventure around the grounds, hunting down our Halloween themed decorations. Then swap your adventure stories over toasted marshmallows in the Wild Play area.