Christmas lights at Corfe Castle – plans unveiled

THE Christmas lights at Corfe Castle are set to be switched on this Thursday (December 2) – alongside a host of festive activities. 

Organisers promise celebrations fit for all the family at the event, which runs between 4pm and 8pm, to coincide with the lights being turned on in the village. 

The castle will be decorated with natural materials from the Purbeck Estate, offering visitors the chance to warm up around fire pits, toast marshmallows, and make a wish on the wishing bridge. 

Meanwhile, children are invited to explore the ruins and help Monty Mouse find misplaced ingredients used to cook a tasty dessert. 

They can also participate in the Victorian-themed interactive storytelling tours, where they’ll play parlour games, learn the most irritating party instrument, and master a Christmas dance.  

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The wishing bridge at the south west gate house, Corfe Castle. Photo: Ellen Smith.

The wishing bridge at the south west gate house, Corfe Castle. Photo: Ellen Smith.

Ellen Smith, programming and partnerships officer at Corfe Castle, said: “We wanted to create a magical place for families to come at Christmas, where everyone can relax and have fun. 

“We see families return year after year as part of their Christmas tradition.” 

Further festive activities will take place during weekends and school holidays in December, from 10am to 4pm. 

Normal admission applies, with National Trust members entering for free. 

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