Boldly Tread in the Footsteps of Intrepid Plant Hunters at Lullingstone Castle!

Plant Hunters Weekend at Lullingstone Castle

24th, 25th & 26th August, 11 am - 5 pm

Celebrating the lives of some of Britain’s most intrepid plant hunters, Tom Hart Dyke and friends in Victorian dress will lead a guided tour of the World Garden between 1.30 - 3.30 pm - join at any time!

Visitors are offered a unique glimpse into the past to experience an authentic plant hunter’s expedition camp, complete with plant presses, roaring fire, porters and canvas tents. Second Chance Animal Rescue (SCAR) will have some special animals and reptile guests joining during the garden tour. SCAR expert handlers will showcase different animals among the continents to bring the tour alive.  Visitors are offered a unique glimpse into the past to experience an authentic plant hunter’s expedition camp, complete with plant presses, roaring fire, porters and canvas tents.

 Admission price - £10 adult - children under 15 go FREE Photo courtesy of Alan Graham

For history buffs . . . Eden Valley Museum

Pause your Christmas preparations to visit Eden Valley Museum!

Saturday open morning - 2nd December

Enjoy tea and cake while exploring objects and photos not currently on display. Free, first come first served (limited to 10 visitors, no booking required).

Museum Tour – 7th December

Join a member of the Museum Team for a 30 minute gallery tour, spanning Stone Age artefacts to modern-day local heroes.  Free, 10.30 am, no booking required.


Chartwell and Clementine Churchill

Chartwell's winter exhibition, entitled Clementine Churchill - Speaking for Herself, promises to be a fascinating visit!  The many personal items on display will provide an insight into Clementine from a new, and very personal perspective.

Open 18 November - 18 February 2018, 11 am - 3 pm.

Sevenoaks Literary Festival

Be inspired by the 2017 Sevenoaks Literary Festival.  Featuring writers such as Alan Johnson, Michael Rosen, Hilary Spurling and David Crystal talking on biography, music, history and crime, there's something for everyone.

Take tea with Sinclair Mckay, author of The Mile End Murder, or have lunch with Gloria Hunniford talking about her new book, My Life.  Revealing and revelatory so not to be missed!

Tickets from Sevenoaks Bookshop T: 01732 452055.

Be Medieval @ Lullingstone this Bank Holiday!

Bank Holiday weekend, Sunday 28 and Monday 29 May, will see Lullingstone Castle transformed into a magical medieval village – step back in time to experience the authentic sights and sounds with 'living history' displays (including live firing of mini cannons and mock battles!), character dress, campfires, tents and medieval weapons, courtesy of the remarkable Woodvilles medieval re-enactment group. Everyone can get involved with the archery sessions – fun for all the family!

2017 Special Event – admission charge £10 per adult and children (under 15) FREE entry

Be our Valentine!

Is romance in the air for anyone out there? Do you want to wow your loved one with a romantic night away? Are you looking for that perfect location to pop the question? To re-kindle the fire? Or just simply celebrate on the feast of St Valentine? 

We have the solution! Browse our members for the perfect retreat! will provide the solution whether you want to be surrounded by history, seduced by luxury, or stunned by contemporary sophistication! 

Simply Sevenoaks! Simply Irresistible!

It may sound boring but it's sincerely meant!  A very happy New Year to all our Sevenoaks District visitors!  If you're a frequent visitor, welcome back!  If you're contemplating a visit, you simply MUST come and sample the delights of our simply stunning area of Kent!  Simply Sevenoaks is a deceptive title - the district's far from simple with its many scrumptious cafes, restaurants; tempting shops; and fantastic gardens and historic treasures.  

Sample any and all of these by staying at a welcoming Bed and Breakfast or self-catering cottage. Visit to explore the tempting range of guest accommodation.

Simply stunning, simply delicious, simply delightful - just Simply Sevenoaks and simply irresistible!

Make your stay a historic one . . .

May we Introduce SDAF's fabulous new member, TAYLOR HOUSE in Edenbridge? This stunningly refurbished Grade 1 listed 15th townhouse stands proudly on Edenbridge High Street.  

Built in 1468 for the Lord Mayor of London, William Taylor, the house has witnessed history passing its front door for centuries.  Now you can be part of its contemporary history by staying in this gem where period features have been complemented by 21st century luxuries! 

This atmospheric self-catering property sleeps a maximum of 12, in five bedrooms (including one four poster), and two bathrooms.  A large and comprehensively equipped kitchen/diner, three reception rooms and on-site parking will make this a fantastic family and friends holiday base.

Take a look for yourself and be wowed!

What's that in the cupboard?

Tidying out? Discovered something dusty and unused at the back of the cupboard? Is the 'something' a thing of beauty, interest, or history? If so, perhaps you should head to Ightham Mote this Thursday, 16 June where BBC Antiques Roadshow will be filming. Entry is free, Ightham WI are serving mouthwatering home-made cakes, and although the queues might be long, the antique expert might possibly have some good news!

Worth the trip? Definitely . . . . and good luck!