What's On 2017

School Holidays


Sunday 23rd July – Wednesday 30th August



Arts & Crafts – every day Sunday to Wednesday.



Cassandra the story-teller (not here on August bank holiday Monday). Join Cassandra in the Great Hall where she’ll beguile you with her wonderful stories, with lots of audience participation and a wonderful tales to tell, it’s a lovely way to relax and spend quality family time.

Grandparents’ Day every Monday (except Monday 28th August) - one grandparent gets free entry with each paying grandchild and one free hot drink with an icecream purchase in our Yurt Tearoom.



Monty the Jester. Monty is a great favourite with all of our visitors, he teaches jester skills in the Inner Bailey and our younger visitors come back to see him year on year.  Learn how to juggle, walk the tightrope, use stilts and ride a bike that refuses to go in a straight line!



‘Have a go’ Archery. James the Archer can be found on Queen Elizabeth I Bowling Lawn every Wednesday.  Have a go at Archery and find out if you have hidden talents!  Will you hit the bullseye? 



23rd July & 13th August - See authentic sword fighting displays, get to know our knights and the weapons they used in this unique ‘myth busting’ event.


30th July & 20th August - Watch Medieval Falconry Displays on our Lower Lawns, meet our falconer and his wonderful birds of prey. King Henry VIII, Queen Ann Boleyn and their courtiers welcome visitors to the Castle. Enjoy an audience with the King & Queen


6th August – Family fun day

Come along to the Castle for a fun day out; explore our Lower Lawns where you’ll find a bouncy castle, penalty shoot-out and giant games.


Sunday 20th August to Wednesday 23rd August

The Royal Wardrobe’ Costume Exhibition

See beautiful costumes lovingly created by Gina Clarke, our very own Queen Anne Boleyn from Tudor Dreams Historical Costumiers.  Each costume is meticulously copied from an original portrait.  Gina will be in the Great Hall each day to discuss these stunning creations with our visitors.



27th August & 28th August (Bank holiday Monday)

Queen Elizabeth 1st shooting party arrives at Berkeley Castle

Visit the Royal Pavilion, see living history displays, archery, musket and crossbow shooting.

Discover how the Queen upset Lord Berkeley when she killed 27 of his prize deer!





Sunday 1st October

Berkeley Castle Michaelmas Celebration of Harvest event

Come along and enjoy the riches of the countryside; with local food producers and artisan crafts on show. Keep an eye on our website for regular updates about this exciting event.

King Henry VIII, Queen Ann Boleyn and their courtiers will be in attendance – find out how the harvest was celebrated in Tudor times.



Sunday 22nd – Wednesday 25th October

Halloween Fun at Berkeley Castle

Witches & Wizards in the dungeon, Owls in the Great Hall

Bat hunts and moth traps

Spooky Arts & Crafts sessions

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