Chiddingstone Literary Festival 2019

Chiddingstone Castle’s Literary Festival is now a firm and extremely welcome feature in Sevenoaks district’s annual calendar. This year’s Literary Festival will take place over four days across the early May Bank Holiday weekend from Saturday 4th - Tuesday 7th May.

This is “Chidd Lit’s” most ambitious programme yet, spilling over with riches and diversity and carefully curated to ensure there is something for everyone, of all ages and interests. Highlights for adults include Joanne Harris, Gogglebox’s Giles and Mary, Oz Clarke, Sir Anthony Seldon, Dr Giles Yeo, Sabrina Ghayour, Jackie Kay, Anna Pasternak, Tracy Borman, Giles Milton, John Crace and many more. There’s a Poetry Writing workshop with Emma Harding, Creative Writing and How to get Published workshops with Sarah Salway and Life Drawing with Eddie Armer.

The children’s programme includes bestselling authors A F Harrold, Emily Gravett and Guy Parker-Rees, a performance of The Little Mermaid from Pericles Theatre Company, children’s film animation workshops with Press Play Films, Wallace and Gromit clay modelling with Aardman Animations, screenings of the Wallace & Gromit films and Story Writing workshops with Storymakers.

Booking opens on March 1 and is available online.

Online booking support is available on T: 0800 033 7564. Special packages are available for multiple ticket purchases.

If you want to make a weekend of it, you can find a range of bed and breakfast and self-catering accommodation to book at Simply Sevenoaks.

Christmas is coming . . . to Chiddingstone Castle!

Chiddingstone Castle Christmas Fair - Friday and Saturday, 23 and 24 November

This seasonal special is THE opportunity to purchase those very special and unique gifts. It’s a must for the discerning shopper! All tickets must be booked online in advance, as tickets won’t be available on the door.

Afternoon Tea Week

It's Afternoon Tea Week! What better excuse than to indulge in a tea party?

Sevenoaks and the surrounding district are blessed with THE most superb offering of tea options where you can enjoy the best of Kent produce.  Why not try the Old Dairy Tearoom at Great Comp Garden for delicious home-baked goodies?  Chiddingstone village is doubly blessed with a quaint tea room at Chiddingstone Castle, and with the National Trust village offering The Tulip Tree cafe and shop being a scrumptious alternative.

For real tea aficionados The Golding Hop Tea House at Plaxtol, serves serious T2 teas and home-made cakes.  For those in search of tea with a historic view, try The Cafe on Sevenoaks famous Vine.

So get out and about this weekend in search of the perfect afternoon or even morning tea!

Festival Fever hits Sevenoaks

Festival fever has hit Sevenoaks with a vengeance!  Whether you're a fan of books, drama or music there's something on offer for you!

Bank Holiday weekend, May 6/7 is the date for the 2018 Chiddingstone Literary Festival, a literary feast with Ian Rankin, Adam Kay, Diana Henry and so many more - all set within the intriguing setting of this quirky Kent country house. 

Celebrating its 35th anniversary season is Hever Festival Theatre. Booking is now open for an eclectic range of music and drama.  There's definitely a treat in store for all the family here. Take a picnic and make it a real occasion.

Sevenoaks itself launches its 2018 Festival Programme on Saturday 23 June. Don't miss out on this annual cornucopia of delights and book now!

 

Chiddingstone Castle's Christmas Fair

'Tis the season to be jolly when you visit Chiddingstone Castle's annual Christmas Fair on Saturday, 25 November, 10 am - 4 pm.

The array of stalls will surely provide something for even the most difficult gift choice!  There is literally something for everybody here so book now.  If you want to visit just one Christmas fair, this is THE one to choose!

A Hunter welly event!

Get ready for Chiddingstone Castle Country Fair - Sunday 11 September 11 am - 5 pm.  The theme? A love of the countryside and there's something for all the family - working dog displays, horse and hounds and your chance to learn new steps in the giant dance event!  Fun?  Put it in the diary now!

A great event for snapping that winning image for the #spendtimein7oaks photo competition!  Get posting on Twitter and Facebook @SimplySevenoaks.