On Saturday 27th and Sunday 28th July, thousands of visitors flocked to Leeds Castle from across Kent to celebrate its 900th anniversary with the Carnival of History.
Visitors were treated to a whole weekend of family friendly activities including authentic re-enactment shows, pop-up music performances, large-scale costumes and a spectacular riot of colour and celebration.
For the first time, 900 years of history came to life with nine centuries of professional performers, artists, dancers and community groups processing through the estate and culminating in a grand finale with tightrope walkers and daytime fireworks. Never before has the historic Castle seen such diversity represented through the various participants who came together to celebrate this landmark anniversary.
The 900 years has already been marked with a limited edition gin, a time capsule, a specially-commissioned tribute premiered at the Classical Concert and the opening of The Knights’ Stronghold Playground and an adventure golf course.
Chief Executive Sir David Steel expressed his joy over the success of the Carnival of History with “Two years ago, we decided that we should have an event that was unique to mark the 900th anniversary of Leeds Castle. My only stipulation was the widest possible community engagement. This weekend Leeds Castle delivered an event which went well beyond my wildest expectations. This weekend, Leeds Castle celebrated 900 years in a style that I think will be remembered by everyone who came for a very long time to come. So many people were involved in making it a very special weekend and I could not be more grateful to everyone for entering the spirit of the occasion and, in some cases, wearing the most wonderful period costumes.”