What's On

What’s on in 2019 . . .

Ightham Mote

Ightham Mote 

There is a full range of events throughout 2019 which can be found by visiting Ightham Mote's website.

New for 2019 is the Formal Garden now fully planted as a sensory garden, the first for Ightham Mote, incorporating smell, touch, taste and sound.  The smell is Thyme Silver Queen, touch is Stachys Silver Leaf, taste is Basil Red Rubin, the sound is Bracteantha Sunbrella orange and white. Succulent Sinocrassula yunnanensis has also been planted for its unusual  look.

Also the recently purchased John Singer Sargent picture, A Game of Bowls, painted at the Mote in 1889 when the artist stayed at Ightham Mote.

 Ightham Mote  cafe. garden and shop is open all year.   The shop, garden and cafe open daily from 1000 - 1530.  The estate is open from dawn to dusk. The Mote is closed on December 24 and 25. 

So whatever the weather, enjoy a bracing estate walk and a steaming cup of coffee or hot chocolate in the Cafe! 

Knole House

Knole House has recently undertaken a major conservation project, and for the first time in 2019, all 15 of the historic Show Rooms are on display, plus the The Gatehouse Tower and the attics. 

The Park can be enjoyed daily. There are three waymarked walks in the park of differing lengths and difficulty.  A map of these trails can be downloaded from the Knole website.

Knole can be congested so please read the access advice on the National Trust website.

Hever Castle

Hever is a delight at whatever time of year you visit. The gardens are a seasonal highlight, as is a boating trip on the Lake.  Please visit the website for full details.  

New for 2019 is the Waterside restaurant, at the next door Hever Golf Club.  The Club also houses a newly opened Health and Well Being centre which offers a range of treatments.  Both are open to non-Club members.


Chartwell is fascinating but often busy.  Our advice is to book a timed ticket online for a self-guided visit to the house. There are plenty of volunteers in the house though who are happy to answer any questions as you go around.

Estate walks are a particular joy and you can admire vistas which Winston Churchill used for some of his Chartwll paintings.

Leeds Castle

The castle is open daily. Book online for a 10% discount. 

See website for details of times and the Castle's seasonal activities.  Don't forget that Leeds Castle tickets offer free repeat visits for a year from the date of issue (excluding some additional ticketed events). 

Penshurst Place

Penshurst Place, house and garden, is another local gem with delightful gardens, a house full of fascinating history and a park for glorious walks.  If planning a wedding, why not consider Penshurst, winner of the 2019 Kent wedding awards.

The Porcupine Pantry and gift shop are open daily for seasonal treats and shopping.  The parkland remains open throughout the year.

Great Comp Garden

The 2019 season runs from 25 March to 31 October.  This is the perfect venue for the keen plantsman, as the garden offers inspiration for even the smallest of gardens!

Visit the Great Comp website eshop, and the purchase of that perfect gift, an annual pass.  

The Old Dairy Tearoom will refresh you during your visit with a range of mouth-watering home-baked delights.

Riverhill Himalayan Gardens

Riverhill Himalayan Gardens are an ideal venue for a moment to explore and chill.  New for 2019 is the renovated Edwardian hidden rock garden, a marvel of engineering and garden design.

The cafe offers delicious home prepared food, and the shop has a range of plants and special gifts.

 Lullingstone Castle

The Castle's  2019 season runs from 9 April - 27 October, with the castle and world garden open on Friday, Saturday and Sunday plus Bank Holiday Mondays.

RHS members have free entry (excluding event days) to this innovative and intriguing garden.  Enjoy a full range of exciting events and ticket discounts (for eligible membership categories) throughout the year,

The Stag

Cinema and theatre with various live performances.