Chiddingstone Castle Literary Festival 2018
“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
We look back on the 2018 Festival in numbers.
2018 - 3 days (and an evening drinks party)
As usual, our Literary Festival coincided with the first May Bank Holiday weekend.
The programme was split into three specific days, Sunday 6th May 2018 for Adults, Monday 7th May 2018 for Families and Tuesday 8th May for Schools.
This year, thanks to the very kind hospitality of Catherine and Rupert Fleming, we opened the Festival at Stonewall Park, with a drinks party on Saturday 5th May 2018. This was an opportunity for Festival go-ers to meet Ian Rankin over drinks and canapés and enjoy a stroll through the beautiful bluebells and rhododendron.
5,005 tickets sold
This was made possible through the launch of Sunday Passes last December 2017 which were pre-sold and allowed ticket holders access to all talks on Sunday 6th May, individual tickets online, on the door tickets, and pre-sold tickets to schools for talks and workshops.
36 authors, speakers and performers
We are thrilled by our growing stature which can be measured by our impressive line-up of authors recruited for this year. We curated a deliberately eclectic mix of renowned writers; of biography, memoir, history, medicine, fiction, crime, poetry, science, politics and children’s books, to guarantee that we truly offer something for everyone, of all ages and interests.
Ensuring that it was a family affair, there were also children’s theatre performances, puppetry, life drawing, modelling and creative writing workshops.
We were grateful once again to our title sponsors Brooks Macdonald, and award-winning company that specialises in providing investment management services across the UK and internationally.
This year, every talk was sponsored by a fantastic local business. We are delighted to be supported by so many prestigious companies that can reach new audiences and grow through the visibility they gain from our event.
Hundreds of books sold
A record amount of books sold by our fantastic partner and sponsor, Sevenoaks Bookshop, which allowed masses of book signings and will mean a lot more reading. Thank you Fleur and her team.
387 ice creams sold
From our fantastic Tea Room to keep everyone cool on our hottest Literary Festival yet.
What visitors said…
What authors said…
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What sponsors said…
Anna was so lovely to come and meet some of our clients which they really enjoyed.
Thank you for all your help and support we would very much like to be part of this again as our clients and carers are already asking who we are sponsoring next year! Consultus Care & Home Nursing