Information regarding recent developments at Bader College and Herstmonceux Castle. (20/11/2023)

Recently, we have learned about a number of structural issues at the Castle requiring immediate attention, including repairs needed to the south wall of the building. A structural engineer visited the Castle two weeks ago and confirmed that the situation is more serious than previously understood.
As a result, portions of the Castle have closed to ensure the health and safety of students, staff, and faculty, and out of an abundance of caution, all operations at the Castle have been suspended. Academic programming at Bader College has moved online until the end of the fall term, and students will continue their studies in January at the Kingston, Ontario, campus of Queen’s University in Canada. Bader College staff and professionals from Queen’s University are working very hard to ensure a smooth transition for all involved.
Bader College continues to assess the situation and the full extent of the work needed, but it is clear at this point that repairs to the Castle will take at least 12-18 months. Additionally, a complete survey of other areas of the Castle will be undertaken in late January/early February.
We realise this may be distressing news for many within the local community, and those with close ties to Bader College and the Castle. As much as possible, we will keep you informed about ongoing developments at the Castle.

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Thank you to all our visitors and followers throughout 2021

Now that our 2021 season has come to an end and we are no longer open on a daily basis, we wanted to take this opportunity to say how wonderful it has been to see and hear how much you have enjoyed visiting the Herstmonceux Castle Estate. We do not have a ‘typical’ visitor but from all the feedback received, we know how special this beautiful, tranquil, and rather magical place is for many of you and that it appeals equally to both young and old. For this reason and in response to lots of requests to open over winter, we have decided to do so for one weekend each month between now and the start of our 2022 season in February. Please see website for full details of times and dates.

If you are about to start your Christmas shopping and are looking for a gift idea that will keep giving throughout next year, our 2022 season tickets are now available and can be purchased via the website. You could also treat yourself to one!

Last but certainly not least, please consider signing up for The Castle Night Trek if you haven’t done so already. It’s a fantastic event that aims to raise money and awareness for Chestnut Tree House and the amazing work that this children’s hospice does.

We hope you have a wonderful festive season and look forward to welcoming you back next year.

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