Events: All events last just over an hour, unless otherwise stated, and take place in a traditional marquee in the grounds of Charleston farmhouse.
What to Bring: Come prepared for the vagaries of a typical English summer’s day – a sun hat for shade, an umbrella for showers and a cardigan to keep evening chills away. Due to the rural nature of the festival site, practical footwear is recommended.
Book Shop/Author Signings: Run by City Books, and stocking a wide range of related book titles. Most speakers will be signing after their event.
Charleston Shop: Open throughout the festival and stocking a wide range of Bloomsbury-inspired books, ceramics, textiles, jewellery, prints and gift ideas.
Festival Tea Tent: Situated in the Charleston orchard and serving a selection of freshly prepared salads and light meals. Open one hour before the first event until the start of the last event.
Festival Bar: Situated within the main marquee. Open one hour before the first event until the end of the last event:
Picnics: There are many nice spots to picnic at Charleston but we politely request that furniture and baskets should not be left unattended. The tea-tent area is not available for picnics.
Festival Yurt: Tucked behind the main site; our luxurious yurt will be available for moments of relaxation and reflection between events. Kindly supplied by sshh… www.sshh.uk.com 01273 359099
Charleston is halfway between Brighton and Eastbourne, 6 miles east of Lewes, off the A27
The Charleston Trust, Charleston, Firle, Lewes, East Sussex BN8 6LL
Give Yourself Plenty of Time! Access to Charleston is via a single lane farm road and traffic flow will be controlled at peak times. We recommend that you arrive on site at least 30 minutes before the event start time.
Minibus shuttle service: Cuckmere Community Bus will operate a shuttle service from Lewes train station direct to our door for all events. Timetables and Fares HERE.
Rail: Services run regularly from London Victoria to Lewes station. For train time information please call National Rail Enquiries on 08457 484950 or visit www.nationalrail.co.uk. Taxis are available at Lewes station.
By road: Look out for signs along the A27 and allow some additional time for parking. Car parking is free but can be a short distance from the festival site in fields, farmyards and buildings. On-site parking is limited so 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 marquee, bar and bookshop are accessible to wheelchair users though some surfaces may be slightly uneven. The tea tent is in an orchard with no footpath. An induction loop is fitted in the marquee for the hard of hearing. For further information and assistance please call 01323 811 626.
Local Information: For accommodation and other local information contact the Lewes Tourist Information Centre on 01273 483448.