Ancient Egyptian Day at Chiddingstone Castle

Ancient Egyptian Day

A celebration of Ancient Egypt for all the family set throughout the Castle on Sunday 5 August 2018 between 11am and 4.30pm.

Spend the day learning about the mysteries of Ancient Egypt and take a tour to see all the fascinating collections displayed inside the Castle.

Become a ‘Junior Archaeologist’ when you explore the Fields of Eternity in the Castle grounds.

Handle 3,000 year old objects when you take part in a handling session with Tom Hardwick who is the Curator of the Hall of Egypt at HMNS (Houston Museum of Natural Science), where some of the Castle’s artefacts are currently on display.

Listen to a family friendly talk on Egyptian Gods and Goddesses by Mick Oakey, Vice Chairman of the Sussex Egyptology Society.

Dr John Baines, Professor Emeritus, Egyptology at Oxford University will deliver a more advanced talk on Ancient Egyptian artefacts.

Admission to the event which is suitable for all ages will be:  Adults £10.00, Child £5.00, Family (2+2) £26.

For more information about Chiddingstone Castle and Grounds visit www.chiddingstonecastle.org.uk

Hill Hoath Road, Chiddingstone, Edenbridge, Kent, TN8 7AD tel: 01892 870347

For all press enquiries contact Caroline Edmunds on 01892 616647 or email  caroline@penningtonpr.com

Chiddingstone Castle in Kent is open Sundays, Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays until the end of October.

Great Kent Chilli Festival comes to Hole Park

The Great Kent Chilli Festival

The Great Kent Chilli Festival will be held for the first time on Saturday 30 June and Sunday 1 July 2018 at Hole Park Gardens, near Cranbrook in Kent. 

The organisers have lined up a hot weekend of chillies, with stalls selling chilli sauces, chilli jams and chutneys, and chilli plants.  There will be cooking demonstrations; talks on growing chillies; artisan food producers; music; international street food; a chilli cook-off and of course chilli-eating competitions.

“Our Chilli Festivals are great fun”, said organiser Miles Halton from SureFire Events.  “They appeal to everyone from chilli enthusiasts to food lovers and families.  We already hold a successful Chilli Festival in Dorset but this is our first event in Kent so we are hoping everyone will come along to Hole Park and join in the fun. This may be a food festival but there will also be live music all day to listen to whilst sipping a local pint of ale or cider to calm the tingling taste buds.

“For our younger visitors there will be plenty of milder food for the gentler palette and, of course, some bouncy castles (for older AND younger children), an inflatable slide, a mini-carousel, coconut shy (yay!), and face painting.”

CHILLI COOK-OFF

On Sunday, there will be the chilli-con-carne cook-off between 10 pre-registered teams run by the UK Chilli Cook-off Association.  The teams will battle it out for the Kent title and a place at the national finals. The contestants have 4 hours to cook a gallon of chilli-con-carne from scratch, which is then put before a panel of judges and a public vote. The winning team goes on to cook in the UK Finals. The UK winner at the end of the summer qualifies to compete in the World Food Championships in Alabama!  The entry fee is £10 per team (teams can be made up of any number of people). First prize is £150, second prize £75 and third prize £25!  Register at http://ukchillicookoff.co.uk/content/1st-kent-chilli-cookoff

CHILLI EATING COMPETITION

Those who dare can take part in a chilli eating competition at 4.00pm on both days. Ten rounds of increasingly hot chillies for the competitors and plenty of hilarity for the spectators. 

CHILLI SAUCE COMPETITION

The public get a chance to judge the chilli sauce competition! The stall holders will be invited to enter their sauces for a blind tasting test by festival visitors.

THE VENUE

The Great Kent Chilli Festival will be held at the well-known Hole Park near Cranbrook. The stunning gardens were voted Visit Kent’s Garden of the Year in 2016, and entry to the 16 acre garden is included in the chilli festival ticket.

Dates: Saturday 30 and Sunday 1 July 2018

Times: 10.00 – 17.00

Venue: Hole Park, Rolvenden, Cranbrook, Kent TN17 4JA

Tickets are available in advance from the website or on the day at the gate.  Adult advance tickets £5.90, on the gate £7.50. Children advance tickets (11-15) £2.50 and £3.00 on the gate. Family Ticket in advance (2 adults, 3 children) £14.50 and £18.00 on the gate.  10 and under free.

Website: www.greatkentchillifestival.co.uk

Free parking.

Unmissable 2018 Easter events in Kent

Unmissable 2018 Easter events in Kent

Enjoy a Chuffing Easter at the Kent & East Sussex Railway

Children travelling over Easter between 30 March and 2 April can hunt for Easter Egg pictures on a trail across Tenterden, Northiam and Bodiam stations before handing in the completed form to claim their free chocolate egg! Take advantage of the “Kids Go Free” promotion for trains running from Friday 30 March until Sunday 15 April.  Children under 15 can travel for free (one child per fare-paying adult).  Free child tickets must be booked in advance the day before travel.   
Kent & East Sussex Railway, Tenterden Town Station, Station Road, Tenterden, Kent, TN30 6HE
www.kesr.org.uk

Alice in Wonderland at Chiddingstone Castle  

Alice and her friends will be at Chiddingstone Castle for three days this Easter (Thursday 12 April to Saturday 14 April).  They will have free run of the Castle and grounds and are hosting games and activities suitable for 6 – 10 year olds.   Activities includes: Croquet/Mini Golf with the Queen of Hearts, Arts and Crafts with the White Rabbit, Singing Practice with Alice, Dancing with Tweedledum, Mad Hatter’s presentation in the Great Hall.
The Mad Hatter will award prizes to his ‘Best Dressed Guest’ and ‘Craziest Newcomer to Wonderland’ and there will be certificates for all.   Children must be accompanied by a paying adult with at least one adult per five children. Adults can stay with children and be non-participating spectators or stay on site in the Castle’s Tea Room and grounds.  Book online via the website.   
Chiddingstone Castle, Hill Hoath Road, Chiddingstone, Edenbridge TN8 7AD 
www.chiddingstonecastle.org.uk
 
Cadbury Easter Egg Hunt at Knole in Sevenoaks (30 March to 6 April)

Families can come along and enjoy egg hunts whatever the weather for £3 per child.
The trail paths are suitable for wheelchairs and buggies, although if the weather has been very wet they can be quite muddy.
The egg hunt will take place in the free areas of Knole. Normal admission charges apply to the showrooms and tower.  For further details and to find out about other events in the Easter holidays including the hidden animal trail, making an animal mask or taking a bat walk visit their website. 
Knole, Sevenoaks, Kent, TN15 0RP (Sat Nav TN13 1HU)
 www.nationaltrust.org.uk/knole/whats-on
 
Cadbury Easter Egg Hunt at Scotney Castle (30 March to 15 April)

The Hussey children who lived at Scotney Castle in the late 19th century kept diaries about the fun that they had in the grounds. Re-live their adventures as you take part in the bird egg hunt in the garden. Find all of the bird nests, collect all the clues and work out the answer to claim your Cadbury chocolate prize. Admission applies and the egg hunt is £3 per child. 
Scotney Castle, Lamberhurst, Tunbridge Wells TN3 8JN
www.nationaltrust.org.uk/scotney-castle/whats-on
 
Biddenden Vineyards Charity Easter Tour Saturday 10am to 12pm

Visit Biddenden Vineyards to learn more about the history of the vineyard and how they make award-winning wines, ciders and juices.
Arrive at the vineyard at 9.45 for a free cup of coffee or tea. Tours begin at 10am and take approximately 1 hour. The tour is followed by tastings of a selection of  wines, ciders and juices in the vineyard shop.
These tours are for individuals, families and friends – pre-booking is essential. Please book via phone or email:
Our charity tours cost £1 per person and funds are donated to Dandelion Time, a local charity which helps children and their families who are the victims of trauma, abuse and neglect.
Biddenden Vineyards, Gribble Bridge Lane, Ashford, Kent, TN27 8DF 
www.biddendenvineyards.com
 
Hole Park Gardens

The beautiful Hole Park Gardens in Rolvenden, Kent will open to visitors every day from Sunday 1 April 2018 for early spring colour including daffodils, primroses and camellias.   Don’t miss their Bluebell Festival taking place between 20 April and 3 May 2018. 
Hole Park, Benenden Rd, Rolvenden, Cranbrook TN17 4JA
www.holepark.com
 

 

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

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/

 

All aboard the Santa Specials at the Kent & East Sussex Railway

Take a magical steam train journey to meet Santa this Christmas on the railway’s popular Santa Specials. At Tenterden Station the beautiful Victorian carousel provides unlimited free rides for the young and young at heart alike. There will also be a delightful miniature Christmas model village to stroll round at Tenterden Station.

On board the festively decorated steam trains, you’ll meet Santa during the 1 hour 10 minute return journey. Look out for his elf helpers with their sacks full of lovely presents – every child receives an age appropriate gift from Santa himself whilst teenagers (13 to 15) receive a scrummy box of festive chocolates. Everyone receives complimentary refreshments too – a mince pie and choice of soft or alcoholic drink for adults and a soft drink & chocolate bar for children. Babies under 18 months of age at the time of travel are free of charge (providing they are not occupying a seat) and there’s a little free gift for them too!  Every family will also receive a free family group photograph to take home as a momento of the very special day.

Standard Class Tickets – from £18, First Class Tickets from £24.

Or why not book one of the railway’s popular private Standard Family Compartments from £160 (for up to eight people).

For the ultimate treat, upgrade to a First Class Family Compartment from £175 and enjoy wider seats and increased legroom.  Children will also receive a personalised present and everyone can enjoy the enhanced range of complimentary refreshments which are served at your seat.  Prices include accommodation for up to six people.

The Santa Specials will operate on 2, 3, 9, 10, 16, 17, 22, 23 and 24 December 2017.

The licensed restaurant at Tenterden will be serving Christmas lunches, sandwiches and other tempting lunchtime snacks or why not enjoy a delicious local hot dog or burger from the BBQ.

Early booking is recommended to secure your chosen date. Standard Class seats can be booked through the website www.kesr.org.uk  or by calling 01580 765155. First Class Seats and Standard and First Class Compartments have limited availability and may only be booked by telephone – call 01580 765155.

Tenterden and Northiam are situated on the A28 between Ashford and Hastings.

The Kent & East Sussex Railway, Tenterden Town Station, Station Road, Tenterden, Kent, TN30 6HE

Take a Spine Tingling ride on the Fright Night Express and enjoy Spell Binding Adventures this Halloween at the Kent & East Sussex Railway

Image by Stuart Kirk

Halloween High Jinx event Tuesday 24 October to Thursday 26 October 2017

Have a fun day out at Tenterden’s Steam Railway this Halloween with a relaxing return train journey between Tenterden and Bodiam stations hauled by a heritage steam or diesel engine and enjoy all the free family-friendly events including ‘Mr Mystery’ magic show and pumpkin carving.  Why not arrive in fancy dress and visit our face painters to complete your scary look!  At Bodiam station passengers can alight to see the exhilarating birds of prey flying demonstrations where birds dive and swoop over the station with Bodiam Castle in the background.   There will be two flying demonstrations each day lasting approx. 30 minutes.  Train travel and events are all included with the purchase of a Travelcard.

When purchased in advance online TravelCards are: Family £36.20, Adult £16.20, Child (3-15) £10.80.  When purchased on the day TravelCards are: Family £38, Adult £18, Child (3-15) £12.   The green timetable will be in operation during October half term with both steam trains and the heritage diesel observation train.   See the website for details www.kesr.org.uk

On Friday 27 October ride the Fright Night Express if you dare! Fireworks at Northiam

Visit the railway from 4:30pm for a Fright Night workshop including pumpkin modelling and facepainting. Families are encouraged to come in fancy dress, the scarier the better!

Spooky music and an amazing live Firebreather will add to the atmosphere before everyone boards the Fright Night Express in time for a 6:30pm departure.  

Children will receive a Munchbox during the journey.   Hotdogs or hot snacks will be available to purchase from the licensed restaurant to eat in or take on the train.

Upon arrival at Northiam station enjoy a firework display before the return journey to Tenterden which will see the train arrive back at the station for approximately 8:15pm.

Fright Night fares: Adults and Children 3-15 inclusive £18.00.   Booking for Fright Nights essential.

For more information visit the Kent & East Sussex Railway at www.kesr.org.uk or call 01580 765155.

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

The railway is proud to boast a specially designed coach for wheelchair users called ‘Petros’ which is fitted with ramped access, wide aisles, an accessible toilet and moveable seating.

There is full wheelchair access to the shop and restaurant at Tenterden Town and the Colonel Stephens Railway Museum has level access with 42”aisles.

 

Chiddingstone Castle Christmas Fair 2017

Chiddingstone Castle’s annual Christmas Fair will take place on Saturday 25 November 2017 between 10am and 4pm.  Admission £5.

Choose your ideal festive gifts from over 60 beautifully laid out stalls in the Castle’s historic rooms and marquee.  Mulled wine and mince pies will add to the seasonal cheer!

The beautiful countryside location of this lovely Castle is perfect for a relaxed shopping opportunity with many stalls selling unique products that are not found in the High Street. Both the Castle and marquee will be brimming with Christmas gifts ideas including home accessories, vintage wares, jewellery, books, cards, slate and lacquer goods, bags, children’s clothes, locally-produced food and drink, soaps, candles, cards and much more.

For a restorative tea or coffee, visitors can visit the cosy Tea Rooms which will also be serving homemade soup, sausage rolls and cakes.  The grounds of the Castle will be open for a peaceful stroll to the Victorian Orangery or around the lake.

For more information on Chiddingstone Castle, the collections and activity days please visit www.chiddingstonecastle.org.uk or call 01892 870347.

Chiddingstone Castle:  Hill Hoath Road, Chiddingstone, Edenbridge, Kent TN8 7AD.  Tel: 01892 870347.

Chiddingstone Castle School of Witchcraft and Wizardry

Enjoy the magic of Chiddingstone Castle’s School of Witchcraft and Wizardry!  During half term week Thursday, Friday and Saturday 26, 27 and 28 October – 11am to 1.30pm or 2 to 4.30pm.  

Meet the School’s Headmaster Wizard on arrival and be ‘sorted’ into your house.  Then attend special classes of Potion Making, Choir Practice, Spell School and, of course, the Flying School too!

Real wizards and witches (well, real theatrical performers!) will be here to make sure you experience an amazing day!  

The Castle will be closed to usual visitors on these special days – but young witches and wizards will be able to explore the fascinating rooms within the Castle as part of their special school day! 

The Castle’s Tea Room will be open for light refreshments throughout the day.  There’ll also be a fancy dress competition and certificates for all students.  Pre-booked tickets are essential and all information and ticket sales will soon be available online from the Castle’s website. For children aged 7-12.  Tickets £12 per child; £10 per accompanying adult; Family Ticket £40 – 2 children/2 accompanying adults or 3 children/1 accompanying adult; Party Ticket £120 – 10 children/2 accompanying adults.  

For more information about Chiddingstone Castle visit www.chiddingstonecastle.org.uk

Hill Hoath Road, Chiddingstone, Edenbridge, Kent, TN8 7AD tel: 01892 870347.

Chiddingstone Castle is open as a Visitor Attraction and Museum exhibiting the Collections of the late Denys Eyre Bower on Sundays, Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays until the end of October.  Chiddingstone Castle is a registered charity no 291203.