Buddhist Collection Evening Talk at Chiddingstone Castle



 Buddhist Collection Evening Talk at Chiddingstone Castle

Chiddingstone Castle in Kent will be holding a talk about their Buddhist Collection on Thursday 24 January 2019 from 6.30pm to 9pm.

This a wonderful opportunity to hear the Castle’s curator talk about the Buddhist objects in the delightful setting of Chiddingstone Castle.  Everyone can enjoy a welcome drink and exclusive evening access to the rooms and displays.

There will also be the opportunity to handle a Tibetan Buddhist prayer wheel.

To guarantee a place at this special event, please pre-book tickets via the website.  Tickets are £10 per person and all proceeds from the event will go towards the upkeep of the castle and the museum collections.

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

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

Born in 1905, in Crich, Derbyshire, Denys Bower was a passionate if eccentric collector who led an extraordinary life. In 1955 he bought Chiddingstone Castle for £6,000 and opened it to the public to display his unique and very special collections. Beginning with stamps, he collected a wide range of objects and finally settled on four key areas – Japanese, Buddhist, Ancient Egyptian, Stuart & Jacobite. He left the Castle and Collections to the nation and a charitable trust was established to continue opening to the public.


Chiddingstone Castle Christmas Fair 2018


Don’t miss the 2018 Chiddingstone Castle Christmas Fair 

This popular annual Christmas Fair will take place on Friday 23 November and Saturday 24 November 2018.

Prebook an exclusive event from 5.00pm to 8.00pm on Friday 23 November which will include a free glass of mulled wine or cider and a mince pie. Tickets are £12.

On Saturday 24 November the Christmas Fair takes place between 10.00am and 4.00pm and admission is £7. Pre-booking is essential and following the huge success of last year’s event tickets can be purchased for either morning or afternoon entry. 

There will be over 70 stalls from which to choose your ideal festive gifts and on Saturday delicious refreshments will be available to purchase in the castle’s Tea Rooms and from outside caterers Gourmet Griddle. 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 on the High Street. Both the Castle and marquee will be brimming with plenty of Christmas gift ideas including home accessories, vintage wares, jewellery, books, cards, slate and lacquer goods, bags, clothes, locally-produced food and drink, soaps, candles, cards and much more.


There will be plenty of free parking close to the Castle but we are sorry that because of the nature of the venue we are unable to allow pushchairs into the castle.

Website : https://www.chiddingstonecastle.org.uk/christmas-fair


It’s easy to purchase tickets via the website https://event.bookitbee.com/19455/chiddingstone-castle-christmas-fair-2018

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

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

For more information, images or to arrange a press trip please contact Caroline Edmunds on 01892 616647 or email caroline@penningtonpr.com  www.penningtonpr.com

Editors Notes
Born in 1905, in Crich in Derbyshire, Denys Bower was a passionate if eccentric collector who led an extraordinary life. He disabled his hand in a motorcycle accident when he was a youth, which meant he did not serve in the Second World War. In 1955 he bought Chiddingstone Castle for £6,000 and opened it to the public to display his unique and very special collections.

Chiddingstone Castle is one of the Seven Wonders of the Weald in Kent.

Autumn Sundays at Hole Park Gardens in Kent

Autumn Sundays at Hole Park Gardens in Kent

These beautiful Kent Gardens are renowned for their beauty all year round including spectacular autumn colour.  Every year the gardens hold their popular October event –  Autumn Sundays at Hole Park Gardens in Kent.

The gardens also boast a stunning exotic border which is still in full bloom in October as are the late flowering agapanthus ‘Hole Park Blue’ which are unique to Hole Park.

The mature trees and Japanese Maples provide striking autumn colour around the 16 acre gardens and 10 acre woodland. 

Visitors can enjoy a circular walk which takes walkers past a delightful carved wooden sculpture of a family of bears climbing a tree to reach a honey pot and also a renovated Ice House which was built in around 1740 to store ice long before the days of refrigeration. When the ice was cut and stacked it would last for up to three years in this cool environment!

Open on Wednesday and Thursdays until the end of October visitors can also enjoy additional Sunday opening on 7, 14, 21 and 28 October 2018.  11am to 6pm.

Lunches, afternoon tea with homemade cakes will be available in the coach house tea room where there is also a plant stall selling a varied selection of plants to take home.  Jam, preserves, beer and apple juice from the Hole Park Estate are also available.

A family owned estate, Hole Park has been owned by the Barham family for the past four generations. The gardens manage to combine formalised gardens with natural woodland. They cover some 16 acres and were developed, laid out and planted by Colonel Barham, the great-grandfather of the present owner, in the years between the two World Wars.

Hole Park is now owned and managed by Edward Barham, and much of what can be seen today is due to the contribution made by Edward’s father, David Barham, who still takes an active interest in its future today.

The garden is renowned for beautifully clipped topiary and great yew hedges which provide shelter for the lawns and splendid borders. The walled garden contains mixed borders, pools and a water garden. Marvellous climbing plants also provide a fine display here. The natural garden has bulbs, azaleas, rhododendrons and flowering shrubs.

There is a woodland bluebell walk and, in the autumn, the foliage colour is spectacular. Hole Park has many fine trees and the garden is surrounded by superb parkland with wonderful views across the Kentish Weald.

Formal gardens surround the house. Walls and yew hedges, which are a particular feature of Hole Park, shelter broad expanses of lawns. Clipped entirely by hand, it is claimed that nowhere in the county can yews be seen trimmed to greater precision. Fountains and a swimming pool, the egg pond, the walled rose garden, herbaceous borders and wrought iron gates all contribute to make a series of gardens within a garden, united by the lawns, while outwards there are lovely views of the Weald over the surrounding 250 acres of finely timbered parkland.

At the rear of the house, beyond a beech hedge measuring six feet thick and 12 feet high, lies the Policy, massed with daffodils in April with its heathers, flowering trees and shrubs, banks of rhododendrons and azaleas. Amongst the trees can be seen collections of birch, juniper, cypresses and fine oaks. Rhododendrons, camellias, magnolias and primulas are all here in abundance and further plantings are now being made to adjoining woodlands.

For more information on Hole Park Gardens, please visit www.holepark.com or call 01580 241344 or e-mail events@holepark.com

Hole Park is situated 4 miles west of Tenterden on the B2086 between Rolvenden and Cranbrook.


Chiddingstone Castle School of Witchcraft and Wizardry


Chiddingstone Castle School of Witchcraft and Wizardry

For the second year, the Castle is recruiting witches and wizards aged 6 to 10 to join the Chiddingstone Castle School of Witchcraft and Wizardry to help the Headmaster on a magical mission! 

The event takes place during half term week Thursday, Friday and Saturday 25, 26 and 27 October – 10.30 to 4.30pm.  

Activities include:

– Meeting the School’s Headmaster

– Flying Lessons

– The Dark Arts and Crafts

– Singing, Dance and Games Practice

– Potion Making

– Awards for best dressed and exceptional students

– Certificates for all student

Tickets:  Child £14.50 (6 – 10 years old, must be accompanied by one adult, with a maximum of four children per adult). Accompanying Adult : £10.00

School of Witchcraft and Wizardry T – shirts – £6.00

Why not pre-book a Children’s Goodie Bags (sandwich, piece of fruit, raisins, crisps, bottle of water and a sweet treat) from our Tea Room, £4.50.

The Castle Tea Room will be open from 11am – 4.30pm on these three days serving light refreshments, cakes, coffee and tea. However, please also note that the Castle will not be open as a museum on these dates, and therefore HHA Membership cards, 2 for 1 vouchers and Tea/Admission gift vouchers are not available to be used on these Special Event days.

Please note that the content of this event has been devised specifically for children aged 6 to 10 years. We do not recommend the event for children under the age of 6 or over the age of 10.

For more information about Chiddingstone Castle and to book in advance please visit www.chiddingstonecastle.org.uk

Hill Hoath Road, Chiddingstone, Edenbridge, Kent, TN8 7AD tel: 01892 870347. (between Penshurst Place and Hever Castle)

Although Chiddingstone Castle is not open to visitors on this event day the Museum exhibiting the Collections of the late Denys Eyre Bower are usually open on Sundays, Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays until the end of October.  Chiddingstone Castle is a registered charity no 291203.

Harvest Begins at Biddenden – One Month Early

Harvest time at Biddenden Vineyards in Kent

Harvest at Biddenden has started today, Tuesday 28th August, one month earlier than usual.  With the stunning weather we have seen over the last couple of months, the grapes have come on extremely well and we have started picking Ortega today.  The fruit is looking in excellent condition with heavy cropping throughout.

We will take our first pressing today and harvest will continue over the next 6-8 weeks as varieties ripen.  Covering approximately half the vineyard, picking of Ortega will continue over the coming weeks, before moving on to other white varieties and finishing with red Pinot Noir & Gamay grapes.

The vineyard is open daily to visitors and our self-guided walk route takes in much of the vineyard, so provides an excellent opportunity to see the grapes before & during picking… but be quick, our team will work fast to bring the harvest in!

More information on visiting the vineyard & our charity tours may be found here.

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Napoleonic Re-enactment Weekend – Bringing History to Life at Hole Park in Kent

Bringing History to Life at Hole Park in Kent

One of the most memorable ways to experience history first hand is to attend a living history event.

One of the biggest and best Napoleonic re-enactment events in Kent will again be held in the impressive grounds of the Hole Park Estate in Rolvenden, Kent on Saturday 1st and Sunday 2nd September 2018.

The Napoleonic Re-enactment Weekend, organised by The Napoleonic Association of Great Britain, aims to transport visitors back in history to a time when Europe was in the grip of French Emperor Napoleon Bonaparte … whose plans included invading the United Kingdom via Kent!  The event will include thrilling and skilfully re-enacted battles, a period tented camp, horses, guides and even recruitment and training sessions for children. Stalls and activities, including a Hog Roast and Real Ale tent, in keeping with the historic period (1793-1815), will add to the two-day event’s authentic atmosphere.

New this year will be the opportunity to get even closer to the action by booking onto one of two daily tours specially organised to ensure visitors can experience some of the most interesting elements of the event including preparing canons for fire and a tour of both the French and English encampments!

Napoleon himself, in the person of renowned look-alike John Horwood, will appear on both days to lead skirmishes and re-enact scenes from this key period leading to the Battle of Waterloo, over 200 years ago.   

As well as thrilling demonstrations of Cavalry Arms Skills, Drills, Artillery Displays, Parades and Skirmishes look out for the beautifully dressed regency ladies, who will be bringing a touch of Jane Eyre to Hole Park.

Included in the admission ticket the Napoleonic Re-enactment Weekend will be entry into the award winning Hole Park Gardens which was crowned Kentish Garden of the Year 2016 by Kent Life and Visit Kent. 

Admission to Napoleonic Re-enactment Weekend including entry into the gardens: £7.50 for adults and £1 for children age 5 to 16.

Opening times: During the event the gardens will open from 10am to 6pm, and the Napoleonic event from 10am to 5pm.

Directions: Hole Park, TN17 4JA, is situated 4 miles west of Tenterden, Kent on the B2086 between Rolvenden and Benenden.

For more information on opening times to visit Hole Park Gardens please visit www.holepark.com or telephone 01580 241344 Group bookings should be made in advance by e-mailing events@holepark.com

Clearly Juice Red Love is a Great Taste Award Winner!

Clearly Juice Red Love is a Great Taste Award Winner!

The results of the Guild of Fine Food’s Great Taste Awards have been announced this morning & we are very excited to announce that our newly relaunched Clearly Juice has been awarded 1* for Red Love® Apple Juice.

The annual awards, which see 12,500 entries are regarded as the ‘Oscars’ of the food world and this year saw over 500 judges, including specially trained food writers inputting judges’ comments, judging over 65 days from March through to early July.

Judges’ comments included “An attractive and inviting colour.  A refreshing drink with rich apple notes” and “Clean flavour and authentically apple-tasting.”

Clearly Juice Red Love® Apple Juice is made using 100% Red Love® Apples which have a naturally red skin & flesh, giving the juice its distinctive, naturally red colour.  The apples are grown at East Malling Research by AG Thames, before being pressed & bottled on site at Biddenden Vineyards.

The juice is available to buy direct from the Biddenden Vineyards shop, via their online shop and at selected independent outlets throughout the South East.

Biddenden Red Love Apple Juice Great Taste Awards 1 Star

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.”


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


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. 


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 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.