Chiddingstone Castle Literary Festival 2019

Saturday 4th - Tuesday 7th May 2019

Four days of talks, performances and workshops set in our historic house and grounds. An eclectic mix of renowned writers of biography, memoir, history, medicine, fiction, crime, poetry, science, politics and children’s books, to guarantee we offer something for everyone of all ages and interests.

Chiddingstone Castle is delighted to announce the dates for next year’s Literary Festival. Due to it’s increasing popularity and in order to bring you yet more wonderful authors and workshops, for both adults and children; next year’s festival is expanding to FOUR days over the first Bank Holiday in May:

Saturday 4th May – Adult programme day 1

Saturday 4th May – Festival Drinks Party at Stonewall Park

Sunday 5th May – Adult programme day 2

Bank Holiday Monday 6th May – Family Day

Tuesday 7th May – Schools Day

This is our most ambitious programme yet, spilling over with riches and diversity, with subjects ranging from powerful women’s poetry, new light on Henry VIII, soldiers’ stories from WW1, terrorism in Africa, cutting edge forensic science, 12 months of applied self-help books, cookery from home and abroad, adventures in wine, revealing memoirs, thrilling new fiction, the origins of humanity, letters between mothers and sons, television personalities and much, much more.

The full line-up will be announced in the New Year with details of how to pre-register for priority tickets available on 28th February, 24hrs before going on general sale on 1st March 2019.

If you are looking for inspiration for a Christmas gift why not give a voucher for next year’s Literary Festival. Available here. These vouchers will have a code which will be redeemable against tickets purchased for festival events on 28th February, 24 hours before going on general sale ahead of 1st March when public booking opens.

“Chiddingstone Castle Literary Festival is a gem among literary festivals. The beautiful setting, the sense of history and the warmth of the organisers give it a truly intimate feel. It’s a gift for both the author and the book loving audience.” Anna Pasternak

Author of Lara: The Untold Love Story That Inspired Doctor Zhivago


For author, publisher, sponsorship and general enquiries about the Literary Festival 2019, please fill out the form below. We will get back to you shortly.

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Currently closed by will reopen from Sunday 31st March - Wednesday 30th October 2019

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