What's On

What’s on in 2018 . . .

Ightham Mote

Ightham Mote 

The Queen of Ightham Mote - an American Interlude: Queen Palmer, John Singer Sergeant and their Circle exhibition continues into 2018.  The highlight is the famed Singer Sergeant portrait of Elsie Palmer, on loan from the States and last seen in the UK in 1999.  A definite 2017 highlight.

There is a full range of events throughout 2018 which can be found by visiting Ightham Mote's website.

Ightham Mote  cafe. garden and shop is open all year.  The house is open 1100 - 1500 (with last entry half an hour before closing); the shop, garden and cafe open daily from 1000 - 1530.  The Mote is closed on December 24 and 25. 

Knole House

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

The Gatehouse Tower (open daily) can be viewed by the public for the first time. 

The Brewhouse Cafe - offers a tempting new menu.  Enjoy a panoramic vista from the Cafe's rooftop terrace.

The Showrooms open for 2018 are the Great Hall, Great Staircase, Ballroom, Reynolds Room, Cartoon Gallery and King’s Room. Work continues in the other showrooms, which will remain closed until spring 2019, as Knole continues with specialist work to conserve the rooms and precious collections.

The Private Gardens are open every Tuesday from April to September, when visitors can enjoy Knole’s enchanting 500-year-old garden. Access is through the beautiful Orangery where doors open to reveal the secluded lawns and majestic walkways of the Sackville family’s private space.

The Park can be enjoyed by joining park walk volunteers for a guided tour every Thursday, Saturday and Sunday (subject to availability). The walks set off from outside the Visitor Centre at 2pm and take in the highlights of the park in approx. 45 minutes. There are also 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 now open for the 2018 season.  Grounds open at 10:30am – Castle opens at 12:00 noon, with the last entry at 4.30 pm.
On arrival you will receive a leaflet with opening times for all attractions and amenities. 


The second Tulip Celebrations event as part of the Tulip Festival at Hever Castle & Gardens will be even bigger with 20,000 tulips in bloom in the stunning grounds of the childhood home of Anne Boleyn.  The glorious display can either be enjoyed with a self-guided walk or with an escorted tour led by Head Gardener, Neil Miller.


The house is now open for 2018.

During the main season of 24 Feb - 28 Oct 2018 house timed tickets will run every 10 minutes throughout the day, from 11.30am Mon-Fri and from 11am on weekends. Last entry is at 3.50pm Mon-Fri and 16pm on weekends, with the house closing at 5pm.

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 (open daily): Clementine Churchill, speaking for herself.  

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.

Penshurst Place

Penshurst Place house and garden is now open.

The Porcupine Pantry and gift shop are open daily for seasonal treats and shopping.

Great Comp Garden

The garden is now open until 31 October 2018.

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 is open for the new season.

See the website  for a full range of events including the April Bluebell Festival (18th - 29th April) and the Hospice in the Weald Forget me Not installation (9th - 20th May.

Enjoy a home-made light lunch, coffee or tea at the cosy cafe, or find a charming purchase at the Garden shop. 

 Lullingstone Castle

The castle and garden has now re-opened for 2018.

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

The Stag

Cinema and theatre with various live performances.