The Wind in the Willows

Vintage Verse presents

The Wind in the Willows

Adapted from the book by Kenneth Grahame

Performed by Mat Jones

Sun 18 Aug 2pm Chiddingstone Castle

Standard Ticket £14

All Ticket Prices Below

Join us for a whirlwind ride through the seasons as Ratty, Mole and Badger follow the impulsive Toad on his hapless misadventures in this exquisite ‘low-tech’ show.

Bringing the era back to life from the excitement and energy of the dawn of the motor car to the serene beauty of an easy river-side existence, this roisterous one-man show uses only the author’s original words to tell the story afresh.

Based on the bedtime stories that Kenneth Grahame imagined for his son Alexander, The Wind in the Willows was first published in 1908 and soon became a firm favourite of children and adults alike. This lively, engaging and ebullient one-man performance  comes from Mat’s own condensed version of the original 1908 text, not adapted or reworded, just a little snip here and there.

Suitable for all ages.

90 mins (with interval)

All Open-Air Tickets £14.00
Joint Theatre and Castle exhibition entry
Joint Theatre and Castle exhibition entry
Parking Ticket£3.00

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).