Your Visit

Events take place in a marquee in the grounds of Charleston and last about an hour unless otherwise stated.


The marquee, bar and bookshop are all accessible to wheelchair users though please be aware that some surfaces may be slightly uneven. 

There are designated disabled parking spaces close to the marquee, which is known as the old car park. Those wishing to use these spaces should let us know in advance, so that we can let the car parking team know to expect you. 

There is a fully accessible toilet near to the step free entrance to the marquee in the old car park. 

An induction loop is fitted in the marquee.

For further information or assistance please call 01323 811626 or email


Run by City Books, the Charleston Festival bookshop stocks a wide range of related titles. Most events will be followed by a book signing session.

Charleston Shop:

Open throughout the Festival and stocking a varied range of Bloomsbury-inspired books, ceramics, textiles, jewellery, prints and gift ideas.

We can only accept payment by cash at in the Tea Tents.  There are no cash points on site, however, the Shop can offer cash back of up to £40 on purchases.  

Food & Drink:

For quick snacks, the Festival Bar will be serving drinks, sandwiches and a range of delicious cake. Sandwiches, salads and cake can be enjoyed in our two Tea Tents located in the Centenary Garden and Orchard. You are also more than welcome to bring your own picnic and enjoy in the designated picnic areas. 

This year hot food options are provided by local caterers Forgotten Cuts and La Maison. 

Forgotten Cuts is an ethical and sustainable street food company whose entire menu is gluten free. They only use meat sourced from local and naturally reared animals. They work closely with farmers and cook with the seasons. They use their own artisan marinades and slow roast/slow cook meat and vegetables to serve with punchy salads, pickles, rustic fries and fabulous sauces.  

La Maison is a family run barbeque company offering an excellent range of homemade, traditional oak log chargrill dishes.

The food areas will be open one hour before the start of the first event until the start of the last event. 

The Orchard Tea Tent will be open from 11am apart from Tuesday 22 May when it opens at 3pm.  The Orchard Tea Tent may be periodically closed to accommodate private events. 


If you have booked already you should have received by email your e-ticket for the Festival. No traditional paper tickets have been issued this year.

Please print your e-ticket at home, or have it to hand on your phone or tablet so that we can scan the barcode when you arrive.

If you are attending multiple events, or sharing tickets with friends, you can forward them a copy of the e-ticket via email, which they can either print out, or present the barcode to the Festival team on their mobile phone.  

Don’t worry, we will have staff on hand to assist with any ticket queries at the Festival Box Office.  

Read our Box Office FAQs for further information, or contact with any questions.

How to Find Charleston:

Cuckmere Community Bus run a shuttle service from Lewes train station direct to Charleston for all events.

Download the Charleston Festival 2018 Shuttle Bus Timetable

Services run regularly from London Victoria, Brighton and Eastbourne to Lewes station. Taxis are available at Lewes station or take the Charleston Festival Shuttle Bus service to Charleston from the station.

Charleston is halfway between Brighton and Eastbourne, only 6 miles east of Lewes, off the A27. 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.

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.

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House visits:

Wednesday to Sunday from 12pm to 5pm, last entry 4pm.

Special opening on Monday 21 (11.30am to 3pm) and Tuesday 22 May (4pm only) to coincide with Festival event timings.

Book in advance online to avoid disappointment.


For accommodation and other local information contact the Lewes Tourist Information Centre on 01273 483448 or visit the Stay Lewes website.

Green Travel

WALKING AND CYCLING: Walking and cycling maps to and around Charleston are available

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