Design Month at Leeds Castle showcases the landscape and interiors of the historic estate with talks, tours and workshops

Discover the design secrets behind one of the county’s most beloved castles with workshops, tours and exhibits.

Design Month, taking place at Leeds Castle near Maidstone in September, will give visitors the chance to discover how this stunning country retreat came to be, from the sprawling parklands to the intricate interiors.

The landscaped gardens and magnificent interiors of Leeds Castle will be on full display during Design Month. Photo: Thomas Alexander

During the first half of the month, from Thursday 1 September to Friday 16 September, the focus will be on the landscape of Leeds Castle.

Visitors can explore the gardens, grounds and exterior architecture of the castle with walks through the gardens, beautiful flower displays and fascinating facts about how the surroundings complement the architectural design of the castle and moat.

There will be a tour of the historic gardens and landscape on selected dates during the first half of the month, as well as perfume, photography and wickerwork workshops.

Leeds Castle is one of Kent's best-known historical attractions.  Image: Leeds Castle
Leeds Castle is one of Kent’s best-known historical attractions. Image: Leeds Castle

During the second half of the month, from Saturday September 17 to Sunday October 2, the focus will be on the interior of the castle where interiors and textiles will be showcased.

The recent introduction of the castle’s 1930s theme will give visitors the opportunity to step into a glamorous period where art, fashion and design were at the forefront. There will be unique French interiors, luxurious bedrooms and a glimpse of its Gothic influences.

Leeds Castle introduced its new 1930s theme earlier this year, which will mainly be shown during the second half of the month.  Photo: Matthew Walker
Leeds Castle introduced its new 1930s theme earlier this year, which will mainly be shown during the second half of the month. Photo: Matthew Walker

The second half of the month of design offers floral and bookbinding workshops, as well as many conferences on the aesthetic history of the castle.

The Sculpture Trail, which sees themed sculptures dotted around the grounds, will be open throughout the month.

The sculpture trail, which proved popular last year, returns for Design Month in September.  Photo: Matthew Walker
The sculpture trail, which proved popular last year, returns for Design Month in September. Photo: Matthew Walker

Those visiting Leeds Castle during Design Month can also explore the Queens with Means cinematic experience, which tells the stories of the castle’s seven historic queens, and watch impressive falconry shows in the grounds.

Design Month at Leeds Castle takes place from Thursday 1 September to Sunday 2 October.

Exhibits are included with a standard admission ticket, but some workshops and tours must be purchased separately. Learn more here.

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