31st August 2012 Corfe Castle NT

The weather was glorious today so we used our National Trust tickets and visited Corfe Castle (http://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/corfe-castle/) itself.  There is a lot of it still standing, despite attempts to blow it up during the centuries.  Information boards explain a lot of the history surrounding the castle, it being owned by Elizabeth I at one point.

During the month of August, there were lots of medieval demonstrations and displays.  You could have a go at Longbow shooting and listen to knights explaining the importance of their armour.  A very well informed gentleman was also explaining the importance of archers in their day.  It took a decade to train an archer, for them to achieve the strength and accuracy required to fire up to 15 arrows a minute for up to an hour at a time.

He explained how battling sides used to negotiate ‘fighting terms’ – the equivalent of two schools arranging a scrap – and how some nations cheated…  The inventions of guns took all the fun out of these types of battles apparently!


The National Trust provide lots of information aimed at children, and they had booklets to explain things to them. Lots of the children seemed really engaged in learning about the castle which was great to see.

Once we’d had our fill we visited the Bankes Arms in Corfe for lunch.  The food was lovely, ranging from around £8-15 for a main meal with a real nice seating area.  We sat down out the back, only to listen to a woman hollering at her husband/partner, so we retired to the front of the pub where peace reigned!

We leave Corfe tomorrow for Devizes, so we bought some provisions from the local shop, Clealls and made our way back to the site.  The footpath back is clearly marked and only takes about 15 minutes.



About Dean

Angela and I decided that there was more to life than working hard to keep up the payments on the mortgage, to pay the gas, electric, phone bills etc. etc. SO............ In 2008 we sold our house, I initially took a year off (Unpaid) and Angela handed in her notice! We bought a motorhome and set off for a year of travelling! This was the best thing we had done in our lives (Apart from getting married) and we have no regrets. During the year I managed to secure a redundancy package which felt very strange. Almost sad as I had worked for the same company for 19 years (BT). It was always our plan to have a whole year off before thinking about the 'W' word. We began applying to the Camping and Caravanning Club (CCC) for the position of Holiday site assistants in August 2009. After the interview, work experience and induction we were finally given a contract at the CCC site in Inverewe (Scotland). Our plan is to work through the summer in the UK then head to Europe to overwinter before coming back to work the following summer season. Hopefully these few words and our blog will inspire others to get off the hamsters wheel and see that there is more to live than having a house and material things. A cliche I know but this is not a rehearsal, life is too short!!! Since our first contract in Scotland we have worked a winter contract in Oxford (never again!) not Oxford but a winter contract. Hereford for two years, living in a yurt for one! And Cornwall. In between our working we have also travelled a bit. Hopefully this website will give you an insight into our alternative lifestyle. Get out there and live the dream!
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