What's on: events

Join us for our ‘Sir and Soldier’ season in 2014 to commemorate the WW1 centenary with war themed activities, events and workshops, there is something for everyone.

If you would like to be notified about our events please join our mailing list and tick 'Visitor Events' in your interests box.

Most events are included in the admission prices except where stated.

Though we endeavour to run all the events as we have planned, this may be affected by unforeseen circumstances or adverse weather conditions. Please do contact us before visiting to avoid disappointment - call 01892 870307 or email contactus@penshurstplace.com (office open 7 days a week during the season; 9am - 4pm at weekends and bank holidays).



Penshurst Farmers Market

1st Saturday of every month

9.30am - 12noon

The Times named Penshurst Farmers' Market in its list of top ten markets in the UK, with over 40 stalls offering the best local food and drink. Set in the car park of Penshurst Place, the market is on every month with a special Christmas market in December.


Easter Holiday Fun

5th - 21st April

Trail 10.30am - dusk
Crafts 12noon - 4pm

Pigeons played an important part in WW1 as they proved to be an extremely reliable way of sending messages. Take part in our Easter carrier pigeon egg trail and reveal the hidden message. Plus visit our Education Room from 12 noon to create your very own carrier pigeon, soldier bonnet or Easter colouring activities.


Easter Storytelling

20th - 21st April

2pm, 2.45pm & 3.30pm

Gather around our medieval buttery and enjoy storytelling from Aardvark Productions. Hear the story of Cher Ami, a WW1 carrier pigeon and her friends.


Weald of Kent Craft & Design Show

3rd - 5th May

9.30am – 5pm

Find unusual handmade crafts for the home and garden not usually found on the high street, with over 200 artists from all over the UK. Organised by ICHF Events. Combined ticket to the Craft Show and Penshurst Place available in advance.

Tickets www.ichfevents.co.uk


May Bank Holiday Fun

4th – 5th May

Activities 11am – 5pm
Crafts 12noon – 4pm

With sessions every hour on the hour with The Bushcraft Company, transform into a WW1 soldier and learn fire lighting, shelter building and scavenger hunting. With craft activities from 12 noon.


Spring Songs in the Baron's Hall

24th May

2pm - 2.30pm & 3pm - 3.30pm

Visit the Baron’s Hall to listen to the A Capella ladies’ choir from the nearby town of Edenbridge.  From its modest beginnings, singing for family services at the Parish Church, it has evolved into a vocal harmony group, performing at local festivals and weddings, with a wide-ranging repertoire, often themed to suit the event. They will be singing a selection of Spring songs for visitors to enjoy.


Spring Holiday Fun

24th May - 1st June

Activities 11am - 5pm
Crafts 12noon - 4pm

Step into Spring with our craft activities. And on bank holiday 25th & 26th May try WW1 paintballing, or dress up in WW1 uniforms and have your family photo taken with the Hands on History Team.

WW1 Paintballing £2.50 per 12 balls, pay on the day


Glorious Gardens Week

1st - 8th June

10.30am - 6pm

Visit the gardens when the stunning 100 metre peony border should be in bloom and enjoy our gardening related events detailed below.


Head Gardener's Tour

1st & 8th June


Enjoy a tour with our Head Gardener and find out more about his plans for the gardens. Followed by a delicious afternoon cream tea. Available on Sunday 1st & Sunday 8th June.

Tickets £20, pre-booking necessary - visit our tickets page to book.


Floristry Demonstration

2nd June


Join Sarah Bateup, the Commercial Florist at Hadlow College, for a floristry demonstration in our gardens. No need to book, plenty of space for all in this 'open-air' event.

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