Corfe Castle has to be one of our favourite spots to visit in Dorset.
Owned by the National Trust, Corfe Castle is one of Britain’s most iconic survivors of the English Civil War and once at the top of the hill, offers amazing views over the Purbeck Hills.
There is a small car park at the bottom of the hill and an easy to follow path up to the castle with information posts for the kids to find with details of local wildlife they can see on the walk.
We haven’t visited the castle for a while and half way along the path we spotted a sign for a playtrail, so took a detour and found a set of fun wooden activities for the kids to try.
There were balance beams, stepping stones and a fun wobbly bridge to really test their balancing skills.
The path then led back to the main path and a bridge to cross the river, or you could choose to go across on stepping stones. I headed for the bridge with Sebby whilst Hubby and Isaac chose the stepping stones to get across.
We continued up the path, listening to the sound of the Church bells which were pealing loudly and stopped to watch a wedding party arrive at the church, whilst Isaac studied the history of the castle before heading into the castle grounds.
We spotted some knights costumes to try on as we came in but Sebby isn’t keen on dressing up so picked up a kids challenge sheet and continued up to the castle.
It is quite a steep walk up to the top but the boys managed and were soon exploring all the nooks and crannies and climbing up the walls.
I am always astounded by how the slighted walls stay standing, but they are perfect for a photo op with Isaac.
Train loving Sebastian got very excited by the sight of a steam train below.
Isaac found all the shields with the answers to the questions on whilst we took in the sights below……
……..and then enjoyed playing the fool.
On the way back down the hill, Isaac claimed his prize for getting all the answers and persuaded Sebby to get dressed up.
Give a child a sword and shield and they immediately launch into battle.
Sebby took his role as a Knight very seriously!
I think we actually spent more time playing than we did exploring the castle.
It was lovely to see the boys bonding without having their sister, who was on a Rainbows trip, interfere with their game.
I am hoping that Sebby now realises that it is fun to dress up, which will encourage him to do it again in the future.
Once we finally managed to prise them out of their costumes, we stopped for an ice cream before heading back the way we came and to the carpark……..
…. and headed home aboard the Sandbanks chain ferry.
Have you been to Corfe Castle before?