The Charleston Trust, Charleston, Firle, Lewes, East Sussex BN8 6LL
Charleston: Nestled in the South Downs, Charleston was the country meeting place for the writers, painters and thinkers known as the Bloomsbury group. It is now considered to be one of the world’s best small museums. The house and garden will be open as normal during Small Wonder. Present a Small Wonder event ticket when booking a tour and receive a special concessionary rate. Click HERE for information on opening times and prices.
Events: Small Wonder main events are held in an atmospheric grade 2 listed barn. Events in the barn last just over an hour, unless otherwise stated, and will normally be followed by a book signing session.
Outsider Events: Our ‘Outsider’ programme of fringe events has been designed to complement the main festival programme and includes free, family-friendly events as well as workshops for adults. MORE
What to Bring: Due to the nature of the venue it can become slightly chilly, particularly for evening events, so warm clothing is recommended.
Book Shop/Author Signings: Run by City Books, Hove, and stocking a wide range of related book titles. Most speakers will be signing after their event.
Festival Bar & Charleston Café: A range of refreshments, including light lunches, warming soups, drinks and delicious cakes, will be available from the fully-licensed festival bar in the barn and also the main Charleston café. The bar will remain open until the end of the last event.
Charleston Shop: Open throughout the festival and stocking a wide range of Bloomsbury-inspired books, ceramics, textiles, jewellery, prints and gift ideas.
Charleston is halfway between Brighton and Eastbourne, only six miles east of Lewes, off the A27.
Minibus shuttle service: Our festival shuttle bus, runs to and from every event from Lewes train station right up to our front door. Tickets are FREE and can be exchanged for a free bottle of Harveys beer on arrival. With kind support from the South Downs National Park Authority’s Sustainable Transport Solutions Fund.
Shuttle Bus Timetables & Information (incl. connecting train times) available HERE
Rail: There are regular trains from London Victoria, Brighton and Eastbourne to Lewes. Visit www.nationalrail.co.uk. Taxis are available at Lewes station.
PLEASE NOTE: On Sunday 28 September, the train service from London to Lewes will operate a replacement bus service from Three Bridges to Lewes. Please allow for extra time on your journey
By car: Look out for signs along the A27. Allow some additional time for parking – access to Charleston is via a single lane farm road and traffic flow will be controlled at peak times. Car parking is free but can be a short distance from the festival venue, so practical footwear is advised. As on-site parking is limited visitors are encouraged to think green and car share where possible or consider using the minibus shuttle service.
Access: There are designated disabled parking spaces. The barn (including the box office, bar and bookshop) is accessible to wheelchair users, though some surfaces may be slightly uneven. An induction loop is fitted in the barn auditorium for the hard of hearing. For further information or to request specific assistance please contact 01323 811626 or email email@example.com
Local Information: For accommodation and other local information contact the Lewes Tourist Information Centre on 01273 483448.