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.
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Castle Admission & Tea Rooms

The 2024 season opens on 31st March

We look forward to welcoming you back to explore our historic house, take a look at how the previous owners lived and view the fascinating collections of Japanese, Stuart and Jacobite, Ancient Egyptian, and Buddhist art and artefacts collected by Denys Eyre Bower.  The Tea Room will also re-open on the same day. To book an Afternoon Tea or admission tickets in advance as gifts please see the link below. If you would like to reserve a space for larger parties (or organise a future group visit for 2024) please email us at hello@chiddingstonecastle.org.uk or phone us on 01892 870 347.

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Sunday 31 March

Open for 2024 - Join us for 3 expert talks

30 mins and Q&A with our expert volunteers

Naomi Collick in The Egyptian Room

Mark Streatfeild and the House History in The Great Hall

Ian Morgan with The Japanese Collection

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Sunday 14 April

Hysterical History Children's Workshop with Dr Digby Rocks in the Orangery

 Dr Digby Rocks is visiting Chiddingstone Castle again to bring to life Adventures in Egyptology. Hysterical History’s very own archaeologist, will help your little ones become mini Egyptologists through a bunch of fun learning games and fascinating interactive talks! Bring them along to play Bone Bingo, try their hand at Mummy Wrapping, Learn how to write hieroglyphs and more. Free badge for every trainee egyptologist and lots of fun. Once they have finished becoming an expert on Ancient Egypt, you can all explore inside the castle and discover the fantastic collection of original artefacts. Parents bring your picnic blanket and relax on the Orangery lawn with the children in sight or gather round in The Orangery itself to watch them get involved up close. Tickets include entrance to the House & Collections.

Recommended age 5-11. Adults must remain in the Orangery area for the duration of the workshop and with the children inside the castle while completing the trail. Accompanying adults get a discounted rate for castle admission.

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Sunday 21st April

Classic Car Drive It Day at Chiddingstone Castle

Join us in your classic car at Chiddingstone Castle near Edenbridge, Kent on Sunday 21 April between 11am and 4 pm to support National Drive It Day in support of NSPCC Childline.

Meet fellow enthusiasts, swap motoring stories and admire a fabulous collection of cars. Park your motor on the lawn with Chiddingstone Castle as your backdrop. All historic marques welcome (pre-1980) as well as invited car clubs and modern classics. Visit the historic house, enjoy a cream tea and more in the Tea Room and Courtyard and enjoy a live jazz concert at the Orangery (concert tickets available here).

All classic cars will be guided onto the lawns subject to ground conditions. We can all make a huge difference to Childline by supporting Drive it Day: please buy your official 2024 Rally Plates here

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Sunday 21st April

Kent Youth Jazz Orchestra - Live at The Orangery

Jazz and jazz-funk performed by the Kent Youth Jazz Orchestra. These gifted young people from across Kent and Medway play under the direction of their Musical Directors trombonist Graham Mann and saxophonist Mike Austin.

1:30pm: Orangery Opens. 2pm - 4pm  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. 

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Sunday 12 May

Tribute to David Bowie, The Thin White Duke - Live at The Orangery

Whether you’re just discovering David Bowie through the recent ‘Moonage Daydream’ movie, or have been a fan since the early 70s, you’ll thrill to the sound of this wonderful tribute to the Music of  Bowie from The Thin White Duke Band. The 6-piece band deliver a passionate two hour performance, and lovingly recreate the sound and vision of a live Bowie show.

1:30pm: Orangery Opens. 2pm - 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. 

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Sunday 26 May

Imagine THE BEATLES - Live at The Orangery

Imagine THE BEATLES … Back for the 3rd year by popular demand ‘ - One of the UK’s leading Beatles tribute bands…..For a fantastic afternoon event where the Beatles hits will just keep coming.  ‘Imagine The BEATLES’  play all over the UK and overseas, these boys will take you back to the great days of the 60’s. From the early Cavern days through Bealtlemania then right up to Abbey Road and back, stopping at Penny Lane en route. This is one Magical Mystery Tour you won’t want to miss! Yeh Yeh Yeh! Get your Ticket To Ride!

1:30pm: Orangery Opens. 2pm - 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. 

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Sunday 16 June

The Cockney Knights tribute Chas 'n' Dave - Live at The Orangery

The Cockney Knights bring their Rockney Knees Up Show to the Orangery at Chiddingstone Castle including a full gusto tribute to Chas n’ Dave.

1:30pm: Orangery Opens. 2pm - 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. 

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Vintage at Chiddingstone Castle

Summer Vintage Fair - Sunday 30 June

The Summer Vintage Fair returns to Chiddingstone Castle for its Nineth year. With an extensive array of fabulous French and English homewares, decorative vintage, textiles, furniture, fashion, jewellery, accessories, pre-loved items and gardenalia - this truly is a festival of all things vintage. Bringing both Vintage & Home Front themes to the entertainment programme, with singing & dancing throughout the day.

 The atmosphere at these events is truly wonderful, shopping and entertainment as well as plenty of delicious food and drink all create a lovely experience and day out. Potential stall holders do get in touch with us for more details.

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Sunday 21 July

Caribbean Island Project - Live at the Orangery

The Caribbean 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.  

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Summer Holidays - Dates TBC

Family Theatre at the Orangery

The Festival Theatre comes on tour from our neighbours at Hever Castle bringing fun family theatre shows to The Orangery!

 

Bring your picnic blanket and chairs. Come early and enjoy the grounds and Tea Room.  More details to come soon.

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Sunday 4 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. From Signed, Sealed, Delivered through to hits from albums Innervisions, Songs in the Key of Life and Hotter than July; 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.  

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Bank Holiday Monday 26 August

Sounds of the 80s - Live at the Orangery

Celebrating The Sounds of the 80’s with Hit after Hit by Crowded House, U2, The Pretenders, Squeeze,
Fleetwood Mac, The Travelling Wilbury’s, Dire Straits, The Cranberries, Paul Weller, Bryan Adams, Fairground
Attraction, and R.E.M. All brought to you live with the enthusiasm & brilliance of the acclaimed covers band ‘Squeeze A Crowd’.
1:30pm: Orangery Open, 2pm to 4.30pm : Showtime

Bring your picnic blanket and chairs. Come early and enjoy the grounds and Tea Room.

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COMING SOON

We are currently finalising our full 2024 event programme

 We are adding events in as and when they are confirmed so do keep checking back to see what is coming up in 2024. In the meantime you can book gift vouchers for fishing, cream teas, full afternoon teas and castle admission.

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Join the Team

Volunteer to suit you – woodland, grounds, rose garden, tea room, shop, collections

Chiddingstone Castle is honoured to have such super volunteers on the team. We enjoy their company and experience. They enjoy getting together with like-minded folk for a morning here and there that suits their own schedule, working on their own tasks or on team projects to help the Castle. If you have some spare time and are looking for something to do, It’s a lot of fun!

Email us to arrange an informal chat at hello@chiddingstonecastle.org.uk

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Opening Hours

CASTLE, COLLECTIONS & TEA ROOM

The Castle, Tea Room and Gift Shop are NOW CLOSED for the Winter season.

We re-open on Sunday 31st March 2024 

Sunday, Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday 11am-5pm (last entry 4:15pm)

GROUNDS AND LAKE

Open daily 7am - 6.30pm except when closed for private functions

Fishing available

 

 

WEDDINGS, FILM SHOOTS AND PRIVATE BOOKINGS ENQUIRIES
Monday - Friday, 9am - 5pm