World Book Day fun at Scotney Castle

We're taking part in World Book Day 2020 here at Scotney Castle. Come along to join in the fun and don't forget to bring your token. You can exchange it for a free book from the great selection of World Book Day titles in our shop.

We're looking forward to celebrating World Book Day this March with a weekend of fun to be had for all. Come along over the weekend of the 7-8 March when you can exchange your token in our shop for one of the World Book Day titles, or put your £1 token towards any book from our shop.

Dress the part

Why not come dressed as your favourite book character? We'd love to see Harry Potter, Pippy Longstocking, the stickman or Gangsta Granny coming in though the door! You can test the literary knowledge of our team around the property to see if they know who you are.

Come dressed up as your favourite book character on World Book Day weekend
A young girl dressed as a witch for World Book Day
Come dressed up as your favourite book character on World Book Day weekend

Take part in a fun trail

We're also running a couple of trails to take part in too. You can choose from the puffin hide and seek trail or test your beastie knowledge with our animal facts quiz. Just ask for a trail sheet when you arrive at Visitor Reception then see if you can complete the trails.

World Book Day 2019 children's puffin trail
World Book Day 2019 children's puffin trail graphic
World Book Day 2019 children's puffin trail

Browse Betsy's secondhand book shop

If reading is one of your favourite past-times, then why not take a walk to our secondhand book shop? We've a selection of children books, from fiction to fact, plus a good selection of adult titles for you to take home with you in exchange for a small donation. 

Browse the shelves in the bookshop at Scotney Castle
Browse the shelves in the bookshop
Browse the shelves in the bookshop at Scotney Castle

If you have any children's books you no longer read that you would be willing to donate to Scotney Castle, we would be very pleased to receive them. All the money we raise from our secondhand bookshop is used for conservation work here across the whole site, so all donations are gratefully received. You can drop a bag off to the team at visitor reception whenever you visit.

Visit the house to see historic books

Christopher and Betty Hussey loved to read as you can tell by the books dotted around the house. Christopher's study contains mainly the books relating to his work, including his own published books and ones on architecture and gardens. The library is typical of a country house with many encyclopedias, reference books and poetry, covering a broad range of subjects with something that would appeal to everyone. 

A selection of books on display at Scotney Castle
A selection of books at Scotney Castle
A selection of books on display at Scotney Castle

Betty also liked to have a selection of books for her guests in every bedroom. She would include a range of subjects and non-fiction titles, so every overnight guest would be able to find something of interest to read during their stay.

Her own personal collection of books are in the upstairs Drawing Room. These are more modern gardening and plant books, as well as gifts from local people, such as Vita Sackville-West from Sissinghurst.

Stop by the tearoom for refreshments

If all those activities have left you in need of refreshments, then our welcoming tearoom is well worth a visit. There are children's lunchboxes to choose from, sandwiches, soups, stews, jacket potatoes and main meals to choose from, as well as a wide selection of cakes and biscuits plus freshly-baked scones.

Stop by the tearoom for refreshments
Child and parent in the tearoom
Stop by the tearoom for refreshments

So come along and join in the World Book Day fun over the weekend of the 7-8 March. You can also enjoy a walk around the garden, spotting the first few signs of spring as we move between the seasons.