What's on: events
Join us this year as our events programme time travels back to 15th century and celebrate when Henry V became King in 1413. And our Maize Maze also returns! With a mini maze.
Combining medieval celebrations with traditional gaming, we have transformed past merrymaking into 21st century entertainment, bringing Penshurst Place to life with the joy of games through a series of events, activities and workshops.
To find out what is happening on a certain day, scroll down to the bottom of the page and you can use our What's on calendar. Just hover over the date and if the text is white, an event should appear.
If you would like to be notified about our events please join our mailing list - see right for sign up - and tick the Visitor Events your interests' box.
Most events are free to garden ticket holders - except where a house or separate ticket is mentioned and needs to be purchased, for example for the Craft Show and the Head Gardener's Tour.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org (office open 7 days a week during the season; 9am - 4pm at weekends and bank holidays).
May Holiday Fun
25 May - 2 June 2013
From 12 noon - 4pm. Jump into spring with our seasonal activities.
Discover more about a peasant’s life and create your own seed sorter and dial. Transform into a knight and label a suit of armour or become a noblewoman and create a peg doll. And after all that, colour in some medieval coins to pay your way around the kingdom of Penshurst.
A real Bushcraft Adventure
Sun 26 & Mon 27 May 2013
May Bank Holiday 12 noon – 4pm. Have a woodland Bushcraft adventure with The Bushcraft Company this weekend.
Find out more about the ancient bushcraft skills and how to have the ultimate wilderness experience. Location TBC, within the ticketed area of Penshurst Place.
Penshurst Farmers' Market
1st Saturday of the month
9.30am - 12noon on 1st Saturday of the month. Held outside the main visitor entrance to Penshurst Place. Free car parking in Penshurst Place visitor car park. Penshurst Gift Shop open from 9.30am.
A Times Newspaper Top 10 farmers’ market. With over 25 stalls offering fish, seafood, meat and game; fruit and vegetables; bread, cheese, chutney and jam; beer, fruit juice and more with seasonal promotions.
Glorious Gardens Week
Mon 3 - Sun 9 June 2013
10.30am - 6pm Visit the gardens when the stunning 100 metre peony border should be out in bloom.
Join our Head Gardener on a tour - see separate entry for further details. And come to the RHS Committee event with a talk from Fergus Garrett from Great Dixter - event free. See below for more details.
RHS Herbaceous Committee & Top speaker
Wednesday 5th June from 2pm
Come and meet the Royal Horticultural Society Herbaceous Plant Committee and find out more from the experts about your herbaceous plants.
Free event - with talk from Fergus Garrett Head Gardener from Great Dixter. Talk at 2.10pm – 2.40pm and opportunities to meet with the expert committee members afterwards. Do arrive in good time as places limited - and please note the event may be up a series of stairs.
Head Gardener's Tour
Saturday 8 June 2013
From 2-4.30pm. Enjoy a private tour with our Head Gardener and find out more about his plans for the gardens. Followed by a delicious afternoon cream tea. Tickets £18.50 per person. Perfect gift idea!
SORRY - TICKETS HAVE NOW SOLD OUT FOR THIS EVENT.
Sunday 16 June 2013
From 12 noon - 4pm. Join us at Penshurst Place & Gardens on Father's Day and step back into the middle ages.
The Hands on History team will be setting up at Penshurst Place, where visitors will be able to fire mini crossbows, join in with the tug of war competition and also take part in medieval leather making workshops. There will also be our children’s craft activity workshops where you can play a game of Dad's Dominoes.
Summer Music in the Hall
Sunday 7 July 2013 at 7.30pm
Primavera Chamber Ensemble perform:
Mozart: Piano Quartet in G minor
Brahms: Horn Trio
Schumann: Piano Quintet
In the medieval Baron's Hall. Tickets £25 include interval drinks. By post from Primavera Trust, Bumbles, The Lees, Boughton Aluph TN25 4HX 01233 622971. Please make cheques payable to Primavera Trust and enclose sae www.primavera-ensemble.co.uk.
Garden Season Ticket Holders' Evening
Thursday 11 July 2013
An invitation for our individual garden season ticket holders to the annual evening garden party, hosted by Viscount & Viscountess De L’Isle.
Followed by an informal garden tour with our Head Gardener. Please RSVP, with your membership number, by 24th June if you wish to attend to Lesley Headdon at email@example.com or call 01892 870307.
Maize Maze open
20 July - 2 September 2013
Come and have fun in a field of maize this summer! AMAZing maze entertainment for all the family!
- Open daily up to and including Monday 2nd September
- Open all three days of Craft Show weekend – Friday 6 Sunday 8 September
Open from 10.30am - last entry 5pm or an hour before closing. For full opening times and prices go to www.penshurstplace.com/maizemaze.