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Discover almost 900 years of history and explore 500 acres of beautiful parkland and gardens at "the loveliest Castle in the world".

The whole family will enjoy the maze and grotto, thrilling falconry displays, punting on the moat, adventure playgrounds and more!

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Festival of Flowers15th to 20th September

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Wedding Showcase18th to 19th September

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Suffragette Talk18th to 19th September

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Glorious Gardens Tour19th September

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Symbolism in Flower Arranging from Ancient Egypt to Modern Wedding Bouquets20th September

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FOOD AND DRINK

Delicious dining options throughout the grounds

ACCOMMODATION

Come and stay in the grounds of “The Loveliest Castle in the World”

Holiday Cottages


Historic properties located within the Leeds Castle Estate
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Bed and Breakfast

Twenty two luxury en-suite bedrooms within the Maiden’s Tower and Stable Courtyard
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Knight’s Glamping

Escape to the countryside for a glamorous camping holiday in one of our eight splendid striped pavilions
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Leeds Castle's New 5 Star Country House Venue

Available for Christmas and New Year 2018 Bookings

HOSPITALITY

Leeds Castle provides first class service and events for all occasions

Weddings

Say 'I do' in the most romantic of settings, "the loveliest castle in the world".
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Conferences

Let us cater for all your business needs in a choice of historic venues. 
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Banquets


Celebrate a special occasion with fine dining and first class service.
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Leeds Castle's Big 900 Story Writing Challenge

Children all over Britain are invited to join in celebrating Leeds Castle's 900th birthday by writing a short story about Castles and Time Travel. The two winning stories picked by our judges, including renowned broadcaster and children’s author Clare Balding, will go into a time capsule to be buried by the winning children and HRH Princess Alexandra and only opened again in 100 years’ time.

Clare Balding Entries will be sought in two age brackets: 5 to 9 years and 10 to 13 years. The winning children, with their family, will be invited to a very special Awards Day here at Leeds Castle in 2019 to meet Clare Balding and will win a basket of prizes. They will also be invited to take part in the ‘time capsule’ ceremony with Royalty later in the summer.

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    Upon her death in 1974, Lady Baillie left the Castle to the Leeds Castle Foundation, a private charity whose aim is to preserve the Castle and its grounds for the benefit of the public in perpetuity. In accordance with her wishes, the Castle is kept as a living house, with bedrooms that regularly accommodate guests at weddings, conferences and banquets.

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    Restoration & Conservation

    On-going maintenance and restoration work at the 12th Century Leeds Castle, requires care, expertise and money. As a charitable foundation, all profits go toward this endeavour and we are grateful to every visitor who contributes to this effort by purchasing a ticket or staying here in one of the many cottages or bed and breakfast rooms. Over the past five years money raised through our visitors has helped re-point the oldest parts of the Castle; improve accessibility for all and provide educational visits for over 50,000 children a year.

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    • Clare Balding Announced as Judge for Big 900 Story Writing Challenge

      Leeds Castle will soon be inviting children all over Britain to celebrate its 900th anniversary by entering an exciting story writing competition; ‘Leeds Castle’s ‘Big 900’ Story Writing Challenge’. 

      The Castle is also delighted to announce that renowned broadcaster and author Clare Balding will be the official judge for the challenge, along with Chief Executive Sir David Steel and Helen Ellis, Head of Education. 

      One of Britain’s leading and BAFTA-winning broadcasters, Clare Balding is also a best-selling and award-winning author of five books. Clare has released two children’s books titled ‘The Racehorse Who Wouldn’t Gallop’ and ‘The Racehorse Who Disappeared’. 

      For the competition, children from two age groups (5-9 years and 10-13 years) will be encouraged to write a fictional story of up to 900 words based loosely around the theme of ‘castles’ and/or ‘time travel’. Entries will be accepted online from September 5th 2018. 

      The two winning stories will be placed within a time capsule and buried in front of the Castle, only to be opened 100-years from now at the Castle’s millennium. The ten finalists from each category, along with their families, will also be invited to a very special Awards Day at Leeds Castle on 30th May 2019, when the winners will be announced by Clare Balding. The two lucky winners will also receive a hamper of prizes, including a stay at Knight’s Glamping, and be invited to take part in the ‘time capsule’ ceremony on 25th June 2019, with HRH Princess Alexandra. Runners up will receive smaller prizes. 

      Helen Ellis, Head of Education at Leeds Castle, said: “We are delighted that Clare Balding will be joining us as an official judge for the Big 900 Story Challenge. We have so much planned for the Castle’s 900th Anniversary, and the story challenge is a fantastic way to kick-start the celebrations. The story writing competition is also a great way to encourage the younger generation to get involved in both literacy and history, and the Castle judges are looking forward to reading the creative stories that children from all round the country will be sending in.” 

      Budding young writers have until 12pm on 5th March 2019 to submit their stories. 

      Further information and terms and conditions can be found here: https://www.leeds-castle.com/Education/Big+900+Story+Writing+Challenge/Big+900+Story+Writing+Challenge+Rules

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    • Leeds Castle Maze Turns 30

      It’s a landmark year for Leeds Castle’s yew-tree maze, as this month we are celebrating its 30th birthday! 

      Created in 1988 by the world’s leading maze designer Adrian Fisher, the Leeds Castle maze is made up of over 2,400 yew trees. It is also the only one to have even baffled its creator - upon opening it to the public in 1988, even he couldn’t find his way out. Adrian described the maze afterwards as “so difficult a puzzle that even a maze designer could get lost!” 

      Today, the attraction is still one of the country’s most popular and complicated mazes, and when viewed from the centre, the shape mirrors a Queen’s crown. Despite being set in a square shape, the pattern within the maze is circular, which adds to the difficulty of solving it. To exit, you venture through a mysterious underground shell grotto, twisting and turning through a unique combination of tunnels. 

      In this milestone year for the maze, Leeds Castle’s Head Gardener Andrew McCoryn and his team have discovered a new method of keeping the maze hedges trimmed and looking their best… stilts! The process of trimming its hedges would usually take the Leeds Castle Gardening team around five weeks to complete, but with the new addition of spring-loaded plasterer stilts to walk on, the job can now be completed in just five days. 

      Also to celebrate the maze’s 30th birthday, Leeds Castle invites all visitors during the entire month of August to take part in ‘The Maze Challenge’. 

    • Leeds Castle Lead Community Project to Remove Weeds on Local Church Bell Tower

      Leeds Castle recently led a community project to help conserve the Bell Tower of St Nicholas Church in nearby Leeds Village. 

      The parish church had contacted the Castle maintenance team to help eradicate an unwanted ‘valerian’ plant after it spread out of control over the Bell Tower’s exterior. The weeds had grown up over time and although some might say looked quite pretty at the top of the tower, were in fact eating away at the stonework and potentially causing significant damage. 

      Leeds Castle’s Head Gardener Andrew McCoryn worked with Taskmasters, an abseiling maintenance company hired by the Castle and they collaborated on this mission to keep the local village church’s ancient crevices free of these unwanted weeds. With full protective harnesses and working from ropes to descend the walls, the abseilers employed a special weed killer mix which is safe to other environment and wildlife, specially crafted by Andrew McCoryn to remove the valerian. 

      Valerian isn’t unsightly, but it’s very destructive. It has a strong root system that can strip away lime mortar, which consequently damages the building’s entire exterior,” says Andrew. 

      The team used rope and weights to abseil down the tower, working gradually to ensure the weeds were cut right back to the masonry. I had created a strong weed killer mix of Glyphosate, wallpaper paste and water, which was then carried in an eight-litre knapsack and applied to the weed’s freshly-cut roots with a paintbrush to ensure a direct and safe application."

      This extreme weeding task took the abseilers almost two days to complete, and we’re delighted to announce that the exterior’s condition has now much improved.

      St Nicholas’s parish church in Leeds, Kent, is at the heart of the village community and is a Grade I Listed Building. The tower contains bells dating from the 1700s which are housed in an ancient oak frame; one of the earliest surviving bell frames in the UK. Its churchyard also contains a number of memorials and monuments; including one for the first ever Leeds Castle Chairman, Geoffrey Lloyd.  

    • The Leeds Castle Classical Concert Prepares for Ruby Anniversary

      Leeds Castle is busy getting ready to present its ruby edition of one of the biggest summer evenings in the Kent events calendar – the Leeds Castle Classical Concert! 

      Taking almost a week to build and set-up, preparation for what is one of the largest open air classical concerts in the country is now well underway. Just days away from the big event, staff at Leeds Castle are working hard behind the scenes in anticipation for the arrival of thousands of concert-goers in their fancy dress and full finery; from tuxedos and ball gowns to patriotic themed outfits. 

      Officially marking 40 years since the first open air concert in 1978, this year’s Classical Concert will be held on Saturday 14th July and will celebrate the anniversary with a finale of music featuring 1970’s hits. The much-loved event attracts thousands each summer, and this year there will even be a prize for the best dressed in ‘Seventies Style’ attire!

      Those attending can enjoy a performance by the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, four world-class soloists and a spitfire fly-over by the Headcorn-based Aero Legends against the backdrop of the Castle. John Rigby will be hosting and conducting the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, and says the concert is guaranteed to have the audience “singing and dancing into the summer night”. 

      This is more than a concert,” said John Rigby, “it is a spectacular signature event unique to Leeds Castle, with its diverse classical orchestral programme, interwoven with specially selected choral and solo pieces with the visual spectacle or field guns, superb fireworks and iconic aircraft displays.” 

      Four sensational soloists will also be taking to the stage to mark the occasion; West End performer Louise Dearman, Lead Singer of Mike and the Mechanics Tim Howar, Soprano Katie Bird and Tenor Alexander James Edwards. 

      Head on over to www.leedscastleconcert.co.uk for your tickets. 

      The Leeds Castle Classical Concert is organised by Heritage Events.

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