What’s on at Chiddingstone Castle this winter
Chiddingstone Castle’s director, Ali Ditzel, invites historic house and cream tea enthusiasts, witches and wizards, festive shoppers, Father Christmas lovers and newly engaged couples to the castle this winter.
“With one month left of our open season, we’re welcoming the last visitors into Chiddingstone Castle and gardens before we close for the winter,” says Ditzel. “Come along to discover our unique historic house, its Tudor origins, Victorian rooms, and exhibitions of ancient Egyptian, Japanese, Buddhist, Stuart and Jacobite art and artefacts. Uncover a story of a gifted collector, unrequited love and attempted murder. And of course enjoy one of our scrumptious cream teas. We’re open from 11am – 5pm from Sunday to Wednesday, and we’re offering InsideKENT readers a special 2-for-1 entry on any usual admission day before 31st October 2017. All you have to do is present this article at our North Door to claim this special offer; adult £9.50, child £4.50 – please note this does not include our ‘Special Event’ days listed below.”
For the very first time, the castle is opening its doors to the Chiddingstone Castle School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. For three days during the October half term (26th-28th), 600 young witches and wizards will be sorted into a house before attending classes around the castle and grounds including potion making, choir practice, spell school, and of course, flying school. Launched last month, the event has already seen hundreds of people registering their interest and tickets are selling out fast!
Why not visit the castle and gardens on Saturday 25th November for the annual Christmas Fair (10am – 3pm; admission charged on the door – adults £5, children £1) and spend the day shopping for festive gifts in Chiddingstone Castle’s historic rooms and heated marquee. With 70 stalls and plenty of mulled wine and mince pies, they’re sure to have something for everyone on your list.
The castle is also busy plotting for their special Victorian Christmas event this December, featuring the man himself, Mr Father Christmas. To be the first to hear about this event, future events and ticket sales, do sign up to the newsletter on their website – www.chiddingstonecastle.org.uk.
Chiddingstone is open as usual for wedding viewings and bookings, so if you’re dreaming of getting married in your very own castle, don’t hesitate to get in touch. Every wedding is unique at Chiddingstone, and you’re guaranteed exclusive use and no corkage too!
The team at Chiddingstone Castle looks forward to welcoming you soon.
Chiddingstone Castle, Hill Hoath Road, Chiddingstone, Edenbridge, Kent, TN8 7AD