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CELEBRATING 900 YEARS

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Afternoon Tea in The Castle Dining Room Selected dates throughout the year

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Magical Birds & Festive Feathers23rd November 2019 to 1st January 2020

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Christmas Party in the Fairfax Hall 20196th, 7th, 12th, 13th, 14th, 20th and 21st December 2019

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The Great Pantomime Murder Mystery 201914th December, 20th December, 21st December

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The Christmas MarketWeekends only from 23rd November to 15th December 2019

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Leeds Castle News

  • Leeds Castle named Wedding Venue of the Year 2020

    As Leeds Castle approaches the end of its 900th celebrations, we are thrilled to have been crowned ‘Wedding Venue of the Year 2020’ by Kent Wedding Awards. 

    In an awards ceremony at the Mercure Great Danes Hotel in Maidstone, judges commented that they “loved the tailored in-house team service for every couple, exacting standards of catering and beautiful added extras. A hard-working professional team that ensure that every wedding is as magical as the castle itself “. 

     Known as “the loveliest castle in the world”, Leeds Castle was up against some stunning finalists, but the judges stated that “Leeds Castle’s submission demonstrated their ability to create the perfect space for the wedding of your dreams.” 

    Set in five hundred acres of beautiful parkland and gardens, Leeds Castle offers an incredible selection of spectacular venues to make any wedding day extra special. 

    Be it the stately grandeur of the Castle, the intimate atmosphere of the Maiden’s Tower and 14th Century manor house Bat

  • Leeds Castle's Annual Swan Check

    Every year during the first week of October, the Falconry & Wildlife team at Leeds Castle set aside the week for their Annual Swan Check. 

    With over 20 captive bred swans across the estate, it is important that the team check they are happy and healthy! This year 11 Black Swans, 8 Whopper Swans and 2 Trumpeter Swans had their Annual Swan Check. 

    Their annual health check involves weighing the Swans to make sure they’re maintaining a constant weight throughout the year, checking all the feathers to make sure they’re in good condition, checking feet for sores or any other problems and checking that the microchips they have still work and are in place. The team also takes the opportunity to take DNA samples from those whose sex is unknown, this way they can keep a track of the male and female ratio. 

     

    And the results are in… 

    Mark Brattle, Falconry and Wildlife Manager, confirmed that all the swans are in good health with no major problems; across the species the Black Swans put on 10lb, the Whoopers put on 9.5lb and the Trumpet

  • Leeds Castle Visitors Vote 'Dancing Through the Delphiniums' as Festival of Flowers Favourite!

    Thousands of visitors to Festival of Flowers event at Leeds Castle have voted the display by The Dorchester’s Head Florist, Philip Hammond as their favourite design for 2019.

    Philip’s design was sponsored by Meijer for the Queen’s Gallery and entitled ‘Dancing through the Delphiniums’. It attracted lots of attention for its vibrant colour, perfumed fragrance and show-stopping design.

    The annual Festival of Flowers has become a firm favourite in the Castle’s calendar with prestigious International floral designers, visitors of all ages to the Castle and social media influencers!

    Each year, the principal State rooms inside “the loveliest Castle in the world” are transformed through incredible floristry designed to a theme – this year ‘a Floral Party’ in recognition of the Castle’s 900th anniversary.

    Across the six day event, the Castle welcomed over 21,000 visitors and people voted in the thousands for their favourite display – a very close race given the calibre of the designers this year.

    Returning prestigious designers

  • 'Then and Now' Leeds and Broomfield Cricket Club

    To commemorate Leeds Castle’s 900th anniversary, we have released a series of photographs entitled ‘Then and Now’. 

    Using images from the Castle’s archives, we have replicated pictures of past staff and family members using the modern Leeds Castle teams. 

    One image that was uncovered from the archive was a circa 1900s shot of ‘Leeds Cricket Club’ as it was then – now known as ‘Leeds and Broomfield Cricket Club’. 

    Our PR Officer invited the current team in to recreate the photograph on the exact same spot on the Castle’s drawbridge and this is the result! 

    We would like to thank Club President Dave Wratten, Chairman Rick Mustill and 1st XI Captain Max Aitken for helping us make this fantastic photo happen. 

    The full set of ‘Then and Now’ pictures will be on exhibition in the Castles Queen’s Bedroom until Christmas.  

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