Festival of Craft & Design


Leeds Castle, Broomfield, Maidstone, Kent, ME17 1PL

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The Festival of Craft & Design at Leeds Castle promises to be an exciting event, showcasing the best of Leeds Castle’s interiors, architecture, gardens, textiles and more. The festival will offer a range of talks, tours and workshops that explore the unique history, art and design, and provide a rare opportunity to see behind the scenes of this historic landmark.

The festival will also include a new floral experience within the Castle, which will allow visitors to explore the art of flower arranging and witness a magnificent never-seen-before surprise hosted in the Castle’s Tudor Courtyard.  

Throughout the month, we encourage you to participate in photography competitions which offer you another opportunity to engage with the Castle’s unique history and design. Capture the Castle’s beauty in stunning pictures that we can share online and enjoy for years to come.

Something for everyone

Whether you’re a history buff, an art enthusiast, or simply looking for a great day out with family and friends, the Festival of Craft & Design at Leeds Castle is not to be missed. With so many exciting activities, experiences and events to look forward to, there’s something for everyone to enjoy and explore at this truly unique venue.

The majority of the Festival of Craft & Design is included with your admission ticket, with the exception of some workshops which are an additional charge and must be pre-booked.

Sublime Sculpture Safari Trail - 26th August to 8th October

Leeds Castle’s Sublime Sculpture Trail Safari is one of the highlights of the wider Festival of Craft and Design. This year’s theme for the event is animals and their habitats, with a stunning range of sculptures made from different materials placed throughout the Castle grounds for the public to enjoy.

Artisan Food Fair  - 8th to 10th September

The Cedar Lawn will be transformed into a bustling fair. with artisan makers, street food sellers, a range of workshops, garden games and a bandstand. 

Floral Experience in the Courtyard - 1st - 30th September

As part of the sublime  Sculpture safari, a new breathtaking  floral display set inside the castle's courtyard.

Included with admission throughout the Month:

Pop Up Talks from Leeds Castle's Gardeners 

Interiors and Fashion Talks 

Creative Demonstrations

Specialist Creative Workshops: (additional cost)- Booking required

Create Your Own Perfume Workshop - 12th September 

Create your Own Wicker Willow Animal Workshop - 19th September

Design your own Table Display Floral Workshop - 26th September

Book Tickets

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Opening Times

Festival of Craft and Design (1 Sept 2023 - 30 Sept 2023)


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Leeds Castle early morning sunrise.Leeds Castle, MaidstoneSet in 500 acres of Kentish parkland, Leeds Castle has been a Norman stronghold; the private property of six of England’s medieval queens; a palace used by Henry VIII and his first wife Catherine of Aragon; a Jacobean country house; a Georgian mansion; an elegant early 20th century retreat for the…

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