Carnival of History

Join us for the incredible ‘Carnival of History’ in partnership with Arts Council funding, to celebrate our 900th anniversary!

Using large-scale costumes re-enactors will travel through nine centuries of the Castle’s history across two days. Local communities will come together to bring this spectacular event to life.

Witness extraordinary shows which will reimagine medieval battles, Henry VIII on his way to the Field of Cloth of Gold in 1520, the Battle of Maidstone in 1648 and many other historic events of the Castle’s fascinating history.

The Carnival will be brought to life by collaborations with Shademakers UK and leading professional street arts performers, alongside acclaimed national professional arts companies, community participants, dancers, band, volunteers and re-enactors, to create a vibrant and exciting procession through the grounds.

The Leeds Castle Foundation aims to give something back to local communities with the Carnival of History as local artists will be equipped with new skills in creating the costumes. The event will also provide a public platform for local people already involved in creative activities to showcase their talents. Come and join the procession, which will wind its way from the Castle Island, around the estate to culminate in an impressive finale set against the stunning backdrop of ‘the loveliest Castle in the world’.

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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 influential and famous; and in the 21st century, it has become one of the most visited historic buildings in Britain.

Leeds Castle
Maidstone ME17 1PL, UK


Jul 27 2019 - Jul 28 2019


10:00 am - 4:00 pm


Leeds Castle
Maidstone ME17 1PL, UK

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