Dates announced for 2018 Literary Festival at Chiddingstone Castle in Kent

 

Chiddingstone Castle is looking forward to delivering another fantastic literary festival between Sunday 6 May and Tuesday 8 May 2018 when a great new line-up of authors, illustrators, poets and children’s performers will be at the Castle. Once again, the festival will be sponsored by investment management firm Brooks Macdonald.

The festival programme will offer author talks for adults and teenagers on Sunday 6 May, a wide range of events for families on Bank Holiday Monday 7 May, and a whole day of children’s authors, illustrators and workshops especially for schools on Tuesday 8 May.

The Tunbridge Wells office of investment management firm Brooks Macdonald is the proud title sponsor for the second year running of Chiddingstone Castle Literary Festival 2018. The festival, now in its third year, will take place during and after the first Bank Holiday weekend in May at Chiddingstone Castle, near Edenbridge, West Kent.

Pam Beith, Senior Investment Director and Head of Brooks Macdonald’s Tunbridge Wells office, said:

“We are delighted to once again sponsor Chiddingstone Castle Literary Festival. This year’s festival was a huge success and we were very proud to be associated with it. 2018’s event will yet again include an impressive line-up of well-known authors covering a wide range of topics offering something for all age groups. 

At Brooks Macdonald we firmly believe in giving back to our local community and we have an established history of supporting the arts. The festival has a very strong following in Kent and beyond and sponsoring Chiddingstone Castle Literary Festival 2018 also provides us with a wonderful platform to continue raising awareness of our business in Kent and the South East.”

A limited-edition Sunday Day Pass for next year’s literary festival is now available online for just £70, visit www.chiddingstonecastle.org.uk/literary-festival-2018. These reduced-price vouchers allow the holder access to:

  • All seven talks from renowned authors Ian Rankin, Diana Henry, Anna Pasternak, John Sutherland and Erwin James, Adam Kay and Cathy Rentzenbrink, Sir Anthony Seldon and Anne de Courcy in the Main Marquee on Sunday 6th May
  • Visit the Castle’s historic rooms and collection of art and artefacts
  • Enjoy a free glass of wine in the festival bar

Register your interest on our pre-registration page to be first to hear when our Box Office opens, and follow our Facebook Event Page for updates. Tickets to individual events will be available to purchase online from 1st March 2018.   www.chiddingstonecastle.org.uk/literary-festival-2018

2018 Literary Festival Programme

SUNDAY 6TH MAY

Ian Rankin – the UK’s no.1 bestselling crime writer will talk to Jake Kerridge, crime reviewer for the Daily Telegraph, about the inspiration behind his Rebus novels.

Anna Pasternak – author of Lara: The Untold Love Story that Inspired Dr Zhivago will talk about her great uncle Boris Pasternak and his remarkable life with its many parallels in his writing. Geoffrey Streatfeild will read excerpts from his letters and works.

John Sutherland – author of Blue: Keeping the Peace and Falling Apart and a Commissioner in the Metropolitan Police will be in conversation with Erwin James author of Redeemable: A Memoir of Darkness and Hope, an ex-prisoner convicted of murder who now writes for the Guardian and edits Inside Time (prison newspaper). They will talk about their experiences of crime, punishment and policing and their effects on both their own mental health.

Diana Henry – cookery writer for the Daily Telegraph and author of Simple, will talk about her new book How to Eat a Peach which contains many of Diana’s favourite dishes in menus that will take you through the year and to different parts of the world.

Anne de Courcy – author of The Fishing Fleet, The Viceroy’s Daughters and other social history/biographies will talk about her latest book The Husband Hunters: Social Climbing in London and New York, at the end of the 19th century beginning of the 20th. Think Downtown Abbey.

Adam Kay with Cathy Rentzenbrink – From comedian and former junior doctor, This Is Going to Hurt provides a no-holds-barred account of his time on the NHS front line, scribbled in secret after endless days, sleepless nights and missed weekends. He will be in conversation with Cathy Rentzenbrink, the writer of Last Act of Love and A Manual for Heartache.

Sir Nigel Shadbolt  –has written The Digital Ape: How smart machines are transforming us all and what we should do about it. An expert in the field of Artificial Intelligence, he will talk about its significance in the future of science and education, and its impact on human life.

Linda Porter, Leanda de Lisle, Lucy Moore – authors of Royal Renegades, The White King: Charles I, and Lady Fanshawe’s Receipt Book. These three highly regarded historians will discuss ‘Royalist Women’.

Daljit Nagra – the author of several poetry anthologies (his latest is The British Museum), teaches poetry at Brunel University and is Radio 4’s poet in residence. He will read from his poems and describe how he became a poet with Radio 4’s poetry editor Emma Harding.

Sam Leith – literary editor of The Spectator (author of Write to the Point) will talk about persuasive writing and the importance of grammar. He will then deliver a workshop for people to produce their own.

Eddie Armer – experienced artist, will lead 3 classes in life drawing throughout the day in the Streatfeild Room.

BANK HOLIDAY MONDAY 7TH MAY

ADULT PROGRAMME:

Jim Al-Khalili – physicist, author of What’s Next and broadcaster on Radio 4’s The Life Scientific will be in conversation with his publisher Andrew Franklin about the future of Science, AI and Robotics.

Kate Mosse – the bestselling author of Labyrinth will be discussing her new historical novel The Burning Chambers set in 16th century France with local author Deborah Lawrenson.

Evan Davis – BBC2’s Newsnight anchor will discuss his book Post-Truth: Why We Have Reached Peak Bullshit and What We Can Do About It, alongside current political events with Channel 5 News presenter Andy Bell.

Leigh Ladies Choir – will perform for the first time, a choral piece specially written for them.

CHILDREN’S PROGRAMME:

Pericles Theatre Company will return with a musical performance for all the family in the Orangery based on a traditional Romanian fairy tale.

Lauren Child – the new Children’s Laureate will talk about writing and illustrating her prize-winning children’s books including Charlie & Lola, Clarice Bean and Ruby Redfort.

David Melling – author of Hugless Douglas and many other children’s books will read, draw and entertain 3-5yr olds.

Aardman Animations – creators of Wallace and Gromit, Sean the Sheep and their forthcoming film Early Man (Jan 2018) will hold 3 modelling workshops throughout our Family Day.

Story Makers – creative writing and storytelling workshops for children aged 7-11 with Shelley Fallows.

Scoop Magazine – workshop for children aged 7+ on How to make a Magazine with the founder of the beautiful children’s magazine Scoop.

TUESDAY 8TH MAY – SCHOOLS DAY

Really Big Pants Theatre Company – return with Plundered! An exciting new performance with pirates, puppets and audience participation.

Cressida Cowell – the hugely popular no. 1 best-selling author of How to Train Your Dragon will talk about her new series for children The Wizards of Once.

Abi Elphinstone – the irrepressible author of The Dreamsnatcher, The Nightspinner and her forthcoming novel Sky Song will enthuse children about reading, writing and exploring their imaginations.

Guy Bass and illustrator Pete Williamson – creators of the Stitch Head series for children will perform an entertaining double act with live drawing.

Philip Ardagh – local author of over 100 books will talk about his new Secret Diary series, which combine history and humour, as told by Jane Pinny, Victorian Housemaid and John Drawbridge Medieval Knight in Training. Perfect for a festival in a castle!

Andrew Clover – comedian, actor and children’s author will perform his hilarious Seven Secrets of Storytelling show.

Notes to Editors.

Address:   Chiddingstone Castle, Chiddingstone, Edenbridge, Kent TN8 7AD 

Tunbridge Wells Ice Rink News

 

Father Christmas in Kent

Father Christmas and his friendly elves will be welcoming families visiting the picturesque Calverley Grounds ice rink in Royal Tunbridge Wells on selected dates from Saturday 2 December to Sunday 24 December 2017.

Each personalised family visit will allow plenty of time to talk to Father Christmas before children choose a gift and have a family photograph taken with Father Christmas.  The mounted photograph (one per family), children’s gift and visit is included in the ticket price of £14.50 for children (all adults pay £2.00 each when accompanying children).

“Our authentic Father Christmas visit has been the talk of Kent for more than eight years and is always well received by visitors to the ice rink. Everything we do is incredibly authentic and each visit to see Father Christmas lasts ten minutes.  Time slots are booked in advance to eliminate queuing.”  said organiser Darryl Curcher.

To pre-book your tickets to see Father Christmas in Kent visit www.fatherchristmasinkent.co.uk

We strongly advise booking in advance to avoid any disappointment as this event is very popular.  A maximum of 10 per family booking can be accommodated due to the size of the log cabin.

Royal Tunbridge Wells ice rink will be open seven days a week from Friday 17 Nov 2017 – Monday 1 Jan ‘2018 (closed Christmas Day). Visit www.tunbridgewellsatchristmas.com to book.

There are morning and afternoon parent and toddler sessions from 18 November to 20 December 2017 and these can be booked online.

It is advisable to book early for key dates.

Tunbridge Wells Ice-rink, Calverley Park, Mount Pleasant Ave, Royal Tunbridge Wells, Kent, TN1 1RS

Dates announced for 2018 Literary Festival at Chiddingstone Castle in Kent

   

 

Dates announced for 2018 Literary Festival at Chiddingstone Castle in Kent

Chiddingstone Castle is looking forward to delivering another fantastic literary festival between Sunday 6 May and Tuesday 8 May 2018 when a great new line-up of authors, illustrators, poets and children’s performers will be at the Castle. Once again, the festival will be sponsored by investment management firm Brooks Macdonald.

The festival programme will offer author talks for adults and teenagers on Sunday 6 May, a wide range of events for families on Bank Holiday Monday 7 May, and a whole day of children’s authors, illustrators and workshops especially for schools on Tuesday 8 May.

The Tunbridge Wells office of investment management firm Brooks Macdonald is the proud title sponsor for the second year running of Chiddingstone Castle Literary Festival 2018. The festival, now in its third year, will take place during and after the first Bank Holiday weekend in May at Chiddingstone Castle, near Edenbridge, West Kent.

Pam Beith, Senior Investment Director and Head of Brooks Macdonald’s Tunbridge Wells office, said:

“We are delighted to once again sponsor Chiddingstone Castle Literary Festival. This year’s festival was a huge success and we were very proud to be associated with it. 2018’s event will yet again include an impressive line-up of well-known authors covering a wide range of topics offering something for all age groups. 

At Brooks Macdonald we firmly believe in giving back to our local community and we have an established history of supporting the arts. The festival has a very strong following in Kent and beyond and sponsoring Chiddingstone Castle Literary Festival 2018 also provides us with a wonderful platform to continue raising awareness of our business in Kent and the South East.”

A limited-edition Sunday Day Pass for next year’s literary festival is now available online for just £70, visit www.chiddingstonecastle.org.uk/literary-festival-2018. These reduced-price vouchers allow the holder access to:

  • All seven talks from renowned authors Ian Rankin, Diana Henry, Anna Pasternak, John Sutherland and Erwin James, Adam Kay and Cathy Rentzenbrink, Sir Anthony Seldon and Anne de Courcy in the Main Marquee on Sunday 6th May
  • Visit the Castle’s historic rooms and collection of art and artefacts
  • Enjoy a free glass of wine in the festival bar

 

Register your interest on our pre-registration page to be first to hear when our Box Office opens, and follow our Facebook Event Page for updates. Tickets to individual events will be available to purchase online from 1st March 2018.   www.chiddingstonecastle.org.uk/literary-festival-2018

2018 Literary Festival Programme

SUNDAY 6TH MAY

Ian Rankin – the UK’s no.1 bestselling crime writer will talk to Jake Kerridge, crime reviewer for the Daily Telegraph, about the inspiration behind his Rebus novels.

Anna Pasternak – author of Lara: The Untold Love Story that Inspired Dr Zhivago will talk about her great uncle Boris Pasternak and his remarkable life with its many parallels in his writing. Geoffrey Streatfeild will read excerpts from his letters and works.

John Sutherland – author of Blue: Keeping the Peace and Falling Apart and a Commissioner in the Metropolitan Police will be in conversation with Erwin James author of Redeemable: A Memoir of Darkness and Hope, an ex-prisoner convicted of murder who now writes for the Guardian and edits Inside Time (prison newspaper). They will talk about their experiences of crime, punishment and policing and their effects on both their own mental health.

Diana Henry – cookery writer for the Daily Telegraph and author of Simple, will talk about her new book How to Eat a Peach which contains many of Diana’s favourite dishes in menus that will take you through the year and to different parts of the world.

Anne de Courcy – author of The Fishing Fleet, The Viceroy’s Daughters and other social history/biographies will talk about her latest book The Husband Hunters: Social Climbing in London and New York, at the end of the 19th century beginning of the 20th. Think Downtown Abbey.

Adam Kay with Cathy Rentzenbrink – From comedian and former junior doctor, This Is Going to Hurt provides a no-holds-barred account of his time on the NHS front line, scribbled in secret after endless days, sleepless nights and missed weekends. He will be in conversation with Cathy Rentzenbrink, the writer of Last Act of Love and A Manual for Heartache.

Sir Nigel Shadbolt  –has written The Digital Ape: How smart machines are transforming us all and what we should do about it. An expert in the field of Artificial Intelligence, he will talk about its significance in the future of science and education, and its impact on human life.

Linda Porter, Leanda de Lisle, Lucy Moore – authors of Royal Renegades, The White King: Charles I, and Lady Fanshawe’s Receipt Book. These three highly regarded historians will discuss ‘Royalist Women’.

Daljit Nagra – the author of several poetry anthologies (his latest is The British Museum), teaches poetry at Brunel University and is Radio 4’s poet in residence. He will read from his poems and describe how he became a poet with Radio 4’s poetry editor Emma Harding.

Sam Leith – literary editor of The Spectator (author of Write to the Point) will talk about persuasive writing and the importance of grammar. He will then deliver a workshop for people to produce their own.

Eddie Armer – experienced artist, will lead 3 classes in life drawing throughout the day in the Streatfeild Room.

BANK HOLIDAY MONDAY 7TH MAY

ADULT PROGRAMME:

Jim Al-Khalili – physicist, author of What’s Next and broadcaster on Radio 4’s The Life Scientific will be in conversation with his publisher Andrew Franklin about the future of Science, AI and Robotics.

Kate Mosse – the bestselling author of Labyrinth will be discussing her new historical novel The Burning Chambers set in 16th century France with local author Deborah Lawrenson.

Evan Davis – BBC2’s Newsnight anchor will discuss his book Post-Truth: Why We Have Reached Peak Bullshit and What We Can Do About It, alongside current political events with Channel 5 News presenter Andy Bell.

Leigh Ladies Choir – will perform for the first time, a choral piece specially written for them.

CHILDREN’S PROGRAMME:

Pericles Theatre Company will return with a musical performance for all the family in the Orangery based on a traditional Romanian fairy tale.

Lauren Child – the new Children’s Laureate will talk about writing and illustrating her prize-winning children’s books including Charlie & Lola, Clarice Bean and Ruby Redfort.

David Melling – author of Hugless Douglas and many other children’s books will read, draw and entertain 3-5yr olds.

Aardman Animations – creators of Wallace and Gromit, Sean the Sheep and their forthcoming film Early Man (Jan 2018) will hold 3 modelling workshops throughout our Family Day.

Story Makers – creative writing and storytelling workshops for children aged 7-11 with Shelley Fallows.

Scoop Magazine – workshop for children aged 7+ on How to make a Magazine with the founder of the beautiful children’s magazine Scoop.

TUESDAY 8TH MAY – SCHOOLS DAY

Really Big Pants Theatre Company – return with Plundered! An exciting new performance with pirates, puppets and audience participation.

Cressida Cowell – the hugely popular no. 1 best-selling author of How to Train Your Dragon will talk about her new series for children The Wizards of Once.

Abi Elphinstone – the irrepressible author of The Dreamsnatcher, The Nightspinner and her forthcoming novel Sky Song will enthuse children about reading, writing and exploring their imaginations.

Guy Bass and illustrator Pete Williamson – creators of the Stitch Head series for children will perform an entertaining double act with live drawing.

Philip Ardagh – local author of over 100 books will talk about his new Secret Diary series, which combine history and humour, as told by Jane Pinny, Victorian Housemaid and John Drawbridge Medieval Knight in Training. Perfect for a festival in a castle!

Andrew Clover – comedian, actor and children’s author will perform his hilarious Seven Secrets of Storytelling show.

Notes to Editors.

Address:   Chiddingstone Castle, Chiddingstone, Edenbridge, Kent TN8 7AD 

Steam into the New Year on the Kent & East Sussex Railway

Loco No.23 hauls the last train of the day into Tenterden

Feeling a bit flat after Christmas, then why not visit Tenterden’s Steam Railway and enjoy a nostalgic journey through the beautiful winter landscape on either 30, 31 December 2017 or 1 January 2018.

After trains leave the picturesque town of Tenterden they travel across the marshes and Wealden Valley to the stations at Rolvenden, Wittersham Road, Northiam and Bodiam.  At Rolvenden there is a viewing platform where passengers can see newly renovated locomotives and others which are already in service.

Before arriving at Bodiam, passengers can see the magnificent medieval castle which was built to defend the highest navigable point of the Rother.  The train also passes through fields which were once covered with the typical hop gardens that brought so much traffic to this railway.

Bodiam Castle is a 10-minute walk away across the valley and passengers deciding to visit the Castle can take advantage of reduced admission when showing their Kent & East Sussex Railway ticket used for travel on the same day as making a visit to the Castle.

Bodiam Castle has several events taking place post Christmas which are free with Castle admission including a ‘Candle Lit Story Weekend’ between 11am and 3pm where visitors can join costumed storytellers for medieval-inspired children’s stories in the candle-lit tower. The ‘Light and Celebration Event’ takes visitors through the decorated castle to discover what advent and the twelfth night would have meant to the residents of Bodiam Castle.

Steam trains on 30, 31 December 2017 and 1 January 2018 depart from Tenterden at 10.40, 11.45, 1.15 and 2.20.  The 11.45 and 2.20 have on-train catering and access for wheelchair users.   In addition to hot and cold drinks why not pre-book a Kids Munch Box, Cream Tea or Ploughman’s to enjoy onboard these trains. All Catering orders for these trains must be made in advance by Christmas Eve.

The Station Refreshment Rooms at Tenterden offer plenty of additional tasty options including a big breakfast, roast most Sundays and afternoon tea.

Free parking at Tenterden Station.  Tickets also include free entry into the Colonel Stephens Museum at Tenterden.

To book and for additional information about the railway visit www.kesr.org.uk

Tenterden Town Station, Station Road, Tenterden, Kent, TN30 6HE.

Telephone 01580 765155.

For more events see our events page http://www.sevenwonders.org.uk/whats-on-in-kent-and-tunbridge-wells/