Lullingstone Castle and The World Garden has another action packed season of events for 2019, we cannot wait for you to join us for a great  day out!

Please see individual events for admission prices

Find all our events on Visit Kent

April

Easter Egg Quiz - 20th, 21st & 22nd April. 11am – 5pm

Lullingstone Castle and The World Garden kicks off its season with family fun with our Easter Trail & Quiz. Aspiring plant hunters will be able to scour two acres of The World Garden for Easter clues and then report on their discoveries to claim an eggtastic surprise, plus the chance to meet some Easter characters!  

Admission price - £10 adult - children under 15 go FREE

May

Medieval Weekend - 26th & 27th May. 11am - 5pm

Lullingstone’s popular Medieval weekend is back again! Don’t miss the transformation our special place into a magical medieval village – step back in time to experience the authentic sights and sounds with 'living history' displays (including live firing of 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! 

There will be live medieval displays each day in the arena at 1pm and at 3pm in the camp area.

Admission price - £10 adult - children under 15 go FREE

June

The Food Fest 2019 - 1st & 2nd June. (Saturday - 11am - 9pm & Sunday 11am-6pm)*

Enjoy the Tastes of Kent, true to its name, The Food Fest 2019 brings foodies together and showcases all the best of Kent has to offer. Visitors to The Food Fest will be able to enjoy award winning fine wines, ciders, craft beers, vintage food trucks, stalls and excellent food and produce from our farmers market. The festival is brought to you by local Kent residents, Jay Scott, Clairey Hearnden and The Food Fest team.

In addition to incredible food, the music line up is going to be off the charts, along with the “Little Dudes Corner” which will include a little chefs interactive cooking, vintage steam funfair, street art, face painting, festival disco dome, arts and crafts and lots more fun for the children. A memorable Summer event at Lullingstone Castle for all the family to enjoy.

Don’t forget visitors can also explore The World Garden, nursery & enjoy a house tour at 2pm.

For more details and to book tickets visit www.thefoodfest.com please check parking details on their website. Contact Details: 07718904840 Email: info@thefoodfest.com

Admission price - Family Ticket - £45 - Adult -£15 Child £10 (5-15) - under 5’s go FREE

National Gardens Scheme - 16th June. 12 noon - 5pm*

Admission price - Adult -£9 Child £4.50

Classics at the Castle - 29th June. 11am- 5pm*

New for 2019, Lullingstone Castle is delighted to present “Classics at the Castle” event on Saturday 29th June in aid of the Henry Spink Foundation - £5 of every admission goes to the charity. Visitors will have the opportunity to admire around 100 classic cars at this special car rally, a great day out for all the family. The Henry Spink Foundation is an independent charity created to help families of children with severe disabilities of all kinds. They provide information on conventional and complementary/ alternative medicine, therapies and research relating to a very wide range of physical and mental disorders.

Admission prices - Adult -£15 - children under 15 go FREE

July

Lullingstone Quilt & Craft Festival - 19th, 20th & 21st July. 11am - 5pm

We are delighted to welcome Region 2 of The Quilters Guild to Lullingstone Castle for a new Quilt and Craft festival, a wonderful celebration of craftsmanship from across Kent, Sussex and Surrey organised by the Region 2 Quilters Guild. The show will be opened by Jennie Rayment the "Queen of Muslin".

Visitors will enjoy live demonstrations, over 50 artisan craft stalls and admire over a 100 stunning quilt and patchwork exhibits created by the talented local members . There will be demonstrations each day by well known quilters including Sylvia Critcher, as well as stands from The Quilters' Guild and the Embroiders' Guild.

There will be something to keep all the family entertained over the weekend (Saturday/Sunday), children will be able to enjoy face painting and craft making in the tea tent (small charge) and see the wonderful birds of prey from Eagle Heights. Dartford Beekeepers will also be attending.

There is also the opportunity to meet Claire Weiss for a book signing on Saturday the 20th July, a local historian and author of ‘Unravelling The Yarn’, about the life of Zoe Hart Dyke, Lullingstone’s silk farm and much more!

Admission price - £10 adult - children under 15 go FREE (Guild Members - £5)

August

Plant Hunters Weekend - 24th, 25th & 26th August. 11am - 5pm

Celebrating the lives of some of Britain’s most intrepid plant hunters, Tom and friends dress in character to 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.

Second Chance Animal Rescue (SCAR) will have some special animals and reptile guests joining us during our garden tour. SCAR expert handlers during the tour will showcase different animals* including corn snakes, owls, meerkats, a peregrine falcon and more to see amongst the continents to truly bring the tour alive.

Don't miss a visit to The World Garden nursery for some plant inspiration and advice after your Plant Hunters tour. We have an array of new and popular plant beauties supplied by Ivy Hatch Plant Supplies.

Admission price - £10 adult - children under 15 go FREE

*Maybe subject to change dependent on animals available

September

Mexican Celebration Weekend presents ‘CactusWorld LIVE - a succulent adventure’ - 21st & 22nd September. 11am - 5pm  

We are delighted for the 2019 Mexican Celebration Weekend to team up with the British Cactus & Succulent Society for CactusWorld LIVE – A succulent adventure! There will be a cactus show with stunning specimens, plants for sale from leading nurseries, a variety of stalls and children’s attractions, as well as authentic Mexican food and music from our very own Mariachi band!

Tom Hart Dyke is the patron of the BCSS society, he will lead two guided tours of the World Garden including Mexico & our cacti hot houses at 12.30pm and 2.30pm. A day out for the whole family, when the BCSS will bring the fascinating world of cacti and succulents to life and lift the lid on what you can grow and how to care for these plants in your own home, garden or greenhouse. Both days will feature fabulous displays of plants, talks by experts and celebrity guests, practical demonstrations and plant sales from the country’s top specialist nurseries, plus free family entertainment including face-painting, foam-clay, balloon animals and a 'selfie station' with ponchos and sombreros!

Tom will be joined by celebrity guests which include BBC gardening presenter Anne Swithinbank, who will be holding a special ‘Audience with’ on both days, and houseplant writer and blogger Jane Perrone, who will also be present both days and will even be recording her popular ‘On the Ledge’ show live at the event.

Darren Everest Dahlias returns for his third successful year to showcase in the manor house his stunning Dahlias including new cactus Dahlias to wow the crowds, inspire and offer a riot of colour. We will also be welcoming for the first time talented artist James Knowles, who will be setting up his easel in Mexico to paint our stunning cacti and showcasing his vibrant work to visitors, as well as a chance to purchase too!

Admission price - £10 adult - children under 15 go FREE

Talk Schedule (maybe subject to change)

Saturday

11:30 Succulents Contained - Colin Walker - Chapel

12:30 Raising Cacti from Seed - Vicky Davies - Chapel

13:30 On the Ledge (podcast recording) - Jane Perrone -Marquee

15:00 An Audience with Anne Swithinbank: My Life with Plants Anne Swithinbank - Chapel

16:00 A Whirlwind Tour of Mexico Paul Spracklin - Chapel

Sunday

11:30 An Audience with Anne Swithinbank: My Life with Plants Anne Swithinbank - Marquee

12:30 Raising Cacti from Seed - Vicky Davies - Marquee

13:00 Succulents Contained - Colin Walker - Chapel

14:00 An Audience with Jane Perrone - Jane Perrone - Marquee

15:00 A Cactus by Any Other Name -Jonathan Clark - Chapel

16:00 A Different Way of Growing Desert Plants - Graham Blunt - Chapel

October

Halloween Magic - 27th October. 12 noon - 7pm

Join us for Halloween Magic on the last day of the season; pumpkin carving, spooky house, garden tours and Halloween inspired light bites in our cafe marquee – 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! Don't miss our Spooky House tours at 2pm & 6pm including tales of our resident ghost! Fancy dress is welcome – let’s celebrate the end of our season in style! £2 donation for the pumpkin carving.

PLEASE NOTE: event access only via Lullingstone Roman Villa through the village (Shoreham Road entrance car park closed for Halloween)

Admission price - £10 adult - children under 15 go FREE

 

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