Events for 2017
Lullingstone Castle and The World Garden has an action packed season of events, we cannot wait for you to join us for a great family day out. We have 4 *SPECIAL EVENTS* in 2017, we have highlighted the selected events in bold below for easy reference. Special events admission is £10 per adult and all children under 15 have FREE entry. On special events: 2 for 1 entry including English Heritage, CPRE and Gardeners' World cards, as well as family tickets are NOT valid.
Easter Egg Quiz - 15th, 16th & 17th April. 11am – 5pm
Lullingstone Castle and The World Garden kick off its 40th season of opening with family fun on Easter Saturday with our annual Easter Egg Quiz. Aspiring plant hunters will be able to scour The World Garden for Easter clues and then report on their discoveries to claim an Easter eggtastic surprise.
Medieval Weekend - 28th & 29th May. 11am - 5pm *SPECIAL EVENT*
Lullingstone is 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!
National Gardens Scheme - 18th June. 12 noon - 5pm
Jaguar Car Rally - 25th June. 12 noon - 5pm
Jaguar Car Rally - 2nd July. 12 noon - 5pm
Fire Engine Rally - 8th & 9th July. 11am - 5pm *SPECIAL EVENT*
An action packed ‘special event’ for all the family! A spectacular showcase of fire-fighting history with over 20 fire engines and carts from the Victorian and the Edwardian periods right up to the present day, courtesy of the Kent Firefighting Museum and the Kent Fire and Rescue Service.
Experience epic live fire displays run by the Fire Service Preservation Group South East Branch enthusiasts, demonstrating how to put out various kinds of fires. Younger visitors can get a slice of the action and learn how they operate, with the opportunity to even squirt the hoses.
Plant Hunters Weekend - 26th, 27th & 28th August. 11am - 5pm *SPECIAL EVENT*
Celebrating the lives of some of Britain’s most intrepid plant hunters, Tom and friends in Victorian dress lead a guided tour of the World Garden between 1.30 - 3.30pm - 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.
2017 we will be joined again by Second Chance Animal Rescue (SCAR). They have very special animals and reptile guests joining us during our garden tour. SCAR expert handlers during the tour will showcase different animals to see amongst the continents to truly bring the tour alive, see a Tawny Owl in Europe, an Emu in Oz and even a Racoon as you walk through Asia plus many more!
Classic Car Rally - 3rd September. 12 noon - 5pm
NEW for 2017: Mexican Celebration Weekend - 16th & 17th September. 11am - 5pm
2017 sees a new event arrive at The World Garden at Lullingstone Castle, a Mexican celebration weekend, visitors will be able to immerse themselves in a Mexican plant tour with Tom Hart Dyke, enjoy in-between the music from Los Soneros – Mariachi Mexican Musicians and indulge in a taste of Mexico! Tom will lead 2 guided tours of The World Garden, including Mexico & The Hot & Spiky Cacti House & at 12.30pm and 2.30pm. Our castle marquee will have a Mexican themed menu for the weekend, so pop along for a fun garden experience
Rolls Royce Car Rally - 24th September. 12 noon - 5pm
Halloween Magic - 29th October. 12 noon - 8 pm *SPECIAL EVENT*
Join us for Halloween magic on the last day of the season; pumpkin carving, spooky house and garden tours – perfect for all the family. Tom will give garden tours at 1pm and dusk tour at 5pm, learn about the origins of pumpkins, colours and varieties and children can spot the Halloween tricks in eerie torchlight! Fancy dress is welcome – let’s celebrate the end of our season in style!
PLEASE NOTE: event access only via Lullingstone Villa through the village (Shoreham Road entrance & car park closed for Halloween)