Monday, 22 April 2013

National Trust: Bodiam Castle

Kit's been showing an interest in castles recently. Mainly I think because he aspires to be 'Mike the Knight' but it doesn't really matter why, I'm just keen for him to explore what interests him. We've been to a lot of the National Trust properties closeby and I've been trying to pass them off as castle-like but I thought, as a treat, I'd attempt to take Kit to an actual castle, Bodiam Castle (I say attempt because my sense of direction when driving is dreadful and I don't have a navigator so I don't tend to like to drive places I don't already know how to get to). We made it to Bodiam fine though, and it was only an hour down the A21 from where we live, so I think we might go another time too. It was a really lovely place to go on a sunny day, which thankfully it was this weekend.

I would put caution to small legs because to travel around the castle there are a lot of high narrow spiral stairs (as with most castles), I was surprised by how well Kit managed them, I was having visions of him rolling back down knocking everyone over like dominos, but he held my hand and either the rail or the higher step and did remarkably well. The bonus is, because the castle is mainly ruin rather than stately home, he could clamber over things and explore fairly freely (within the realms of safety) without having to worry about not touching. He quized the 'real-life' knight who was standing in the courtyard, and promised to keep an eye out for the dragon for him. And he strangely (for Kit) chose to sit and seemed to enjoy watching the documentary showing the story of the castle. Spurred by watching Brave (it sounds pretty bad that everything Kit is interested in seems to come from TV or film but surprisingly he actually doesn't watch that much - about 3-4 hours a week if that) Kit was keen to have a bow and arrow, I had promised him one at Knole but they had sold out, so he was very happy that they did have one at Bodiam, it is going to take a lot of practise before he actually manages to master it though. I think knights might be an interest of Kit for a while now and as a lover of castles myself it's just an excuse to visit them all.


  1. Oh wow! That looks like lots of fun - will have to add it to our list of places to explore - both my little ones are into knights and dragons! It's nice when little ones are free to explore and that definately looks like a proper castle where actual knight would have been!
    Incidentally - there's a mike the knight comp on my blog x

    Emma x

  2. Ohh Bodiam is on our to-do list - sounds great! Good to know there's lots of stairs too.

  3. Hi! I found you through the TOTS 100 blog roll widget.It looks like you had lots of fun together exploring the old castle.Have you read Sir Stinky Socks? That's a great story about castles.

  4. Bodiam never fails to appeal. Our boys, now teenagers love running around the castle as we use the grounds as a meeting point when meeting up with friends and their teenagers for picnics and giggles.

    Beachhutcook x



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