The Circus of Curiosities at Chiddingstone Castle

The Circus of Curiosities at Chiddingstone Castle

The Orangery, Chiddingstone Castle

Sun 14 July 2.00pm-4.30pm

Standard Ticket £20.00

All Ticket Prices Below

Roll up, Roll Up for our very first circus extravaganza!

A joyous event with brilliant circus artists and a few curiosities to boot. The afternoon will feel like a mini festival, everyone (over 18months) needs a ticket which will give you entry to all the events including; Showoffs Circus School with workshops in all sorts of circus skills from juggling to flower sticks, Hands Down Circus’ performances of ‘Tape That’ a charming, light-hearted, non-verbal acrobatic duet and you can meet the animals at The Puppet Petting Farm. 

Showoffs Circus School

Experience the wonder and excitement of the circus brought to life with circus skills workshops taking place throughout the afternoon.

The Puppet Petting Farm

HandMade Theatre

A brand new interactive puppet show filled with fun animal characters and original live music.

Tape That

Hands Down Circus

Two performers construct a visual world using colourful tape, object manipulation and partner acrobatics. A simple roll of tape transforms from DJ decks to a spyglass and is stretched to create physical barriers and obstacles for the performers to navigate. Tape That is a playful exploration of the world we live in; when challenges present themselves, just how many problems can be fixed with a few rolls of duct tape?

Suitable for the whole family to enjoy. Bring your diablo (or other circus equipment) if you would like to go free-style!

All tickets, Including workshop£20
Joint Castle entry and circus ticketAdult £28
Child £23
Parking ticket£3

The Castle is open 11am-4.15pm so please visit before the event if you are planning to. You are welcome to picnic on the castle lawn and the tea room will be open with take away options
Glad to be working in partnership with The Tunbridge Wells Puppetry Festival

Chiddingstone Castle has been owned and lived in by an eclectic mix of people: the Streatfeild family, Lord Astor, military forces during WWII, Long Dene School and the collector Denys Eyre Bower. Denys was only a boy when he began collecting items. He started by collecting stamps, coins, and Stuart and Jacobite objects. His father collected Chinese porcelain and his grandfather collected art and antiques. Denys and his brother were particularly fascinated by the swords in their father’s collection. They discovered that the Japanese swords were the sharpest, and got into trouble for parading around the village with them. As he grew older this hobby turned into his lifelong passion. His extensive research and excellent eye led him into amassing a unique collection. 

Objects within the castle displays today include Japanese armour, articulated animals and of course some swords; Ancient Egyptian artefacts, including a mummified cat; Stuart & Jacobite papers, portraits, and memorabilia; and Buddhist statues and sacred images. Come and see his curiosities for yourself on your visit to Chiddingstone Castle and make a day of it. Add a Castle and Collections admission ticket to your purchase today for the discounted rate of £8 per adult and £3 per child. The Castle is open 11am to 5pm (last entry is at 4:15pm).