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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Weddings at Herstmonceux Castle

Weddings have long been part of the history of the Castle but with so many having been moved as a result of the pandemic, it’s given us the ideal opportunity to look again what we offer and how we promote them.

We very much needed to update the photos we use on our social media platforms and our website to promote the Castle and the rooms we have licensed for ceremonies and weddings.

To freshen things up, we partnered with award winning local photographer John Scofield (who coincidentally got married at the Castle around 10 years ago) and another local supplier, Miranda from Flutterby Events, who provided the décor, including magnificent floral displays, sourcing some of the foliage used from around our own Estate.

The timing for the shoot was perfect, as the Wisteria was looking particularly lovely for the shots promoting outdoor ceremonies in the Castle Courtyard.

Here’s just a small selection of the shots that were taken, along with a short video giving you a peek behind the scenes of the shoot. Our sincere thanks go to John, Miranda and the Castle team that made this work possible.

If you, or anyone you know, is interested in finding out more about weddings or other events at the Castle please do get in touch with us at

Courtyard Wedding

Ballroom Wedding

Conference Room Wedding

Elizabethan Room Wedding

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