Events

February
Snowdrop Sundays
Sunday 5th Snowdrop Sunday 11am to 4pm Adults £8.50, Over 65s £7.50, Under 18s £6.00, Family £25, Under 5s £0

The Castle’s winter gardens are possibly the most romantic in the East of England, with at least 13 varieties of snowdrops covering the steep slopes of the motte and bailey and setting off the trees and lakes in front of the Georgian Mansion House. The Cafe will be open for the sale of mulled wine and other refreshments, and there will be free guided tours of the Keep.

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Sunday 12th Snowdrop Sunday 11am to 4pm Adults £8.50, Over 65s £7.50, Under 18s £6, Family £25, Under 5s £0

The Castle’s winter gardens are possibly the most romantic in the East of England, with at least 13 varieties of snowdrops covering the steep slopes of the motte and bailey and setting off the trees and lakes in front of the Georgian Mansion House. The Cafe will be open for the sale of mulled wine and other refreshments, and there will be free guided tours of the Keep.

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Sunday 19th Snowdrop Sunday 11am to 4pm Adults £8.50, Over 65s £7.50, Under 18s £6, Family £25, Under 5s £0

The Castle’s winter gardens are possibly the most romantic in the East of England, with at least 13 varieties of snowdrops covering the steep slopes of the motte and bailey and setting off the trees and lakes in front of the Georgian Mansion House. The Cafe will be open for the sale of mulled wine and other refreshments, and there will be free guided tours of the Keep.

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Sunday 26th Wedding Open Day 11am to 4pm Free admission

A Wedding Open Day at Hedingham Castle provides the perfect opportunity to look round this most romantic of venues. The Marquee and the Castle will be dressed and full of our selected suppliers. Discuss menus and flowers, photographers and favours, with our wedding coordinators on hand to answer any of your questions.

April
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Sunday 16th and Monday 17th Jousting with the Knights of Middle England! 10am to 5pm Families £42, Adults £14, Under 18s £10, Under 5s £0, Over 65s £12.50

The astounding Knights of Middle England! Bold and bright costumes accompanied by stunts such as saddle falls, drags and rearing horses make this a show to remember! The evil Black Knight and his trusty fool cause havoc against the Earl of Warwick and his team of chivalrous Knights! Surrounding it all will be a bustling arena full of craft stalls, a range of food and a host of entertainment! The Norfolk Longbowmen will be demonstrating the art of Archery – have a go! Get close to the Birds of Prey with the fabulous Coda Falconry and watch a thrilling flying display! Comedy Grave Diggers! Easter Trail! Musicians, Donkey Rides, a Maypole, Living History, Tours of the Castle and Coconut Shies provide constant entertainment throughout the day! Something for all the family in a great day out!

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Sunday 30th and Monday 1st May Medieval Siege 10am to 5pm Families £42, Adults £14, Under 18s £10, Under 5s £0, Over 65s £12.50

The Medieval Siege Society make a very welcome return to Hedingham with armed men, archers, siege engines, living history camps and bloodthirsty mayhem! In amongst the bustle you’ll be able to try your hand at archery, watch a fascinating and exhilarating falconry display from Coda, dance round a maypole and ride a donkey! The Jester will jest, and there’ll be music from Blondel, with craft stalls, real ale and food. The Keep will be open, with guided tours available, and there’s something going on all day!

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May
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Sunday 21st A Vintage Affair! 10am to 5pm Adults £8.50, Over 65s £7.50, Under 18s £6, Under 5s £0, Families £25

Returning for its fifth year at Hedingham, and bigger and more stylish than ever! A Big Band, Lindy Hoppers, classic cars, hairstyling and over 50 stalls with a cornucopia of vintage wonderfulness, its a simply fabulous day out!

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Sunday 28th and Monday 29th Jousting with the Knights of Royal England! 10am to 5pm Families £42, Adults £14, Under 18s £10, Under 5s, £0, Over 65s £12.50

The ever exciting and popular Knights of Royal England return to Hedingham to recreate the classic Tourney in front of the Keep, an awesome spectacle of chivalry, hand to hand combat, mounted challenges and dark deeds! Surrounding it all will be a bustling arena with craft stalls, a range of food and a host of entertainment! The Norfolk Longbowmen will be demonstrating the art of Archery – have a go! Our Official Jester, Jonathan de Hadleigh, will cause his usual mayhem! Musicians, Donkey Rides, a Maypole and Coconut Shies provide constant entertainment throughout the day! Something for all the family in a great day out!

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June
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Sunday 18th Clash of the Knights Triathlon 10am to 5pm Families £25, Adults £8.50, Under 18s £6, Under 5s £0, Over 65s £7.50

Historia Normannis, a 12th century re-enactment society, are staging a triathlon challenge with teams of knights battling for supremacy! Picture medieval murderball with teams trying to knock the crests from opponents’ helmets! The teams will route march and even run a 5km course in full chain mail, and then compete in an archery competition! All in aid of Colchester Samaritans! Surrounding the castle will be a living history camp with an insight into the lives not only of knights and noblemen, but also ordinary people, and how they got through their days. There’ll be falconry displays, and you’ll be able to have a go at archery, and even fire a trebuchet! And of course, a full on, no holds barred battle to round things off nicely! It’s a great day out for all the family!

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July
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Sunday 16th The Wind in the Willows 6pm Families £42, Adults £14, Under 18s £10, Over 65s £12.50, Under 5s £0

Boxtree Productions make a welcome return to Hedingham with their acclaimed production of Kenneth Graham’s classic tale. More details to follow.

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Sunday 30th A Midsummer Night’s Dream 6pm Families £42, Adults £14, Under 18s £10, Over 65s £12.50, Under 5s £0

The Pantaloons are back, with their magical production of Shakespeare’s classic play. More details to follow..

August
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Sunday 20th Classic and Vintage Car Show 10am to 5pm Adults £8.50, Over 65s £7.50, Under 18s £6, Families £25, Under 5s £0

A great day out in the company of some interesting, beautiful and strange vehicles – and their owners! If you have a classic car of your own, bring it along for free admission, but please note that pre-registration is essential.

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Sunday 27th and Monday 28th Jousting with Destrier! 10am to 5pm Families £42, Adults £14, Over 65s £12.50, Under 18s £10, Under 5s £0

The magnificent Destrier return! In custom-made suits of authentic solid steel armour, they charge at speeds of over 40mph in a Tournament as close to the real thing as you will ever experience! Watch them arm! Thrill as they do battle! All around them the bustle and excitement of a medieval fair, with Archery you can test your skill at, our Jester, the irrepressible Jonathan de Hadleigh, the Medieval Archer, Musicians, Falconry Displays with Coda, Living History, Real Ale, Craft Stall, Maypole and Coconut shies, Donkey Rides and tours of the Castle, it’s a full day of excitement, involvement and stunning spectacle!

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November
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Sunday 12th Wedding Open Day 11am to 4pm Free admission

A Wedding Open Day at Hedingham Castle provides the perfect opportunity to look round this most romantic of venues. The Marquee and the Castle will be dressed and full of our selected suppliers. Discuss menus and flowers, photographers and favours, with our wedding coordinators on hand to answer any of your questions.