What's On

 Chiddingstone Castle have 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

April 3rd - October 30th 2022, Sunday, Monday, Tuesday 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. 

Past Events


Art Classes Kent

Monday 18th and Tuesday 26th October, 12.00

Talk in Buddhist Room

20 mins and Q&A with Graham Dixon

Discover how to ‘read’ the statues, paintings, and other sacred objects in the Buddhist Room and learn about their original meaning.

Art Classes Kent

Tuesday 31st August - Sunday 31st October

Chiddingstone Castle & The Ceramic House, host a free online virtual exhibition, 'Neither Increasing Nor Decreasing'

  ‘As part of The Ceramic House’s ‘Interbeing’ project, a group of important established Chinese ceramic artists selected by Shanghai Academy of Fine Art are responding to objects in the Castle’s Buddhist collection with their works. The results will be available to view online between the 31st of August and the 31st of October via the following link. 

Visitors to the Castle can view the selected Buddhist objects on display and remotely view the Chinese artworks on their smartphones.

Art Classes Kent

11 - 24 October 11am - 5pm, Monday, Tuesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday

Exhibition: Political Prisoner - Journals from Zambia on Death Row

Ella Shamwana has created an exhibition of her work following the fascinating narrative of Edward Jack Shamwana, former Zambian High Court Commissioner. Shamwana spent 10 years incarcerated as a political prisoner for an attempted coup to overthrow corrupt president, Kenneth Kaunda. Between 1980 and 1990 he spent time on death row, and endured torture both mentally and physically. Edward maintained journals throughout his sentence, the existence of which allows this exhibition to follow his story through the eyes of his loved ones, as well as his own.
Find out more about the project via Ella’s website

Art Classes Kent

Sunday 24 October 11am - 4pm

Ikenobo Surrey Chapter present Japanese Floral Art - "Glorious Autumnal Colours"

Ikenobo originated in Kyoto, Japan over 500 years ago as Buddhist floral offerings, making it the oldest form of Ikebana. This beautiful art is passed down through generations of the Ikenobo family, who are devoted to teaching future teachers and students, resulting in the art of Ikenobo spreading around the world. Floral Art is about more than just arranging flowers; it is about understanding the life of flowers and plants as well as the human heart. This is a unique opportunity to experience this tranquil art form.

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Literary Festival Podcasts 2021

Chiddingstone Castle hosted the Literary Festival Fringe during July, August and September 2021. If you enjoy the recordings sign up to our newsletter to be the first to hear about our 2022 event to come and enjoy the wonderful atmosphere in person.

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The Castle and Tea Room are now closed for the winter season 



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