Established in 2016, the annual Chiddingstone Castle Literary Festival is set in the glorious house and grounds of Chiddingstone Castle in the National Trust village of Chiddingstone, West Kent. The festival is one of only twelve Literary Festivals in Baillie Gifford’s Sponsorship Portfolio which includes Hay, Edinburgh, Cheltenham and Henley Book Festivals.
Under the guidance of Festival Director, Victoria Henderson, the event is growing in stature each year. The event takes place over the first Bank Holiday in May and is carefully curated to ensure there is something for all ages and interests.
The 2020 festival coincides with the 75th Anniversary of VE Day on Friday 8th May, so there will be WWII events to celebrate and commemorate this special day including 1940s songs, Lindy Hop and Jive performances, the sounding of the Last Post and WWII historian Andrew Roberts talking about Churchill and acclaimed author of War Horse Michael Morpurgo on the importance of writing about war for children, along with authors Lucy Strange and Anna Fargher whose books are also set in WWII.
When? – May Bank Holiday weekend 7th-10th May, 2020
Where? Chiddingstone Castle, Chiddingstone, West Kent
Who? 2020 – Joanna Trollope, Michael Morpurgo, Peter James, Andrew Roberts, Neil MacGregor, Alexandra Shulman, Tom Holland, John Sutherland, Sue Stuart-Smith, Paul Conroy, William Sieghart,Maggie O’Farrell, Piers Torday, Michelle Paver, Onjali Rauf and many more.
The line-up so far includes renowned War Horse author Michael Morpurgo who leads our family day on Bank Holiday Friday, along with workshops from festival favourites Aardman Animations and musical performances by Pericles Theatre Company, both back by popular demand.
Joanna Trollope explores the issues at the heart of a modern family with her trademark wit and warmth, in Mum & Dad.
Maggie O’Farrell, the awarding-winning novelist, joins us to talk about her latest book, Hamnet, based on the true story of Shakespeare’s son who died aged 11.
Ex-Editor-in-Chief of UK Vogue, Alexandra Shulman shares insights from her book Clothes and Other Things That Matter.
Best-selling historians Tom Holland and Andrew Roberts discuss their latest books, Dominion and Churchill: Walking With Destiny respectively.
Twitter? @Chidd_Castle @Chiddlitfest
Facebook? Chiddingstone Castle
Festival Director? Victoria Henderson
Tickets 2020? Pre-registered guests and Friends of the Festival can browse the programme and plan their visit from 8 March with priority booking starting on 15 March: https://www.chiddingstonecastle.org.uk/literary_festival/
General release of tickets begins on 20 March. Ticket prices: individual adult tickets £14.00, children (aged 3-13 inclusive) £7.00, infants aged under 3 free. 15% discount applies on purchases of 5 tickets and more in a single transaction. Workshop tickets vary in price, see booking page for details.
To pre-register for priority booking please visit: https://register.liveit.io/chiddingstone-castle-literary-festival/register/chiddingstone-castle-literary-festival-2020
Who has appeared at past festivals? Antony Beevor, Terry Waite, Rev Richard Coles, Joanne Harris, Ian Rankin, Kate Mosse, Artemis Cooper, Anne Sebba, Alison Weir, Tracy Borman, Evan Davis, Adam Kay, Chris Riddell, Lauren Child, Cressida Cowell, Sir Anthony Seldon, Hunter Davies, Nick Crane and many more…