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Summer of Play at Sissinghurst Castle Garden

Join us for a Summer of Play at Sissinghurst Castle Garden with an Elizabethan twist.

  • Booking not needed
  • Free event (admission applies)

Dive into Summer of Play at Sissinghurst Castle Garden.

Explore a range of lawn games on the plain including archery, hobby horses, skittles and hoopla. Roll "cannonballs" to attack the wooden castle and wave ribbons in victory.

Get creative in the Oast Exhibition Space with different craft activities over the course of the summer including making your own Fox and Geese game boards (20th July - 4th August), drawing a self-portrait inspired by the garden (5th August - 18th August), and creating designs based on graffiti left by prisoners at Sissinghurst during the Seven Years War (19th August - 1st September).

Meanwhile, in the Vegetable Garden, toss bean bags through pest-shaped holes to save the vegetables from being eaten.

Summer of Play is sponsored by Starling Bank.

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Prices

Event ticket prices

This event is free, but normal admission charges apply for the venue.

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The basics

Meeting point

Go to Visitor Reception upon arrival to scan your membership cards, pay for entry and find our more about our Summer of Play offer

What to bring and wear

All activities are outdoors so please dress appropriately for the weather

Accessibility

There is step free access for the activities located on the plain and vegetable garden. The activities in the Oast Exhibition Space are located upstairs in the building.

Contact info

Sissinghurst Castle Garden

Upcoming events

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Radical Relationships: A new display (1 June 2024 - 30 March 2025) 

Explore how Vita, Harold and their inner creative circle did not fit with early 20th century societal norms of gender and sexuality. A new display told through the books in Vita and Harold's collection. Opening Saturday 1 June.

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22 Jul 2024 to 30 Mar 2025
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11:00 to 17:00
+ 249 other dates or times
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Meet the Sissinghurst Scholars 

More dates added. Meet the Sissinghurst Scholars, offering a rare opportunity to engage with team members of one of England's most iconic gardens.

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24 Jul to 11 Dec 2024
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14:00 to 15:00
+ 8 other dates or times
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Gardening Bohemia: Bloomsbury Women Outdoors at the Garden Museum 

The Sissinghurst Series presents Garden Museum curator Emma House on the gardening of Vita Sackville-West, in connection with their current exhibition 'Gardening Bohemia: Bloomsbury Women Outdoors'.

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29 Aug 2024
at
14:00 to 15:00
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Dave Goulson: Garden Rewilding 

The Sissinghurst Series presents leading researcher Dave Goulson for a talk and Q&A on the topic of 'bioabundance' and how to tackle its decline through gardening.

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6 Sep 2024
at
14:30 to 16:00