Plan Your Visit

This year’s Charleston Festival takes place from 15 to 25 May. Throughout the festival, Charleston is open daily from 10:00am until late. 

Duncan Grant’s studio at Charleston © Electric Egg

HOUSE TOURS

Make the most of your Charleston Festival experience by taking a house tour. Times and availability are limited so we recommended booking online in advance. 

FOOD AND DRINK

This year, food will be served in the Hay Barn. For quick snacks, the Festival Bar will be serving drinks, savouries and a range of delicious cake. A variety of pop-up food stalls will be available in the barnyard. You are also very welcome to bring your own picnic to enjoy in the designated picnic areas. Food areas will be open one hour before the start of the first event until the start of the last event. 

BOOKSHOP AND SHOPPING

Run by City Books, the Charleston Festival bookshop stocks a wide range of books by featured speakers. Most events will be followed by a book-signing session.

The Charleston shop is open throughout the Festival and stocks a varied range of Bloomsbury-inspired books, ceramics, textiles, jewellery, prints and gift ideas.

GETTING HERE

Charleston is halfway between Brighton and Eastbourne, only six miles east of Lewes, off the A27. 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 you arrive at least 30 minutes before each event.

Minibus shuttle service: Cuckmere Community Bus run a shuttle service from Lewes railway station direct to Charleston for all festival events. Timetables and fares to be confirmed.

Rail: services run regularly from London Victoria, Brighton and Eastbourne to Lewes. Taxis are available at Lewes station.

By road: look out for signs along the A27. Car parking is in adjacent fields so practical footwear is recommended. As on-site parking is limited, please consider car sharing or using the minibus shuttle service.

Local information: for accommodation and other information, please contact the Lewes Tourist Information Centre.

What's on

A Life with Lucian Charleston Festival Event Image 16 May
A Life with Lucian

Celia Paul and William Feaver reflect on their memories of Lucian Freud and what it means to live an artist’s life.

Adjoa Andoh Charleston Festival Event Image 17 May
Anne Brontë: 200 Years

To mark the 200th anniversary of Anne Brontë’s birth, celebrate her work with conversation and live readings.

Maggi Hambling Charleston Festival Event Image 20 May
Generations

Maggi Hambling reflects on art across the generations in light of her late father Harry Hambling, a self-taught watercolour painter.

Bernardine Evaristo Charleston Festival Event Image 22 May
Breaking Ground

Bernardine Evaristo and Mike McCormack discuss experimental writing, breaking tradition and letting content dictate form.


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