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 charges apply.
Find all our events on Visit Kent
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. Special guests over the three days to include; Bindi, a Tegu monitor lizard, Archie a Burmese python, Luna - Barn owl, Guss the blue tongued skink lizard, Giant rabbits and Tanuki Corn snakes (maybe subject to change). 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 Hart Dyke, enjoy the music and indulge with a taste of Mexico! Tom will lead two guided tours of The World Garden including Mexico, The Hot & Spiky Cacti House & our new Hot ‘n’ Juicy House at 12.30pm and 2.30pm.
In the house, Darren Everest Dahlias will be displaying a stunning selection of his beauties, as planted in The Long border leading to the Moon Gate and garden. The castle marquee will also have a Mexican themed menu for the weekend, so pop along for a great family day out! The Mexican ‘Los Soneros’ our Mexican band will play in between the tours at between 1:15pm - 2:15pm only in the Great Hall & outside the manor house.
The World Garden is delighted to announce the opening of a new “Hot ‘n’ Juicy” hot house, showcasing a wondrously diverse collection of sumptuous cacti & succulents mostly from the arid regions of North America. It will officially be opened by Sarah Hart Dyke on Saturday the 15th September during the Mexican event at approximately 1pm, it’s a must see new feature of the garden, located next to the nursery and potting shed.
Rolls Royce Car Rally - 23rd September. 12 noon - 5pm
This year’s annual gathering by the Rolls Royce Enthusiasts Club (South East section) will take place at Lullingstone Castle where around 30 classic Rolls Royce cars will be showcased for visitors to admire and talk to their proud owners. 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, 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!
New for 2018, in our cafe marquee we will have a craft table for some arty painting and decorating of Halloween 'trick or treat’ pots' for children to take home.
£1 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)