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    Exhibitions

    Events showing the key symbol are included in the price of admission.
    However, some events will incur a small additional charge or a booking fee.

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        'A Dog's Life at Leeds Castle' Exhibition

    'A Dog's Life at Leeds Castle' Exhibition

    Dates: 2nd July 2014 to 2nd November 2014

    Visit the Exhibition Centre and discover the highlights of the famous Dog Collar Collection and hear the story of the last private owner of Leeds Castle Lady Baillie and her pampered pets.

        Henry VIII Greenwich Armouries Collection

    Henry VIII Greenwich Armouries Collection

    Dates: 23rd July 2014 to 2nd November 2014

    View the armour and tools from the Henry VIII Greenwich Armouries Collection loaned from Royal Armouries, displayed in our newly opened Exhibition Centre.

        Autumn Photowalks

    Autumn Photowalks

    Dates: 23rd October 2014

    A great opportunity to improve your photography skills and capture the Castle Estate and autumn flowers with your own equipment with professional guidance from Robert Canis.
    Robert will explain the various controls on your camera and discuss such things as composition, lighting, exposure and lens selection. There will be plenty of opportunities to stop and set up your shot for photographs in the grounds. The workshop is suitable for all ages and abilities and each walk lasts approximately three hours.

    SOLD OUT 
    £40 per person (includes a one-day ticket to Leeds Castle and refreshments)
    Max 8 people per session. Must be pre-booked online.

     

        Woodland Walk

    Woodland Walk

    Dates: 24th October 2014

    One of the Leeds Castle Grounds team will take you on a delightful walk around our woodlands. Find out about the history of the woodland, its development since the 1930s and how we maintain this beautiful part of the estate.

    The walk starts at 11.30am at the Main Entrance and is included with admission. Please note that the walk is weather permitting.

        The Maiden's Tower Tour

    The Maiden's Tower Tour

    Dates: 25th October 2014

     Join us for a special behind the scenes tour of The Maiden’s Tower. See where Catherine of Aragon’s ladies in waiting were accommodated when the Tudor court was in residence. Find out why this tower has its name, learn about the roaring 1920s and what it was used for during World War II.

    Price £5 per person (price is in addition to entry fee). Max 20 people per tour. Tours must be pre-booked online. A valid admission ticket is also required.
    Tours commence at 12.30pm.

        Haunted Halloween at Half Term

    Haunted Halloween at Half Term

    Dates: 25th October 2014 to 31st October 2014

    Children will be thrilled and surprised by the Haunted Halloween Hunt and Spooky Quest for both younger and older age groups this October half term. The Spooky Quest takes place around the woodland walk while the Halloween Hunt will involve clues from spooky characters all around the grounds, both with a chocolate prize at the end. A fancy dress competition for the best blood curdling outfit takes place daily at 2pm near the Maze, while Spooky Stories with Raggedy Jack will entertain younger children in the Playground area throughout the day. A small additional charge applies to the Spooky Quest and Haunted Halloween Hunt.

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    Haunted Halloween at Half Term
        Blood, Boils and Black Death: Evening Halloween Tour

    Blood, Boils and Black Death: Evening Halloween Tour

    Dates: 31st October 2014

    Discover a distinctly unpleasant side to “the loveliest castle in the world”! Join the castle guides for an All Hallows Eve tour through a horribly diseased and gruesome history - hear tales of a castle ravaged by the grisly Black Death and ruthless 16th Century ‘sawbones’ surgery.

    Tours: 6pm, 7pm and 8pm
    Price: £20 per person.
    Suitable for over 12 years. Tours must be pre-booked.
    SOLD OUT

        Views of Leeds Castle by Martin Grover

    Views of Leeds Castle by Martin Grover

    Dates: 7th November 2014 to 24th December 2014

    The classic 1930s interiors of Leeds Castle inspired London artist Martin Grover to create a set of prints in the distinctive poster style of the period. The display will take place in the Exhibition Centre.

        Leeds Castle Fireworks 'Go Wild'

    Leeds Castle Fireworks 'Go Wild'

    Dates: 8th November 2014 to 9th November 2014

    This year Leeds Castle Fireworks ‘Go Wild’ with music inspired by animals of the world. For two consecutive nights, the most incredible display of pyrotechnics will light up the sky over the Castle, synchronised with moving images and rousing music. Arrive early for the ‘Go Wild’ themed afternoon entertainment, enjoy hot food and drinks at a variety of stalls and be sure to join us by 5.30pm (fireworks last approx. 30 mins) when the night sky goes wild.
    Saturday 8th November - SOLD OUT
    Sunday 9th November - tickets still available 

    Adult: £19; Child (under 16 yrs): £12.50
    Group Rates (15 or more) Adult £16; Child: £11.50
    Under 4s free (must be reserved at time of booking)
    Tickets must be pre-booked. Group rate tickets can only be booked via the Box Office on 01622 880008 (phone lines open Monday to Friday, 10am to 5pm).

        Fireworks House Party

    Fireworks House Party

    Dates: 8th November 2014

    Combine first class hospitality and the South-East’s biggest and best firework display. Settle into your bedroom before joining the other guests for a ‘behind the scenes’ tour of the firework setup. Afternoon tea will then be served in the Dining Room. Wrap up warm for the display and return to the castle afterwards for Winter Pimms and a three course dinner in the Banqueting Hall followed by coffee in the Drawing Rooms.
    At the end of the evening, retire to your magnificent Castle bedroom and enjoy a full English breakfast, the following morning in the Dining Room.

    Event including a Battlement bedroom £410 per couple
    Or including a State bedroom £460 per couple
    This evening event has SOLD OUT.

    View the Dine & Sleep Brochure and Menu.
     

        The Printmaker's Art

    The Printmaker's Art

    Dates: 15th November 2014 to 16th November 2014

    Artist, Martin Grover will be giving live demonstrations on the art of print making and how he has created many artworks showing Leeds Castle in a totally new light.

        Eleanor of Castile - The Shadow Queen

    Eleanor of Castile - The Shadow Queen

    Dates: 25th November 2014

    Leeds Castle is delighted that the author and QC, Sara Cockerill, will be talking about her new book, Eleanor of Castile - The Shadow Queen at 5.30pm.

    Eleanor of Castile, the remarkable woman behind England’s greatest medieval king, Edward I, has effectively been airbrushed from history; yet she had one of the most fascinating lives of any of England’s queens and she was the first royal to own Leeds Castle. 

    Books will be available for purchase and Ms Cockerill will be signing copies. A cash bar will also be available.

    This talk is free of charge to annual ticket holders. Please reserve your place by calling the Box Office on 01622 880008 (lines open Monday to Friday, 10am to 5pm). Numbers are limited so book early. Please bring your annual ticket with you to gain entry for this event.

        Christmas Wreath Making

    Christmas Wreath Making

    Dates: 26th November 2014 to 28th November 2014

    The Castle Florist will help keen amateurs prepare for Christmas with Christmas Wreath Making workshops. Get into the festive spirit by creating handmade wreaths with expert guidance from the Castle Florist. 

    £40 per person including a one day entrance ticket. Workshops must be pre-booked online and take place.

        Christmas Party in the Fairfax Hall

    Christmas Party in the Fairfax Hall

    Dates: 5th December 2014

    Other dates: 13th December 2014, 20th December 2014

    Celebrate the festive season with your clients, colleagues and friends at Leeds Castle. Join our Christmas party in the 17th century oak beamed Fairfax Hall with spectacular views of the castle. Start the evening with a sparkling cranberry cocktail before taking your seats for a delicious three course dinner followed by coffee and mince pies. After dinner, dance the night away with our DJ until midnight.

    Make the evening a night to remember and retire to the Stable Courtyard Bedrooms, price includes a full English breakfast served the following morning.

    Evening price - £45 per person
    Accommodation - £140 per room
    This evening event has SOLD OUT

    View the Dine & Sleep Brochureand Menu.

        The Gingerbread Christmas at Leeds Castle

    The Gingerbread Christmas at Leeds Castle

    Dates: 6th December 2014 to 23rd December 2014

    The magic of Christmas descends upon the entire Leeds Castle Estate this December, celebrating the traditions of the festive season with wonderful things to see and do for the whole family. See the Castle interiors transformed with a traditional gingerbread theme for Christmas with beautiful decorations and a central display to take your breath away.

    Explore the Christmas Market on the Cedar Lawn and discover an array of seasonal gifts, toys, decorations and delicious food and drink. Enjoy a warming hot chocolate or mulled wine and a ride on the carousel or Ferris wheel with spectacular views of the beautiful moated Castle. Look out for the real reindeer stabled at the market - until they are needed for more pressing matters on Christmas Eve.

    Children will love the Gingerbread Quest as they search through the Woodland Walk, over to the adventure playgrounds and back again to find all the gingerbread men.

        Father Christmas Visits

    Father Christmas Visits

    Dates: 6th December 2014 to 7th December 2014

    Other dates: 13th December 2014 to 14th December 2014, 18th December 2014 to 23rd December 2014

    Meeting Father Christmas at Leeds Castle has become a much-loved tradition for children, parents and grandparents alike. Set in the centre of the Christmas Market, the Elves will be waiting to welcome children before they enter Father Christmas’ magical grotto and receive a special gift. 
    Tickets cost £12 per child, which includes a quality gift. A valid day or annual ticket is required for all attending.
    SOLD OUT

        The Christmas Market

    The Christmas Market

    Dates: 6th December 2014 to 23rd December 2014

    The Leeds Castle Christmas market will be returning for its second year this December. Open daily from 10am to 5pm, the festive Christmas market will be host to a variety of products, with stallholders offering Christmas gifts, local produce and festive fayre.

    If you would like to exhibit at the Christmas Market download the Christmas Market Stallholder Application Form or email FrancescaBarrett@leeds-castle.co.uk or call 01622 767860. 

        Christmas Photowalk

    Christmas Photowalk

    Dates: 10th December 2014

    Other dates: 17th December 2014

    Bring your own photography equipment and capture the magic of Leeds Castle at night, lit up for the Christmas season. Professional tutor Robert Canis will be on hand for guidance and discussion to help you achieve incredible images on the estate after dark. The castle will be alive with colourful twinkling lights reflecting in the moat and the bustling Christmas market on the Cedar Lawn.
    SOLD OUT
    Sessions start at 3.30pm and finish at 6.30pm. Maximum of 8 people per session including one on one assistance. £40 per person. You will have exclusive access to the interior of the castle for part of the workshop. 

    Please be aware that there is essential conservation work taking place on one section of the castle resulting in a very small area covered in white tarpaulin. However, Robert will instruct you on how to avoid this in your photos

        Christmas Party in the Fairfax Hall

    Christmas Party in the Fairfax Hall

    Dates: 13th December 2014

    Other dates: 5th December 2014, 20th December 2014

    Celebrate the festive season with your clients, colleagues and friends at Leeds Castle. Join our Christmas party in the 17th century oak beamed Fairfax Hall with spectacular views of the castle. Start the evening with a sparkling cranberry cocktail before taking your seats for a delicious three course dinner followed by coffee and mince pies. After dinner, dance the night away with our DJ until midnight.

    Make the evening a night to remember and retire to the Stable Courtyard Bedrooms, price includes a full English breakfast served the following morning.

    Evening price - £45 per person
    Accommodation - £140 per room
    This evening event has SOLD OUT

    View the Dine & Sleep Brochureand Menu.

        Father Christmas Visits

    Father Christmas Visits

    Dates: 13th December 2014 to 14th December 2014

    Other dates: 6th December 2014 to 7th December 2014, 18th December 2014 to 23rd December 2014

    Meeting Father Christmas at Leeds Castle has become a much-loved tradition for children, parents and grandparents alike. Set in the centre of the Christmas Market, the Elves will be waiting to welcome children before they enter Father Christmas’ magical grotto and receive a special gift. 
    Tickets cost £12 per child, which includes a quality gift. A valid day or annual ticket is required for all attending.
    SOLD OUT

        Christmas Floral Curiosity with Mig Kimpton

    Christmas Floral Curiosity with Mig Kimpton

    Dates: 16th December 2014

    Multi-award winning floral designer Mig Kimpton brings a theatrical flair to floral designs through history and the myths behind our Christmas traditions in the Christmas Floral Curiosity workshop at 2pm.
    Running time 90 minutes without an interval.
    £10 per person. A valid entrance ticket to Leeds Castle is also required.

        Christmas Photowalk

    Christmas Photowalk

    Dates: 17th December 2014

    Other dates: 10th December 2014

    Bring your own photography equipment and capture the magic of Leeds Castle at night, lit up for the Christmas season. Professional tutor Robert Canis will be on hand for guidance and discussion to help you achieve incredible images on the estate after dark. The castle will be alive with colourful twinkling lights reflecting in the moat and the bustling Christmas market on the Cedar Lawn.
    SOLD OUT
    Sessions start at 3.30pm and finish at 6.30pm. Maximum of 8 people per session including one on one assistance. £40 per person. You will have exclusive access to the interior of the castle for part of the workshop. 

    Please be aware that there is essential conservation work taking place on one section of the castle resulting in a very small area covered in white tarpaulin. However, Robert will instruct you on how to avoid this in your photos

        Father Christmas Visits

    Father Christmas Visits

    Dates: 18th December 2014 to 23rd December 2014

    Other dates: 6th December 2014 to 7th December 2014, 13th December 2014 to 14th December 2014

    Meeting Father Christmas at Leeds Castle has become a much-loved tradition for children, parents and grandparents alike. Set in the centre of the Christmas Market, the Elves will be waiting to welcome children before they enter Father Christmas’ magical grotto and receive a special gift. 
    Tickets cost £12 per child, which includes a quality gift. A valid day or annual ticket is required for all attending.
    SOLD OUT

        Christmas Party in the Fairfax Hall

    Christmas Party in the Fairfax Hall

    Dates: 20th December 2014

    Other dates: 5th December 2014, 13th December 2014

    Celebrate the festive season with your clients, colleagues and friends at Leeds Castle. Join our Christmas party in the 17th century oak beamed Fairfax Hall with spectacular views of the castle. Start the evening with a sparkling cranberry cocktail before taking your seats for a delicious three course dinner followed by coffee and mince pies. After dinner, dance the night away with our DJ until midnight.

    Make the evening a night to remember and retire to the Stable Courtyard Bedrooms, price includes a full English breakfast served the following morning.

    Evening price - £45 per person
    Accommodation - £140 per room
    This evening event has SOLD OUT

    View the Dine & Sleep Brochureand Menu.

        The Winter Trail

    The Winter Trail

    Dates: 26th December 2014 to 4th January 2015

    All the presents have been unwrapped and crackers pulled, so it’s time to breathe in some fresh air and take the children on the Leeds Castle Winter Trail. Collect festive clues as you go round with the chance to be entered into an exciting prize draw.

        New Year's Eve at Leeds Castle

    New Year's Eve at Leeds Castle

    Dates: 31st December 2014

    Celebrate the start of the new year at Leeds Castle. The evening begins with a glass of chilled Champagne served in the castle Library before a guided tour of the castle. Take your seats for a delicious four course fine dining dinner, served in the impressive Banqueting Hall. Dance the night away to live music from ‘Snow Band’ before watching a spectacular fireworks display at midnight.

    Make the evening a night to remember and retire to a magnificent Castle bedroom, price includes a full English breakfast served the following morning in the Dining Room.

    Evening price - £195 per person
    Battlement Bedroom - £275 per room
    Castle State Bedroom - £325 per room
    Maiden's Tower Bedroom - £325 per room

    View the Dine & Sleep Brochure and Menu.

        New Year's Eve in the Fairfax Hall

    New Year's Eve in the Fairfax Hall

    Dates: 31st December 2014

    Say goodbye to 2014 and celebrate the start of the new year, looking across the majestic moat to Leeds Castle. Start the evening with a glass of chilled Champagne, before taking your seats for a delicious three course dinner. After dinner, dance the night away with our DJ and have your Champagne glass re-filled for the midnight toast. As the clock strikes twelve, a spectacular fireworks display will commence high above the 900 year old castle.

    Make the evening a night to remember and retire to the Stable Courtyard Bedrooms, price includes a full English breakfast served the following morning.

    Evening price - £110 per person
    Accommodation - £200 per room

    View the Dine & Sleep Brochure and Menu

        Leeds Castle Triathlon

    Leeds Castle Triathlon

    Dates: 27th June 2015 to 28th June 2015

    The great sport of Triathlon returns to Kent’s 900 year old Castle. Complete an open water swim in the moat, road cycle and cross country run around the estate. In association with Ocean Lake Triathlon and Triathlon England.

    27th June – Sprint Tri (750m/26k/5k) & Junior Aquathlon
    28th June – Standard Tri (1500m/40k/10k)