Centenary Celebrations

1916-2016: Charleston celebrates its Centenary

Sunday 16 October 2016 marks the centenary of the arrival at Charleston of Vanessa Bell, Duncan Grant and David ‘Bunny’ Garnett. Their arrival to the background as conscientious objectors in World War 1 saw the creation of Charleston as the country home of the Bloomsbury group and a legacy of art, literature and freedom of thought that is as relative today as it has been over the last 100 years.

To celebrate this landmark at Charleston, there are several activities and programmes planned over the centenary weekend and into the centenary year.

Saturday 15 OctoberThe Tribunal: Your Country or Your Conscience?

4pm:  Tickets £10/£8 (concessions).  Suitable for ages 12+ Tickets on sale via EventBrite.

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Sun 16 October (1-5pm):  Charleston at 100 – special day of ‘sneaky peaks’ and ‘extra treats’ that explore the rich history of the House and its inhabitants.

  • House:  Open access to ‘the Kitchen’ and ‘the Attic’ usually unavailable to visitors.   Attic visitors will have the added benefit seeing some objects from the Angelica Garnett Gift.  Book here for House entry.
  • Paddock Spotlight Talks: a series of free short talks exploring a range of Bloomsbury themes
  • Pottery:  Drop in art activity, free for all ages
  • Café:  Special menu inspired by the Charleston Garden and The Bloomsbury Cookbook.

House and Garden, Extended season opening

  • We will stay open an extra week until Sunday 6 November.  November opening Wednesday to Sunday, 12pm-4pm; Shop/Café 11am-4pm.
  • Special Centenary Extended House tour on Wednesday to Saturday in October and November – limited availability
  • Special ‘Charleston Covered’ weekend of 3 and 4 December. Find out what happens when we close our doors at the end of the season.  A rare opportunity to see the ground floor of Charleston ‘covered up’ as the House is put to bed for the winter.
  • Weekend Shop Openings:  Shop open weekends until 18 December featuring a new Centenary Shop collection.
  • For the final month of the 2016 season visitors to the house will have the opportunity to see 4 new additions to the Charleston collection. The paintings, by Vanessa Bell, Duncan Grant and Roger Fry, have all been left to the Trust in this, its centenary year.
  • Charleston in 100 Objects: Every Wednesday for 100 weeks our Head of Collections, Dr Darren Clarke will highlight an object at Charleston in a new blog. Each post reveals another aspect of Charleston and Bloomsbury history. Online from Wednesday 12 October.

Advance booking is recommended for all Hours Tours during October and November – Book Here

Creative Workshops and Events

Charleston offers a range of workshops and masterclasses bursting with inspiration, providing an opportunity to develop artistic skills that draw from the rich patchwork of Bloomsbury heritage. Whether you wish to paint, stitch, craft or sculpt, our programme provides a diverse range of workshops for all interests and abilities.


What's On: October

Mon 24: Young Bohemians: Workshop (Papier Mâché Portraits) - £35 (£30 Friends)

What's On: January

Sun 15: Create a Visual Diary - £90 (£80 Friends)

What's On: November

Mon 7:  Paper Sculpture and Light - £100 (£90 Friends)

NOW SOLD OUT email m.perkins@charleston.org.uk to be added to waiting list

Tue 8: Painted Furniture Masterclass - £100 (£90 Friends)

Thu 17: Introduction to Weaving - £90 (£80 Friends)

Mon 21: Stained Glass - £110 (£100 Friends)

NOW SOLD OUT email m.perkins@charleston.org.uk to be added to waiting list

Mon 28: Woodcut Christmas Cards - £90 (£80 Friends)

What's On: February

Feb 6: Art and Perfumery - £110 (£100 Friends)

What's On: December

Mon 5: Christmas Wreaths - £100 (£90 Friends)

Mon 12: Handcrafted Christmas Tree Fairies - £100 (£90 Friends)


How to Book

(You can also download our online booking guide here)

1. Go to our Box Office to view all our events, or scroll down to our calendar and choose a programme.

2. Click 'Buy Now' or on the event name. You will then be brought to a descriptive page that highlights all the event's details.

3. Select how many tickets you want and click 'Next'

4. Complete the checkout form and provide your payment details.

5. Our system will then automatically send out a email e-receipt (ticket) for you to download, print-out and bring to your 'What's On' event.

6. For support, please call 01323 811626

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