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 Castle and Collections are open to the public on Sundays, Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays until the 30th October 2024

We look forward to welcoming you 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 in advance or as a gift voucher please click here. 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. For private hire enquiries Thursday, Friday and Saturdays please see our venue page. For fishing payments and gift vouchers please click here.

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Vintage at Chiddingstone Castle

Summer Vintage Fair - Sunday 30 June

The Summer Vintage Fair returns to Chiddingstone Castle for its Ninth 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 14 July

Buddhist Talk with Graham Dixon 2pm

30 mins and Q&A with our expert volunteers

This talk is an opportunity to discover more about the statues, paintings, and other sacred objects in the Buddhist Room and learn about their original meaning. Graham, alongside his PHD in Musicology and extensive experience in radio, has an MA in Buddhist Studies and an in-depth understanding of the Castle’s collection. He assisted with the creation of the current Buddhist Room displays.

Jazz live June Kent

Sunday 14th July

Circus of Curiosities from The Festival Theatre

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

A joyous event with brilliant circus artists and a few curiosities to boot. The afternoon will feel like a mini festival, everyone (over 18months) needs a ticket which will give you entry to all the events including; Showoffs Circus School with workshops in all sorts of circus skills from juggling to flower sticks, Hands Down Circus’ performances of ‘Tape That’ a charming, light-hearted, non-verbal acrobatic duet and you can meet the animals at The Puppet Petting Farm. 

Bring your picnic blanket and chairs. Come early and enjoy the grounds and Tea Room.  No dogs are allowed in the Orangery lawn area for this event.

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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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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.  

Jazz live June Kent

Sunday 11 August

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.

Jazz live June Kent

Sunday 11 August

Buddhist Talk with Graham Dixon 2pm

30 mins and Q&A with our expert volunteers

This talk is an opportunity to discover more about the statues, paintings, and other sacred objects in the Buddhist Room and learn about their original meaning. Graham, alongside his PHD in Musicology and extensive experience in radio, has an MA in Buddhist Studies and an in-depth understanding of the Castle’s collection. He assisted with the creation of the current Buddhist Room displays.

Jazz live June Kent

Sunday 18th August

The Wind in The Willows from The Festival Theatre

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

Join us for a whirlwind ride through the seasons as Ratty, Mole and Badger follow the impulsive Toad on his hapless misadventures in this exquisite ‘low-tech’ show.

Based on the bedtime stories that Kenneth Grahame imagined for his son Alexander, The Wind in the Willows was first published in 1908 and soon became a firm favourite of children and adults alike. This lively, engaging and ebullient one-man performance  comes from Mat’s own condensed version of the original 1908 text, not adapted or reworded, just a little snip here and there.

Bring your picnic blanket and chairs. Come early and enjoy the grounds and Tea Room.  No dogs are allowed in the Orangery lawn area for this event.

Jazz live June Kent

Sunday 25th August

The Story of the Samurai - Japanese Room, 12pm

Join us for a presentation by our Japanese collection volunteer, Ian Morgan, on the history of the samurai warriors of Japan. Discover the story of the failed Mongol invasion, the three unifiers of Japan, the real last samurai, and a swordsmith who still produces samurai swords in Japan today. Ian will share images and his insight into Japanese armour and swords, examples of which can be viewed in the castle’s Japanese Room. He will also illustrate his talk with images of samurai armour encountered on his travels in Japan and the Netherlands.

The presentation will last around 30 minutes, with time for Q&A after.

 

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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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Sunday 15th – Wednesday 18th September

Sunday 22nd – Wednesday 25th September

Display of Kimono and Obidome

The castle rooms will once again be visited by beautiful arrangements of Japanese kimono this September. The kimono is the traditional dress of Japan, worn by both men and women. They will be arranged, along with accompanying obidome or belt accessories, by Sachiko Pearce. Sachiko collects kimono and obidome and is an expert in kimono dressing as well as the Japanese tea ceremony and ikebana, the art of flower arranging.

On Sunday 15th September, Sachiko will launch the display with a talk on the history of kimono and obidome. Obidome are tiny works of art crafted in metal, lacquer, shell, or other precious materials. Sachiko’s talk will take place at 12.00 with time for questions.

There is no need to book for the talk – the display and talk are included with 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 Opening Hours

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

Sunday 31st March - Wednesday 30th October

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