What's On 2019


Sunday 26th and Monday 27th May

Two days of action-packed Magnificent Medieval Merriment with the Company of Chivalry

Lords, ladies, soldiers’ drill, living history, music, candle-making and cookery demonstrations with the fantastic backdrop of a real Castle.

What more could you ask for on a bank holiday weekend!



Tuesday 28th and Wednesday 29th May

Learn Sword-Fighting Skills at Knight School!

Experience exactly how 15th century knights were trained with the experts from Dressed to Kill and watch the Warrior Show on the lower lawns each day at 3.30pm.

Knight School sessions take place each day at 11.30am and 2.15pm and are suitable for ages 5 – adult.  Tickets are limited and cost £7.50. 

We recommend that you book your slot in advance here.  Admission tickets to be purchased separately on the day of attendance.




Friday 31st May

Wire Sculpture Exhibition Launch Party

Commences 6pm for 6.30pm

Bar will be open to purchase drinks during the evening

Cost £15 to include a glass of fizz upon arrival, a Q&A session in the Great Hall with Sculptors Jackie Lantelli and Sadie Kitchen and a preview of all the wire sculptures before they go on display on Sunday 2nd June

Evening concludes at 9pm



From Sunday 2nd June

Ghosts of Berkeley Castle Exhibition

Wire sculpture exhibition by local ‘Slimbridge Soldiers’ sculptor, Jackie Lantelli. 

See Edward II, doomed in his cell; Elizabeth I, ready with her crossbow to kill the Earl of Berkeley’s prize stags and Dicky Pearce, the jester who fell from the Minstrel’s Gallery. 

With many other sculptures to spot as you wander around the Castle’s grand rooms and grounds, this exhibition will bring the Castle’s intriguing history to life.



Sunday 2nd June

Norwegian Male Voice Choir – Sandneskameratene

Hear the collective voices of the touring Norwegian male voice choir, Sandneskameratene at midday and 2pm in the Great Hall.

Listen to Norwegian hero songs, and variations of medieval and modern music; this rousing concert will be a first for Berkeley Castle.



Sunday 9th June

British Puppet and Model Theatre

We are delighted to welcome The British Puppet and Model Theatre Guild as they host their Summer family fun day at Berkeley Castle for the first time. Visitors of all ages will be able to see a range of puppet shows, have a go themselves and make a puppet of your own to take home!  


A range of puppet performances will be taking place during the day including Punch and Judy from Richard Coombs. 

Performance times 11.30am. - 12.45pm. - 2.30pm  



Sarah Peasgood presents 'Princess and the Pea’ – a charming, colourful & musical, mini adaptation of the classic fairy tale and all made of paper ! Suitable for all ages.

Performance times 12.15pm. - 1.45pm. - 3.15pm  



Puppet Making for children and families from Melvyn Rawlinson, will be available throughout the day.

11.00am to 4.00pm  (please note there will be a break of 15 minutes, 3 times during the day).



Monday 10th June

NGS Open Gardens

Enjoy the grounds and gardens at Berkeley Castle, the borders are at their best at this time of year, with the fragrance of roses around every corner!

*Entry to the gardens and grounds is only £6 today and every penny goes to the NGS’ nominated charity.

*Does not include entry to the Castle.



Sunday 16th June

A Right Royal Welcome & *FREE Entry and Lunch for Dads on Father’s Day

Make Dad’s day and bring him along to Berkeley Castle for a great family day out and what’s more he’ll get free entry and a free lunch too!

We’ve also invited his majesty Henry VIII & his six wives to make sure your Dad gets the welcome he deserves!

Pop into the Education Room and enjoy ‘Father’s Day’ themed craft sessions throughout the day.

*Free entry with each full paying child (16 and under), one free main course with another purchased.



July and August


Every Monday throughout July and August (excluding Monday 26th August)

Grandparents’ Day

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 - 29th July, 5th, 12th and 19th 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 participation and will weave your ideas into her magical tales.

Enjoy Art & Craft sessions throughout the day in the Education Room.



Tuesdays - 30th July 6th, 13th and 20th and 27th August

Jester skills

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 - 31st July 7th, 14th and 21st and 28th August

Archery Shows & Wandering Knight

Meet the Castle’s chivalrous 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 21st July

A Tudor day out with the Boleyns

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. Enjoy the spectacle of Tudor dancing in the Great Hall.



We’re also delighted to host of group of local lace-makers. See this incredible early 16th century  craft at close hand and view examples of exquisite items made from lace.




Sunday 28th July

Jazz on the Lower Lawns

Explore the Castle, Butterfly House and Grounds, then relax and listen to live jazz from the FB Pocket Orchestra on the Castle’s lower lawns from 1pm - 3pm. This is included in the admission fee.

Bring your own picnic or why not order a delicious picnic in advance from our Yurt Tearoom* and pick it up when you arrive at the Castle? Call into the Ice-cream parlour for a refreshing local ice-cream too!

*From £35 for two, to include artisan breads, cured meat, cheeses, chutney, olives, cherry tomatoes, home-made sausage rolls, and dips. Large bottle of sparkling water and half a bottle of wine.

Order direct from Must be paid in full at time of order.



Sunday 11th August

Step back in time with Tudor Royalty & Falconry Displays

The Magnificent Seven – Meet the Loves of Henry VIII

Thomas Cromwell welcomes court visitors to the Castle’s Great Hall, embark on a journey through Henry VIII’s long and eventful life and meet each of his Six Wives; introduced by Bessie Blount, King Henry VIII’s favourite mistress. Hear how each queen fell out of favour with the King and feel free to quiz them at the end of their presentation, they’ll be waiting to hear from any budding historians.


The Lower Lawns will also play host to a magnificent falconry displays. You'll have the opportunity to meet the medieval falconer too and find out more about his impressive birds of prey.



Sunday 11th August

The Scarlet Pimpernel Open Air Theatre with Jenny Wren Productions

Come along and enjoy a summer’s evening with picnics and theatre in the grounds of the Castle. Keep an eye on our website for further details.

Bring your own picnic or why not order a delicious picnic in advance from our Yurt Tearoom* and pick it up when you arrive at the Castle? Call into the Ice-cream parlour for a refreshing local ice-cream too!

*From £35 for two, to include artisan breads, cured meat, cheeses, chutney, olives, cherry tomatoes, home-made sausage rolls, and dips. Large bottle of sparkling water and half a bottle of wine.

Order direct from Must be paid in full at time of order.



Sunday 18th August

A Legendary Day as Unicorns arrive at the Castle!

An exciting day of myths and legends as the unicorns canter along to Berkeley Castle.

Unicorn rides are available throughout the day from 11am and cost £3.  Please purchase your tickets in advance using the link below, admission tickets to be purchased separately on the day of attendance.

Enjoy *arts & crafts, *unicorn face-painting and explore our REAL Castle too!

*small fee applies




Sunday 25th and Bank Holiday Monday 26th August

Two days of action packed Georgian living history

British forces descend upon the Castle with Living History camp and drill sentry events each day.

Come along and find out more about this fascinating period in history.



Sunday 1st September

Gallant Knights fight it out at Berkeley Castle

The warriors from Dressed to Kill descend upon the Castle to impart their expert sword fighting skills. Experience at first-hand how knights were trained in the 15th century and watch breath-taking sword fighting shows.

See up-close the display of incredible, authentic steel armour masterfully crafted by Dressed to Kill themselves. Young knights can continue their brave journey once they get home and practice what they’ve learnt with the fantastic helmets, swords and shields on sale in the Castle shop.



Friday 20th September

Picnic & Open Air Cinema on the Lower Lawns with The Lost Cinema

6.30pm – 10.30pm


Sunday 22nd 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 27th - Wednesday 30th October

All Hallows Week at Berkeley Castle with some Ghastly Goings On!

• An audience with King Henry VIII and 2 beheaded wives

• The Grim executioner will prowl the castle with tales of gore

• Two of Henry’s less fortunate wives will mingle with visitors, telling their sorry tales of how they fell out of favour with the King and what became of them!

• Wise women tell of their latest cures for pesky persistent plagues or pestilent pustules ..... talk to them and maybe they could cure your ills but be warned, they may be healers ….or perhaps witches!

• Beware the gaolers, they are actively recruiting and will try to lure you into their less than salubrious accommodation ... so make sure you behave!

• Try your hand or rather feet at Tudor dancing

• Spooky stories 

Pull on your wellies and set off on a spooky adventure around the grounds, hunting down our Halloween themed decorations. Get your *face painted in a ghoulish fashion, then swap your adventure stories over toasted marshmallows in the Wild Play area.

*Small fee applies



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