A Classic Day for Dads

Today’s warmer weather certainly brought the crowds out, to see more than 60 classic cars, from all eras and from across the world, as we celebrated Father’s Day with our traditional Classic Car event.

Of course it takes more than a car show to make the perfect day out and our cafe was, once again, full to overflowing with families enjoying everything from a quick snack through to a full-blown roast dinner.   The beer tent also did a roaring trade as the warmer weather and a hearty lunch helped to build up a thirst.


Not to be outdone, the Castle Drogo gardens team put on a display of garden machinery and plants, as well as offering gardening hints and tips and even a couple of garden tours.

With a number of activities to keep younger members of the family occupied, there was plenty to provide a great family day out.

We do hope that, if you joined us, you’ve had a day to remember and, if you didn’t make it, we’ll hope to see you next year.

Lines Traced by Angels!

Delight in the fantastic interwoven tracery of Celtic Art at Castle Drogo on Tuesday 24 May.  Judith Richardson-Dawes is running a Celtic Illumination Workshop at Castle Drogo between 11am and 4.30pm.  You will create a unique design inspired by the Book of Kells and create your own greeting using the Celtic Uncial Script illuminating it with raised gold!

No previous experience is needed.  The day includes coffee, a light lunch and afternoon tea.  Expert tuition and specialist materials are provided.  The workshop costs £35 per person and booking is essential on 01647 434144 or 01647 433306 or email castledrogo@nationaltrust.org.uk

If you can’t make this workshop there are lots of others throughout the year at Castle Drogo.  Take a look at www.nationaltrust.org.ukcastledrogo for more information.

Project tours at Drogo – new!!

From the beginning of May until the end of September, a team of volunteers will be delivering project related guided tours every Friday at 2pm. These tours are free and are for people who would like to find out more about our upcoming project.

The tour will take 1 1/2 to 2 hours depending on the group and will be quite detailed. The main idea behind the tour is to raise awareness of what we will be doing and respond to our visitors’ requests for more information. Tickets will be given out on the day from the entrance hall of the Castle up to a maximum of 10 people. There is also a height restriction of 1.2 metres due to the visit up to the roof. All tour attendees will be issued with a high vis vest and a torch. Normal admission charges apply.

Wild Woods ‘n Willow at Castle Drogo


Castle Drogo on Dartmoor

Join Chagford based Wild Woods ‘n Willow for a day of family bushcraft on Sunday 1 May at Castle Drogo between 10am and 4pm.  (The last session starts at 3.30pm.)

Families can have a go at weaving fish shapes with willow and rush, create fire by making sparks with firesteels onto various tinders and cooking wild foods on an open fire.  Each activity costs £5 per child.  All children need an adult with them.  Ring 01647 433356 for more information.


Wild Woods ‘n Willow are a team of enironmental educators who aim to inspire awe, wonder and respect for nature in young people through practical, sensoryand playful acitivties outdoors.

Castle Drogo is celebrating its 100th birthday


Castle Drogo - the last castle in England

Castle Drogo is celebrating its 100th birthday this weekend with a Country Fayre. Throughout the weekend there will be a display of vintage tractors along the drive, Punch and Judy shows, morris dancing, Dartmoor broom dancing (Sunday only), rural skills with the Dartmoor rangers, stone masonry display, traditional games to try your hand at such as quoits, pick-up sticks, table skittles and marbles, coconut shy and skittles.  There will also be a beer and cider stall and a hog roast.

At 2pm on Saturday the new orchard at Castle Drogo will be officially opened by Julius Drewe’s great-granddaughter. On Sunday at 2pm a specially carved piece of granite originally meant to be used in building Castle Drogo, from Blackenstone Quarry will be unveiled outside the Castle by Julius Drewes great great great grandchildren.

Everyone is welcome to come along and join in the festivities.


Castle Drogo’s ‘Last chance saloon’ press coverage

Castle Drogo needs your help or its game over – we have just launched a public appeal to raise £1.5M as a contribution towards the £11M cost of saving Drogo forever.

Here is a selction of of the media coverage we have got today:

Westcountry ITV News
The Independent
The Daily Telegraph
Culture 24
Guardian Editorial

If you want to support the appeal go to here

You can also follow the Castle Drogo campaign on twitter at www.twitter.com@savecastledrogo and on facebook at www.facebook.com/savecastledrogo