Lighting of the Beacon at Dover Castle on 21st April 2016

to celebrate the Queen's 90th Birthday.


Events at Dover Castle

Sat 23 & Sun 24 Apr 2016 


Come and re-live the story of George and the Dragon at Dover Castle. Soak up the sights, smells and sounds, crafts and cookery of life in a medieval village.

Meet the surgeon bringing to life gruesome medieval health care and await your fate in the crime and punishment trials. Revel in the medieval music and be amazed at the mounted skill at arms. Don’t miss the highlight - St George valiantly doing battle with the dastardly dragon. Kids can try on armor and test their skills at dragon slaying.

With storytelling, circus skills workshops and jesters too, it’s a memorable day out for all the family.


Thu 12 May  2016


Join Curator of Archeological Collections Kathryn Bedford as she engages with Eleanor de Montfort and the unique account she left of her life at Dover Castle during the Second Baron's War. Get an insight into daily life in the castle during wartime and explore the part which women played in medieval warfare. 

Then we will venture thoughout Dover's Great Tower and hear about the wonders of this fortress and how its defences have been built on and effectively used throughout its history. 

Light refreshments of hot drinks and cake will be served during the event. This event has been graded as moderate access as the tour route will take in uneven ground and steps.


Sat 14 May 2016 


  (Photographs taken during the the night)

Dover’s Great Tower opens into the evening and after dark. A rare opportunity to explore the castle’s special atmosphere after hours. Part of Museums at Night.


Sat 28 - Mon 30 May 2016 

WWII WEEKEND  - (photographs taken of the event)

For a full-on forties experience, it has to be WW2 Weekend at Dover Castle.

Witness a jaw-dropping flypast by WW2 aircraft and step into the heart of action with the explosive battle. Soak up the atmosphere in the military encampments and get up close to a full size replica Spitfire and a 1944 US Army cargo truck. Meet the Land Girls, visit the 1940s beauty parlour for a victory roll hairdo, then revive that wartime spirit with a lovely brew from the original NAAFI wagon or go for something a little stronger in the ‘Resistance’ bar.

Step inside Mr Smith’s bombed out shop and discover the austerity of the war years from the Ministry of Food. Experience the German field hospital and don’t forget to keep your documents handy in case of inspection! With a live band playing music from the 40's and plenty of hands-on activities for children including a brand new assault course - it's English Heritage's biggest event of the year and a real day to remember for all ages. 


Sat 30 & Sun 31 Jul 2016 


Witness the might of the Roman Empire descending on Dover Castle. Be thrilled by the skill of the cavalry with their nimble and noble steeds and help decide who lives or dies in the brutal world of the gladiators.


Sat 13 - Sun 14 Aug 2016


Join the action 800-years on at Dover, when the castle came under siege. Roam among the gruesome history, meet the menacing characters and hear their gory stories. Jostle in the medieval marketplace before witnessing the drama of siege warfare.


Sat 27 - Mon 29 Aug 2016


Join us on the ultimate historical adventure through Dover Castle’s past from the Iron Age to the Cold War. Experience life at war and at home, meet knights, ladies, horses and much more.


Sat 22 - Sun 30 Oct 2016 


Feeling brave enough to take on Kent’s most haunted castle? Prepare to be scared this autumn half term as a frighteningly fun day out awaits you.


Thu 27 - Sat 29 Oct 2016 


A tunnels tour with a twist, staged within the castle’s secret tunnel complex. Not for the faint hearted. Ages 13+. Pre-booking required.


Wed 16 Nov 2016 

Quiz Night in Keep cafeteria - 7.30pm 

Teams of 6 per table. £4.00 per person Pre-booking required.


Mon 13 - Fri 17 Feb 2017 


Open the book on the characters from England’s story and explore the tales of the castle. Step into the castle’s real fairytales with storytelling brought to life in spellbinding adventures. Journey into our realm where fairytales and England’s past collide.


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