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CASTLE CLOSED until further notice due to coronavirus restrictions

 We want to thank everyone for your amazing support of Severndroog Castle during the current uncertainty caused by the Coronavirus outbreak. It is with sadness that we inform you that the Severndroog Castle Building Preservation Trust has taken the difficult decision to temporarily close Severndroog Castle to visitors from Friday the 20th of March 2020 until further notice, in order to avoid contributing to the spread of COVID-19. In addition, the health and wellbeing of all of our staff, volunteers and visitors is paramount and we feel it is not practical or responsible to continue. We will monitor the situation closely and hopefully we will welcome all our volunteers and our visitors back soon. The impact of COVID-19 is a critical threat to Severndroog, as it is to the livelihoods of almost everyone. Most of Severndroog’s funding comes from visitors, events, group/school visits and hires. Without these activities, the vast majority of our income is gone. If you would like to support us in this difficult time please join our NEW Supporters Group, volunteer your skills or donate to help keep us open for future generations. Find out more about how to support us at this critical time. We are determined to survive, to retain our small dedicated team, and to get the Castle back on track as soon as possible. We will be working on improving our online content and sharing our heritage and stories on social media with you while our doors are closed, so watch this space for some new and improved digital content. Our part-time staff will continue to work from home and can be contacted via our website www.severndroogcastle.org.uk. We will continue to open for small, intimate private hires until the government advice changes. Until we open the doors once again, take care and stay safe. Thank you all for your much appreciated support and help!   

CANCELLED SATURDAY 21st MARCH '20, 13:30-16:30 Mother's Day Afternoon Tea & Tour

   A special treat for Mother’s Day -Afternoon tea with Prosecco, and a tour of the Castle. Enjoy some quality time with your mum on Mother's Day weekend by treating her to a unique afternoon tea experience at the historic Severndroog Castle in Greenwich. Not only will you be delighted by culinary treats, but our viewing platform at the top of the Castle boasts some of the most spectacular panoramic views over London and the surrounding counties. A feast for the senses! Starting at 13:30, you will have a special 30-minute guided group tour of the two main rooms of the Castle, to find out about Sir William and Lady James, the building’s uses over the years and the campaign to save the Castle. You will also be granted access to our Viewing Platform to admire uninterrupted views of London.  Afternoon Tea will then be served in the historic Lady James Room, with wonderful views of the surrounding ancient woodland through the gothic windows.  This will be a real treat, provided by onsite Terrace Catering under the direction of head chef, Christopher Hackett, who shares a passion for food and in creating memorable dining experiences at Severndroog. He was ‘Young Chef of the Year’ in 2008 and runner up for the BBC2 show ‘The Restaurant’, working alongside Raymond Blanc, and has worked in some of the finest restaurants in London, including Fat Duck, Bluebird and The Savoy.  A set menu afternoon tea will be served at 14:15 to include a selection of sandwiches, scones with preserve and clotted cream, a selection of homemade cakes, a pot of tea, plus a glass of bubbly!  EVENT CANCELLED Please accept our apologies for having to cancel this eventdue to covid-19 concerns  PRE-BOOKING REQUIRED – LIMITED AVAILABILITY Tickets are £25 per person + booking fee Ticket includes a guided tour, access to the viewing platform and an afternoon tea.Event held on Saturday 21st March 2020, between 1.30pm and 4.30pm, at Severndroog Castle.  Please contact us at events@severndroogcastle.org.uk at least 48 hours before the date, if you have any special dietary requirements.  Please note that access to the upper rooms is difficult for anyone with mobility issues.    Getting here:Please note that due to the large number of spiral steps in the Castle, access for those with mobility issues will be difficult. Buggie parking will be available and all children must be accompanied by an adult, of course. There is limited free parking at the public car park, so we advise travelling by public transport.

SUNDAY 23rd FEBRUARY '20, 11:30-14:30 'Meet The Collection'Pop-Up Museum

 Royal Greenwich Heritage Trust presents a touring museum and archive pop-up programme appearing across the Royal Borough of Greenwich, showcasing the treasures and hidden gems of the borough. Meet the Collection will take two portable, immersive, pop-up exhibitions – ‘I am a museum’ and ‘I am an archive’ - facilitated by Royal Greenwich Heritage Trust staff and volunteers on a tour across the Royal Borough. Sharing local stories, through objects and artefacts from the diverse and extraordinary collections of the Royal Borough of Greenwich, this tour will see these pop-ups stop in a range of settings spread across Greenwich to meet local communities, including Severndroog Castle. Encouraging conversations about local history and showcasing the shear breadth of the Royal Borough’s collections, each portable display of intriguing and curious artefacts, will be designed to entice adults and families to open doors and drawers revealing treasures inside, whether Anglo Saxon bangle, Roman pottery sherd, Georgian grocer’s token, wax seal or 1950s theatre programme. Manned by staff and volunteers, each pop-up will offer visitors the chance to handle real objects, to discover hidden stories; and to create their own response to what they see and hear, through spoken and written word, art and craft. Throughout the project, staff and volunteers will collect the public’s feedback through photography, postcard comments and film.  Meet the collection tour will culminate in a celebratory take-over day, ‘We are a Museum Collection & Archive!’, at the Trust’s Jacobean Mansion, Charlton House. This playful celebration will feature Greenwich residents’ personal responses to their encounter with the collection during its tour. These responses, in the form of art, craft, written and spoken word, will litter the building so that visitors can wander and explore each room to find words and images projected, film footage of the public talking about objects they’ve met; and the community’s art and craft displayed alongside the artefacts that inspired them. The day will feature star objects from the collection, with snapshot curator talks as well as adult and family art and craft activities.      Getting here:Please note that due to the large number of spiral steps in the Castle, access for those with mobility issues will be difficult. Buggie parking will be available and all children must be accompanied by an adult, of course. There is limited free parking at the public car park, so we advise travelling by public transport.

CHRISTMAS & JANUARY CLOSURE 23rd December - 15th February

​THE Viewing Platform WILL BE CLOSED OVER CHRISTMAS AND JANUARY for maintenance FROM 23RD DECEMBER 2019 TO 15TH FEBRUARY 2020   THE TEAROOM WILL BE OPEN EVERY WEEKEND DURING THIS PERIOD INCLUDING BOXING DAY, 10AM - 2PM  WE WILL RE-OPEN AS USUAL ON SUNDAY 16TH FEBRUARY  We would like to inform you that the Severndroog Castle Viewing Platform will be closed to the public for the Christmas period as well as throughout January in order to carry out essential maintenance works to this heritage site. The Castle will therefore be closed from the 23rd December 2019 until February 15th 2020, and will reopen its doors on Sunday 16th February 2020. The Tearoom will however remain open to the public every Saturday and Sunday and will also be open Boxing Day from 10am until 2pm if you are out and about for a wintery walk.     

SATURDAY 14TH DECEMBER Christmas At The Castle

 Carolling at Severndroog Castle, led by the SE18 Choir, with Christmas crafts for kids and you'll meet Santa too. Plus, see spectacular views of London and feast on festive food and drink. Come and join us at Severndroog Castle to start your celebrations for Christmas with carols and a festive sing-along with the SE18 Choir. You will be invited to join in and sing with the choir, or just sit back and enjoy the singing with a glass of mulled wine in hand.    In addition to this, we will be holding children’s craft activities, making decorations to adorn your Christmas trees, and they’ll be treated to a gift from Father Christmas too! Mulled wine and other festive fare will be available for purchase from our partner, the Terrace Tearoom, and there will be time to visit the viewing platform to take in the wonderful panoramic views of London. Early pre-booking is advised as space is limited for the two sessions on offer: morning or afternoon.    Make the most of this time of year with a Christmas family day out at Severndroog Castle. We'll be host to the SE18 Choir performing Christmas classics at 12.45pm for the morning session and 2pm for the afternoon one. Those attending in the afternoon will also benefit from the early sunset when atop Severndroog Castle.   CLICK TO BOOK YOUR TICKET    EVENT INFORMATION: Pre-booking is required. All tickets include access to the Castle and its Viewing Platform. The following ticket options are available for the two booking sessions,the morning slot (11.00 - 13.15) and the afternoon slot (13.30 - 15.15): Adult Tickets - £7Child Tickets - £5Family Tickets - £20; for 2 adults and 2 children, or 1 adult and 3 children Ticket does not include food or drinks; available for purchase on site. Getting here:Please note that due to the large number of spiral steps in the Castle, access for those with mobility issues will be difficult. Buggie parking will be available and all children must be accompanied by an adult, of course. There is limited free parking at the public car park, so we advise travelling by public transport. ​

SUN 24 NOVEMBER Family Craft Activity

​FAMILY CRAFT ACTIVITY - MAKE & DECORATE Christmas Decorations SUNDAY 24TH November 2019 AT 9.30AM-10.30AM   On the Sunday morning of November 24th, we are hosting a Family Craft Activity at Severndroog Castle between 9.30AM and 10.30AM for anyone who would like to join in. With the help of our volunteer, we will be helping you create your very own Christmas Decorations!  Using our supplied kit of craft materials, we will guide you and your little ones on how to build your craft decorations. You'll be left with a beautiful creations of your own to be proud of.  It's a bit of creative, family fun for the whole family to enjoy on a chilled Sunday morning. Following that, you can visit the rest of the Castle, take in the amazing views from the top of the tower, and even take a family stroll through the woodland.     No pre-booking required. This craft activity is included in the Castle Admission Ticket; which is £2.50 per child, £3.50 per adult or £9 for a family ticket (2 adults, 2 children). You will also have access to the castle's viewing platform where you will experience a spectacular view of London. Please find information on how to find us at the bottom of this page. When you arrive at the Castle, please make your way up the spiral stairs to purchase your ticket and then to the second floor to commence the activity.