Hedingham Castle from the grounds
  • Hedingham Castle from the grounds
  • Hedingham Castle
  • Hedingham Castle
  • Hedingham Castle
  • Hedingham Castle

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Begin the day with an Archery Masterclass - learn to shoot a traditional English longbow by challenging yourselves against a series of targets with the help of a dedicated instructor. Shooting with handcrafted longbows and arrows against Medieval-themed targets, you’ll feel right in the heart of battles some 600 years ago! 

 After a short break for tea and coffee, your experience continues with Falconry - explore the ancient sport with our experts, made even more spellbinding by the imposing medieval backdrop of the Castle. Fly a variety of birds including falcons, buzzards, hawks and owls to the gloved hand. Guests will also see our experts flying one of the falcons to the lure and you will have the opportunity to handle the falcons on your glove. 

After all the morning’s activities, you will be feeling ravenous and where better to feast like a king than in a castle! Enjoy a delicious locally sourced buffet lunch in the grand and atmospheric Tapestry Room of the Keep, following in the footsteps of kings and queens of times gone by. 

The afternoon activities start with an exhilarating Hawk Walk, joining our expert falconers and their Harris Hawk out into the ancient woodland of Hedingham Castle, giving the rare opportunity to watch these stunning birds of prey in action in their natural habitat. 

This unforgettable experience day is rounded off with an enjoyable archery ‘hunt’ in the woodland to practice your newfound skills. Immerse yourself in nature and aim at targets all around the forest.

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Facilities

Accessibility

  • Disabled access - Please let the person on the gate know as they will allow you to park close to the castle. Realistically Norman castles were built to keep people out! but the ground floor tapestry room is ramp accessible. We very much hope you can enjoy the essence of the castle from this room.
  • Disabled toilets

Booking & Payment Details

  • Credit cards accepted (no fee)

Catering

  • On-site catering
  • On-site light refreshments
  • Picnic site

Children

  • Baby changing facilities
  • Children welcome

COVID-19 Response

  • 1m distancing in place
  • 2m distancing in place
  • Clear signage
  • COVID-19 measures in place
  • COVID-19 risk assessment completed
  • COVID-19 staff training completed
  • Deep cleaning between visitors
  • Face mask essential (not provided)
  • Face masks required for staff in public areas
  • Food available during COVID-19 restrictions
  • Hand sanitizer available to visitors & staff
  • One way system
  • Outside seating
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
  • Pets welcome during COVID-19 restrictions
  • Regularly sanitised high-traffic areas
  • Staff required to regularly wash hands

Group Travel

  • Out of Hours Visits

Groups

  • Education/study area
  • Facilities for educational visits
  • Facilities for groups
  • Guided tours for groups

Meeting, Conference & Wedding Facilities

  • Bar area
  • Board/Flipchart
  • Facilities for conferencing
  • Facilities for corporate hospitality
  • Free broadband internet in bedrooms
  • Grounds for outdoor activities
  • Helicopter landing
  • Leisure facilities onsite
  • Mobile phone coverage
  • Sole use of venue
  • Venue approved for civil marriage
  • Wedding planner available
  • Wedding receptions

Parking

  • Free Parking

Property Facilities

  • Dogs Accepted
  • Gift shop
  • Guided tours for individuals
  • Public toilets
  • WiFi or internet access

Site Features

  • Regional Tourist Board Member

Target Markets

  • Accepts groups
  • Coach parties accepted

Map & Directions

Road Directions

By Road: Only 1.5 hours from London, 45 mins from Cambridge and Colchester it is located on the B1058 (1 mile off A1017) .  Follow the brown signs from 5 miles away.  

Public Transport Directions

By Public Transport: We are between two railway stations.  Sudbury and Braintree, which are about 7 miles away.  There is a limited bus service and lots of local taxis.

Hedingham Castle Falconry & Archery

Type:Experience

Bayley Street, Castle Hedingham, Halstead, Essex, CO9 3DJ

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