What's On

Subject to COVID-19 guidelines we plan outdoor entertainment including music, theatre, cafe, fairs and festivals, including a special focus on Year of Japan and of course our Literary Festival Fringe.  Within the castle we hope to arrange music, food and learning events to reflect our history and collections.  Please follow us on Facebook for updates.

Shakespeare Live Kent

Castle Admission

Weekly; Sunday, Monday, Tuesday 11am-5pm

We are delighted to welcome you 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. 

Vintage fair August Kent

Sunday 8 August

Summer Vintage Fair

All things vintage in the grounds - homewares, furnishings, fashion, jewellery and gardenalia. Refreshments available. Stay all day. Get 10% discount on tickets online here or buy on the day (subject to capacity).

Art Classes Kent

Tuesday 10 August 2pm

Explore the Egyptian Room with our curator – a fun summer holiday tour for the family

Drop in to the Egyptian Room where Naomi Collick, our Curator will be giving short family-friendly, interactive tours, targeted at families with primary school-age children during the summer holidays - especially useful for those studying Egypt at school!

(included in Castle visit ticket, approx. 20 – 30 mins). 

Jazz live June Kent

Sunday 15 August

Stevie Wonder Celebration Live

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.

Art Classes Kent

Thursday 19 August 5-6pm

Literary Festival Fringe: Natalie Haynes - Pandora’s Jar; Women in the Greek Myths

A brilliant classicist as well as a stand-up comedian, Natalie Haynes takes the women of
Greek myths - who are sidelined, vilified, misunderstood or ignored - and puts them centre
stage, in a witty and entertaining talk.

Art Classes Kent

Thursday 19 August 7-8pm

Literary Festival Fringe: Martin Gayford - Spring Cannot be Cancelled; David Hockney in

Art critic Martin Gayford presents an illustrated talk based on Hockney’s latest paintings
(currently exhibiting at the Royal Academy) and a wealth of new conversations and
correspondence with Hockney, his long-time friend and collaborator.

Jazz live June Kent

Sunday 22 August

Family Theatre at the Orangery - Alice's Adventures In Wonderland 2.30pm

 How mad are the Mad Hatter and the Hare? Is the Dormouse crackers? What does the Dodo do? Where is the White Rabbit going? Ideally suited to aged 4 and above group (though adults have fallen under its spell, despite their best efforts to look grownup!).  Audiences are introduced to (or re-acquainted with) many of the extraordinary characters that our eponymous heroine encounters during her wanderings in Wonderland.

Jazz live June Kent

Sunday 22 August

Family Theatre at the Orangery - Into The Breach 6pm

A wonderful comedy written and performed by Mark Carey. It’s “Dad’s Army meets The Vicar of Dibley!”                                   George Crocker is keen to liven up his dull life so he decides to join the village Drama Club hoping to play the panto dame. What happens next turns his world upside down and instead he finds himself taking on the role of Henry 5th!

Jazz live June Kent
Jazz live June Kent

Sunday 29 August

Japan Festival 11am - 5pm

A celebration of Japanese culture and the fascinating art collection at Chiddingstone Castle. The day will be packed with activities, demonstrations, and performances including traditional music, dance, martial arts, calligraphy, stalls, talks, and displays. A great day out for all the family and a chance to experience Japanese arts and traditions. Refreshments available. The Japan Festival is supported by a grant from The Great Britain Sasakawa Foundation.  All day tickets: Adults £10. Child £5.

Official event of the Japan Season of Culture.

Art Classes Kent

Thursday 2 September 2-3pm

Literary Festival Fringe: Sebastian Faulks with Cathy Rentzenbrink - Snow Country

 Sebastian Faulks joins us on the very day his new novel is published. Sweeping across Europe as it recovers from one war and hides its face from the next, Snow Country is a landmark novel of exquisite yearnings, dreams of youth and the sanctity of hope. Cathy Rentzenbrink is a much loved interviewer at Chiddingstone and the author of Dear Reader. Her first novel Everyone is Still Alive is published in July.

Art Classes Kent

Thursday 2 September 4-5pm

Literary Festival Fringe: Deborah Moggach with Rowan Pelling – The Black Dress

Bestselling author of The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, Deborah Moggach unveils her new,
beautifully observed, darkly funny, tender and surprising novel. The Black Dress is about life
changes and the unexpected twists and pleasures of being alone. Rowan Pelling is a Daily Telegraph columnist and editor of Perspective Magazine.

Art Classes Kent

Monday & Tuesday 6,7, 13,14, 20,21 September

Painting with Larraine Shamwana

So many attendees asked when the next course was, so here it is. Larraine is hosting classes on Mondays and Tuesdays in September in the Goodhugh Room at Chiddingstone Castle.  Choose one day or book every Monday and Tuesday. Suits all levels of skill and experience. Complete beginners welcome.

Art Classes Kent

Sunday 12 September

Imagine The Beatles

So may I introduce to you ‘ - one of the UK’s leading Beatles tribute bands… a fantastic afternoon event for all the family where the Beatles hits keep coming. ‘Imagine The BEATLES’ play across the UK and overseas. These boys will take you back to the great days of the 60’s. From the early Cavern days through Beatlemania 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! Our support act is the locally renowned solo pianist, Roger Lewin.

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Virtual Literary Festival 2020

Chiddingstone Castle is thrilled to announce a series of live, in-person events taking place in the Castle gardens during July, August and September 2021 at the Literary Festival Fringe.

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