Lullingstone Castle and The World Garden has an action packed season of events, we cannot wait for you to join us for a great day out.
All events admission: £10 per adult and all children under 15 have FREE entry, no other special membership offer or tickets are valid on event days.
National Garden Scheme & Car Rallies - standard admission charge apply.
March - April
Easter Egg Quiz - 31st March 1st & 2nd April. 11am – 5pm
Lullingstone Castle and The World Garden kicks off its season with family fun on Easter Saturday with our new 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!
Classic Car Rally - 22nd April. 12 noon – 5pm
Lullingstone Castle welcomes for the first time Classic Car Connections for it's 'Drive It Day'. The event is part of The Federation of British Historic Vehicle Clubs® national day which helps raise awareness of the large and important extent of the classic vehicle movement in the UK. Visitors will have the opportunity to admire over 60 iconic classic cars and meet their owners. Standard admission charges apply and House will be open for 'free flow' between 12 - 5pm.
Medieval Weekend - 27th & 28th May. 11am - 5pm
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 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! Visitors will experience at 1pm the live firing of cannons and archery displays, 3pm is the medieval arena displays.
June - July
National Gardens Scheme - 17th June. 12 noon - 5pm
Fire Engine Rally - 30th June & 1st July. 11am - 5pm
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 organised by the Fire Service Preservation Group South East Branch.
Experience epic live fire displays during both days 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 - 25th, 26th & 27th August. 11am - 5pm
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.
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 to see amongst the continents to truly 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.
25th August only - Book signing from 11am "Unravelling the yarn". Claire Weiss, a local historian and writer from Leyton, will be available to meet and you can buy a signed copy of the book at the house.
Mexican Celebration Weekend - 15th & 16th September. 11am - 5pm
Returning for 2018 is our popular Mexican celebration weekend, visitors will be able to immerse themselves in a Mexican plant tour with Tom, enjoy the music and indulge with a taste of Mexico! Tom will lead two FREE 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 great family day out!
Rolls Royce Car Rally - 23rd September. 12 noon - 5pm
Standard admission charges apply and House will be open for 'free flow' between 12 - 5pm.
Halloween Magic - 28th October. 12 noon - 7pm
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! £1 donation for the pumpkin carving.
PLEASE NOTE: event access only via Lullingstone Villa through the village (Shoreham Road entrance & car park closed for Halloween)
Find all our events on Visit Kent