Chiddingstone Castle set for country fair

Chiddingstone Castle in Kent will be holding its popular annual Country Fair on Sunday 10th September between 11am and 5pm.

The fair, which is set in the idyllic rural setting of Chiddingstone Castle with its beautiful grounds and lake, will celebrate the traditions of our countryside and the country sports associated with it. Almost all of the activities and displays are included within the affordable admission fee charged at the gates.

What's new this year?

New this year will be a giant ‘Tractor Ted’ bouncy castle tractor and slide for young children and lots of special ‘Tractor Ted’ branded activities.

Watch a display from the horses and hounds of the local Old Surrey Burstow & West Kent Hunt; see the elegant display of side-saddle riding; watch the working dogs and perhaps take part in the fun Exemption Dog Show which is open to all! This year there will also be a display of vintage tractors in the main event arena.

What's on throughout the day?

Try your hand at laser clay pigeon shooting in the area beside the Castle’s Victorian Orangery (additional charge).

Stroke the donkeys and gorgeous miniature Shetland ponies. Have a go at fly fishing on the Castle’s lake and watch a local farrier demonstrating a range of traditional skills.

The ever-popular terrier racing will also be returning so it is encouraged to bring your terriers!

The beer tent will be selling Larkin’s Ale, brewed in Chiddingstone, and refreshments can be purchased from a number of stalls selling home-produced food.

There will also be some fantastic shopping in the marquee with stalls selling local art, produce, antiques, vintage ware and pet products.

Stop off at the Castle’s Tea Tent for local wine, a glass of Pimm’s, tea, coffee, scones or a slice of homemade cake.

After a full days entertainment everyone will be invited to enter the great fun family giant wool sack race – a seasonal favourite!

Admission prices

There will be a charge on the gates of £5 for adults and £2 for children aged between 5 and 13 (under 5’s free). The Castle will be offering reduced admission throughout the day for visitors to enter the Castle itself to admire the fascinating collections of Japanese, Ancient Egyptian, Buddhist, Stuart and Egyptian artefacts acquired by the late antiquarian, Denys Eyre Bower.