What's On

 Chiddingstone Castle has a wide range of events, activities and exhibitions over the course of the year.  See below for our current listings and follow us on Facebook or join our newsletter for updates.
Shakespeare Live Kent

Castle Admission & Tea Rooms

Open until October 26th 2022 on Sunday, Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday 11am-5pm

We look forward to welcoming you back to our historic house and the fascinating collections of Japanese, Stuart and Jacobite, Ancient Egyptian, and Buddhist art and artefacts. Last admission at 4:15pm. 

The Tea Room also opens from April 3rd Sunday - Wednesday. To book an Afternoon Tea or if you would like to book to reserve a space for larger parties please email us at hello@chiddingstonecastle.org.uk or phone us on 01892 870 347.

Upcoming Events

 

Jazz live June Kent

Sunday 29 May

Hot Club Jazz - Live at the Orangery

Gypsy jazz, swing and blues comes to The Orangery with Mike Piggott and his Hot Club Trio featuring Mike on violin, Nils Solberg on guitar and Jerome Davies on double bass. Together they bring their own entertaining combination inspired by the Hot Club de France. Bring a picnic. 

1:30pm: Orangery Open. 2pm to 4.30pm: Showtime 

Bring your picnic blanket and chairs. Come early and enjoy the grounds and Tea Room.  You can also purchase tickets to view the House & Collections at the main door on the day.  Adult tickets: £17 each, Under 18s: £5 each, Under 5s: Free

Art Classes Kent

Tuesday 31st May 14:00-14:30

Explore the Egyptian Room in half term

Fun, interactive family tours of the Egyptian Room with our Curator Naomi.

Discover Ancient Egyptian dinners, fashionable outfits, mummified cats, servants for the afterlife, magical amulets, and much more! For primary-school age children and their families.

Jazz live June Kent

Sunday 5 June

Chiddingstone Parish Council Event - Jubilee Celebration and Family Day

 Chiddingstone Parish Council are hosting a village celebration in the castle grounds to celebrate the Queens Jubilee.  All residents in the Parish are invited. It’s an all-day family orientated event. There will be a marquee, fete stalls, crafty crown competitions, children’s entertainment, The Bubble Man, Jazz, Maypole dancing, Local artists, Tug of War, Opera and more.

The day runs from 11am - 5pm. Entertainment programme order; 11am Maypole Dancing - 11:30am Tug of War - 1:30pm Dog Show - 2pm Family Sports - 3:30pm Competition Winners Announced - 4pm Opera Finale

The House & Collections, Tea Room and Gift Shop will all be open as usual. You can purchase your castle admission tickets at the main door on the day.  

Jazz live June Kent

Sunday 26 June

Small Island Project - Live at the Orangery

The Small Island Project is an exciting group fronted by the multi-talented singer, Shireen Francis who fuses jazz seamlessly with Caribbean musical forms like Reggae & Calypso music. Joining with Shireen’s vocals are guitarist Dominic Grant and steel pan player Mark Cherrie.

1:30pm: Orangery Open. 2pm to 4.30pm: Showtime 

Bring your picnic blanket and chairs. Come early and enjoy the grounds and Tea Room.  You can also purchase tickets to view the House & Collections at the main door on the day.  Adult tickets: £17 each, Under 18s: £5 each, Under 5s: Free

Jazz live June Kent

Sunday 3rd July

Summer Vintage Fair

Join us for our seventh festival of all things vintage a day for all the family. Shop from a vast array of vintage stalls, enjoy vintage style vocals from Miss Vintage and dance with the fabulous dancers from the Homefront Lindy Hop. Stay and enjoy a picnic from the delicious food stalls on offer.

11AM - 4.30PM ADULT: £7.50 CHILD: £2.50

Jazz live June Kent

Sunday 10 July

Kentish Opera - Live at the Orangery

Kentish Opera presents Opera at the Castle, live at The Orangery.

Two performances at 2pm and 6pm

Bring your picnic blanket and chairs. Come early and enjoy the grounds and Tea Room.  You can also purchase tickets to view the House at the main door on the day to explore the eccentric collections of Denys Eyre Bower.  

Jazz live June Kent

Sunday 17 July

COALMINERS New Orleans Funk - Live at the Orangery

The COALMINERS are dedicated to ‘Swamp Soul’. This brilliant band bring the rhythm and soul of New Orleans funk alive, playing songs ranging from Professor Longhair to Allen Toussaint, Mardi Gras parade anthems to Fats Domino Rock & Roll and the swampy funk of The Meters and Dr John. They take their name form the Toussaint/Dorsey classic ‘Working in A Coalmine’. 

1:30pm: Orangery Open. 2pm to 4.30pm: Showtime 

Bring your picnic blanket and chairs. Come early and enjoy the grounds and Tea Room.  You can also purchase tickets to view the House & Collections at the main door on the day.  Adult tickets: £17 each, Under 18s: £5 each, Under 5s: Free

Jazz live June Kent

Sunday 7 August

Stevie Wonder Celebration - Live at the Orangery

Celebrating the life-time genius of Stevie Wonder, the mesmeric vocalist, Noel McCalla, and award-winning saxophonist, Derek Nash, with a band on top of musicians, play a wide-ranging catalogue of Stevie Wonder’s classic hits. Noel McCalla is acclaimed as one of Britain’s best Soul Singers (Blues and Soul Magazine). Derek Nash has played in Jools Holland’s Band for many years and his own group, Sax Appeal, has both won and has been nominated for several British Jazz Awards.

1:30pm: Orangery Open. 2pm to 4.30pm: Showtime 

Bring your picnic blanket and chairs. Come early and enjoy the grounds and Tea Room.  You can also purchase tickets to view the House & Collections at the main door on the day.  Adult tickets: £22.50 each, Under 18s: £5 each, Under 5s: Free

Jazz live June Kent

Bank Holiday Monday 29 August

Latin Live - Live at the Orangery

Derek Nash’s Picante brings a Latin music vibe to The Orangery. Think Buena Vista Social Club, Sergio Mendes, Stan Getz, Astrid Gilberto and the Gypsy Kings. Mambo, Salsa, Samba and Bossa Nova styles. Dancing optional. In association with The Listening Room Music Agency. 

1:30pm: Orangery Open. 2pm to 4.30pm: Showtime 

Bring your picnic blanket and chairs. Come early and enjoy the grounds and Tea Room.  You can also purchase tickets to view the House & Collections at the main door on the day.  Adult tickets: £20 each, Under 18s: £5 each, Under 5s: Free

Jazz live June Kent

Sunday 25 September

Shades of Miles - Live at the Orangery

Ace trumpeter Paul Higgs plays the music of Miles Davis, the most revered jazz trumpeter of all time, at the forefront of major innovations in jazz from the ‘40s to the ’90s – from bebop to the cool of ‘Kind of Blue’, jazz fusion and jazz funk. Paul & his band play well-known favourites from these styles as well as some less familiar gems. 

1:30pm: Orangery Open. 2pm to 4.30pm: Showtime 

Bring your picnic blanket and chairs. Come early and enjoy the grounds and Tea Room.  You can also purchase tickets to view the House & Collections at the main door on the day.  Adult tickets: £17 each, Under 18s: £5 each, Under 5s: Free

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Opening Hours

GROUNDS AND LAKE

Open daily 7am - 6.30pm

 

CASTLE, COLLECTIONS & TEA ROOM

The Castle and Tea Room are open 3rd April - 26th October 2022 Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday 11am-5pm (last entry 4:15pm)

 

 

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