Our Education Department offers a hands-on approach to learning, where children and adults are encouraged to participate in activities relating to the collections of Denys Eyre Bower, the historic house, and the grounds.

These include Ancient Egyptian and Victorian Days for Primary Schools, Mini Museum Tours for Nursery Schools, and educational trails such as the Wheels of Time for families.  We follow COVID-19 guidelines.

For details of our eductional activity days and workshops please download our leaflets using the buttons below

The children thoroughly enjoyed the broad range of activities and the opportunity to experience authentic Egyptian artefacts.
Teacher from Hever Primary School

A perfect balance between quiet learning and hands-on activities.
Teacher from Fordcombe Primary School

All activities lined to the new curriculum, science, history and literacy which enabled the children to link their learning on the trip to that in the classroom.
Teacher from Tatsfield Primary School

For Primary Schools

Subject to COVID-19 guidelines, we welcome these visits on weekdays throughout the year, (with exclusive use of the Castle and Collections on Thursdays and Fridays), with sessions usually running from 10am - 2pm. Parking for cars and coaches is free in our large car park and schools are invited to bring their own packed lunches to enjoy in our grounds.

Ancient Egyptian Activity Day - £7.50 per child

Heritage Activity Day (Year 6) - £7.50 per child

Japanese Workshop - £7.50 per child

Local History Workshop - £7.50 per child

Victorian Education Day - £7.50 per child

Woodland and Plant Activity Day - £7.50 per child

Arts Award ‘Discover in a Day’ Workshop - £17.50 per child

Teacher and parents helper - Free

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For Nursery Schools

Introduce children to museum learning by bringing your nursery school to a mini-tour - a teacher led hour and a half of fun - to learn from our Collections, Historic House and grounds.

Indoor learning activities - object finding around the Castle; make a picture rubbing of the Castle; dress up as a Victorian servant, an Ancient Egyptian or a Japanese samurai warrior

Outdoor learning activities - explore ‘The Fields of Eternity’ our Ancient Egyptian inspired grass maze

£4.00 per child

Nursery staff and parent helpers - Free

Baby changing facilities are available

For Families

We welcome families of all sizes to enjoy and learn from our Collections, Historic House and grounds.

The Castle has its own self-guided tour for families which encourages children to find objects and artefacts around the historic house.

Chiddingstone Castle is delighted to be one of 48 museums in Kent that form the Wheels of Time group. These museums are linked by the travelling character Roamin’ Rex who is on a mission to learn about Kent by following his Wheels of Time map around the county. All who join him on his mission receive a Wheels of Time lanyard and collect badges from each venue along the way.

Families can visit the Castle and Collections on Sundays, Mondays, and Tuesdays, from Sunday 3rd April - Wednesday 26th October 2022, from 11am - 5pm.

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