Come and dress up in armour, battle dragons and listen to tales of brave medieval knights at Lewes Castle this February half-term.

A range of inclusive events suitable for children of all ages will be held over the week-long break bringing the fascinating history of the Norman castle to life.

Families visiting the historic site, which is owned and cared for by the Sussex Archaeological Society, can take part in the activities as well as enjoying everything else the castle has to offer, including glorious 360 degree views of Lewes and the surrounding South Downs.

Visitors will also gain entry to the Museum of Sussex Archaeology, which is currently displaying fascinating items from 175 years of collecting to mark the society’s landmark anniversary.

The events scheduled for the half term are:

Morning Explorer – Monday 14 February, 10am to 11am
Enjoy activities, artefacts and armour at this quiet, drop-in session, exclusively for families with additional needs. Entry is included in admission.

Medieval Monday – Monday 14 February, 11am to 1pm
Play with knights, castles and dragons at this fun drop-in session. Children of all ages are welcome. Entry is included in admission and there is no need to book.

Knights and Dragons – Tuesday 15 February, 10.30am to 12pm or 2pm to 3.30pm
Listen to a story and get creative with some crafty dragon activities. Transport yourself back in time by dressing up in costumes and armour. This event is aimed at children aged 4 to 8 and costs £6 per child (adults must stay for the duration of the session). Please book in advance here.

How to Attack a Castle – Thursday 17 February, 10am to 1pm
Learn how to breach defences by making model mangonels and trebuchets, and get up close to artefacts from the castle collections. Children of all ages welcome; price is included in admission and there is no need to book

Sean Arnold, property manager at Lewes Castle, said: “There is a lot to keep all ages engaged and entertained at Lewes Castle over the half-term break. These hands-on activities give everyone an opportunity to handle real artefacts from the museum and hear vivid stories from the castle’s rich history bringing the past to life.”

Lewes Castle & Museum is open from 10am to 4pm every day during February.

Family admission to Lewes Castle for one adult and up to three children costs £16 for a standard ticket (£17.60 with Gift Aid), or £24 for two adults and up to four children (£26.40 with Gift Aid).

Families are also able to become a member of the Society. Prices start from £45 which includes free admission to Lewes Castle, Fishbourne Roman Palace, Michelham Priory and a range of other local historic sites for 12 months.

To book tickets, visit: https://sussexpast.co.uk/attraction/lewes-castle-museum/