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Murder Mystery House Party - Extra Night Added!

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Due to high demand we have added extra nights! What better office Christmas party than getting the taste buds tingling this Christmas than dinner with a dash of murder on the side? Following the death of Lady Hortense Thornley-Cruttock, her son, Sir Oswald and his wife Lady Cecilia invite you for a once in a lifetime opportunity to attend the auction of the highly valuable Thornley-Cruttock jewel collection. What could possibly go wrong? As actors help to set the scene, immerse yourself in this truly interactive evening of dinner theatre where you decide just how involved you want to be. The emphasis is on having fun, playing detective or suspect, solving the crime and above all, eating delicious food and drinking delicious wine; and if you so choose, staying overnight in “the loveliest castle in the world”. As a special guest you will be given hints and tips should you wish to come in costume. You are invited to arrive at the Castle from early afternoon to enjoy the estate. Cocktails will be served in the Library and the butler will call for dinner in the Henry VIII Banqueting Hall where a fine three course menu awaits and the evening’s entertainment can commence. With the mystery solved, reassemble in the Thorpe Hall Drawing Room for after dinner drinks before those of you staying the night retire to your luxury bedrooms. A full English breakfast is served in the Castle Dining Room the following morning.

Call our Hospitality Team on 01622 767855 to book a thrilling office party!

Crimestoppers in Kent launches Summer Campaign at Leeds Castle

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Over 50 delegates from the Police, community safety organisations, tourism businesses and local authorities attended a Crimestoppers in Kent conference in the Maiden’s Tower in July.

The launch was part of the Crimestoppers charity’s continued efforts to help make our communities safer by encouraging more people to speak up and report crime anonymously via Crimestoppers, and to highlight combined crime prevention efforts throughout the summer.

Throughout history Leeds Castle has been a private meeting place for significant talks affecting the safety and security of our country. During the Second World War Churchill visited Leeds Castle to meet with Geoffrey Lloyd, Minister for Petroleum to discuss secret plans for Operation Pluto; a project which saw petroleum pumped under the Channel to the Allies in France supporting those fighting for our freedom. Initial talks between foreign ministers for Egypt, Israel and the United States of America took place here in 1978 which later led to the Camp David agreement. And in 2004 the Northern Ireland peace talks took place chaired by Tony Blair and Sinn Fein.

Today we continue to welcome corporate clients to meetings and conferences here at Leeds Castle and the Crimestoppers Conference is our third crime prevention themed conference in the past year following the Historic England Heritage Metal Theft Workshop in November 2016 and the launch of Heritage Watch this February.

Pictured L-R: George Jessel, High Sheriff of Kent; Peter Rolington, Chairman, Crimestoppers in Kent; Matthew Scott, Kent Police & Crime Commissioner; Mark Hallas, CEO, Crimestoppers UK; Alan Pughsley, Chief Constable, Kent Police.

Top 10 Things to Do at Leeds Castle in 2017

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For almost 900 years Leeds Castle, set within 500 acres of beautiful Kent parkland, has attracted crusaders and kings, courtiers and queens, witches and villains, world statesmen and icons of the silver screen. Today, everyone can connect their dreams of romance, excitement and glamour to this legendary castle with a rich variety of attractions and activities on offer.

Open every day of the year except Christmas Day, Leeds Castle has so much for visitors and guests to do in 2017 from formal gardens to falconry, from dog collars to dancing, from wellie walks to weddings. Leeds Castle has created a list of ‘Top 10 Things to Do at Leeds Castle in 2017’ with something to appeal to all ages and interests. Which will you choose?

1. Get married in the relaxed, informal style of a Garden Party Wedding in the beautiful setting of the 16th Century Maiden’s Tower. Enjoy the ambience of the private walled garden as your guests delight in a delicious sizzling BBQ and dance where society guests of the 1930s once did.

2. Discover the hidden garden. Discover the once hidden Mill Garden where newly planted dwarf bulbs Tulips, Muscari and Narcissus and beautiful red Poppies make for a colourful spring display on the rockery. See Australian tree ferns under planted with hardy exotic looking evergreens such as Fascicularia, Astelia and Iris Foetidissima in the river gully area.

3. Solve a murder. Immerse yourself in a truly interactive evening of dinner theatre and stay overnight in the Castle as part of a Fine, Dine & Stay murder mystery evening. Choose from Murder on the Home Front on Saturday 29th April or Murder Under the Mistletoe on Saturday 9th December.

4. Learn to fly a range of birds of prey across the estate for a unique and unforgettable experience as you become a falconer for a day. Learn the techniques of handling and flying an Owl, Hawk or Eagle and take a behind the scenes tour of the Falconry Centre with over 20 species from around the world.

5. Step back in time and learn about the role Leeds Castle and the surrounding countryside played during the Second World War through a new Battle for the Skies attraction opening in Spring 2017.

6. Swim in the moat as Henry VIII might once have done. Without question taking part in the Leeds Castle Triathlon as you swim, bike and run around “The Loveliest Castle in the World” is the most exhilarating way to experience this once Royal palace. In association with Triathlon England compete in the Sprint Tri (750m/26k/5k) and Junior Aquathlon on Saturday 24th June or Standard Tri (1500m/40k/10k) on Sunday 25th June.

7. Picnic under the stars with candelabra and champagne while being entertained by field cannons, fireworks and much loved classical music performed by the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra at the 39th Leeds Castle Classical Concert on 8th July 2017.

8. Take part in a Bat Walk for an enlightening evening of bats and other nocturnal creatures with the Leeds Castle wildlife team on selected evenings in July and August. Discover five species of bats that live at Leeds Castle including Pipistrelles, Noctules and Daubenton’s and enjoy the Castle and grounds at night.

9. Explore floral design. Be inspired by the creativity of international award winning florists and floral designers at the Festival of Flowers taking place from 23rd to 28th September. Take part in floral workshops, talks and demonstrations throughout the event.

10. Commemorate the greatest battle in naval history with an evening of music toasting and fine food in a traditional Trafalgar Night in the Henry VIII Banqueting Hall. Stay overnight in one of the Castle State or Battlement bedrooms as part of this special Fine, Dine & Stay event on Saturday 21st October.

Leeds Castle wins the 'Venue & Business Tourism Silver Award' at the Beautiful South Awards

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It was amazing to see over three hundred people from the tourism industry in one vast room at the Hilton Southampton, all waiting expectantly to hear the results of this year’s tourism awards. Ken Robinson, the Chairman of Tourism South East who presents these awards, made it really clear that to be nominated as a finalist from amongst thousands of entries was a true accolade, so we at Leeds Castle were immensely proud to win ‘Silver’ for our ‘Venue & Business Tourism’ offer.

This past year has indeed seen an upturn for the Castle in ‘incentive travel’ whereby groups, often from abroad, stay in the Castle, enjoy the amazing hospitality on offer, take part in great outdoor activities onsite such as Segway and Falconry and use us as a home base for equidistant travel to London or Paris.

Leeds Castle Wins 'Spirit of Kent' Digital Award

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The new Leeds Castle website www.leeds-castle.com was launched this Easter 2016 and has attracted much attention not only from the Castle’s visitors, but also from experts within the digital industry, who have awarded the Castle with their top prize, the ‘Spirit of Kent’ award. 

This award is handpicked by the Kent Digital Award team for going above and beyond the norm in the promotion and betterment of the county of Kent through their digital work. Through this award Leeds Castle is said to have excelled in attracting attention and interest into the county over a number of years through its digital work, in particular through its website which displays exemplary design, content and UX (user experience). Outstanding communication and information sharing on social media was also noted. 

Sir David Steel, CEO of Leeds Castle said, “I am delighted for the marketing team here at Leeds Castle and our web agency, Rogue Interactive, who worked extremely hard to meet our objective to redesign the website and present extensive amounts of information in a clear, engaging and accessible fashion. This award is testament to that hard work supported by a 20 per cent increase in page views year on year*. Social media, through Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, continues to grow as we engage with our digital audience to reflect the range of attractions and events at the Castle.” 

The Kent Digital Awards (KDA16) is the first and only scheme of its kind within the county and is now in its second year, following its great success since setting up in 2014. It is open to organisations from any industry that has business interests in Kent in order to recognise their online achievements. 

*(April-May 2016 vs April-May 2015).

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