What's On

What’s on in 2018 . . .

Ightham Mote

Ightham Mote 

The ground floor only of the house is currently open until 1st January 2019, 1000 - 1500.  Thereafter the house will be closed until 2 March 2019.

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

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 is in the midst of a major conservation project, and visitors can see the progress of this exciting work.

The showrooms are currently closed for vital conservation work, re-opening on Saturday 2 March 2019.

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.

Hever Castle

The Castle is open every day until Christmas.  The main season commences on 31 March, but there seasonal opening operates before this date.  Please visit the website for full details.  

The castle recently won Bronze Award, Large Visitor Attraction category, in the Beautiful South Awards.  Congratulations!

Highlights for Spring 2019

Living with Nature 16 - 24 February: A programme of events in conjunction with the RSPB.

Snowdrop Walk from 9 February (weather dependent): Enjoy these harbingers for spring.

Dazzling Daffodils 20 - 24 March: Glory in some yellow 'sunshine' to brighten your spirits after the winter gloom.

Tulip Celebrations 24 - 30 April: Be inspired by some stunning garden and interior displays.


The house is now closed for 2018.

The house will open again on 1 March 2019.

Your timed ticket will be for a self-guided visit to the house, as opposed to a tour. There are plenty of volunteers in the house though who are happy to answer any questions as you go around.

 Exhibition (opening 12 January 2019  1000 - 1600): A History of Winston Churchill

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 are now closed for the season.

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 will run from 25 March to 31 October.  The garden will also be open on Sunday 17 February 2019 for the annual Snowdrop Sensation - an indulgent delight for galanthophiles.

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

The garden and cafe is now closed for the season.  The 2019 season will commence on 22 March 2019.

 Lullingstone Castle

The castle and garden has now closed for 2018.  The 2019 season will run 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.