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 accessible 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.

Food & Drink:

This year, all food will be served in our newly restored Barns. Salads and cake can be enjoyed in our Threshing Barn Cafe. For quick snacks, the Festival Bar will be serving drinks, savouries and a range of delicious cake. 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.

Hot food options:

From Thursday 23 to Monday 27
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.

Throughout the Festival (EXCEPT Sat 18 and Sun 19)
Pizza Leonati aims to produce the finest Neapolitan Pizzas for Vegan, Vegetarian, Gluten Free and Carnivorian diets, using separate prep areas and utensils to avoid cross-contamination. They source fresh ingredients from local farmers’ markets and use artisan style dough for their bases.


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. Timetable available here.

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 27 and Tuesday 21 May to coincide with Festival event timings.

Book in advance online to avoid disappointment.









Kent and Sussex Cottages

Kent and Sussex Cottages are one of the South East’s longest running agencies providing over 300 quality self-catering cottages in these picturesque counties. We are a family run company with over 30 years’ experience with a friendly, knowledgeable, local team who are on hand to make booking and staying in our cottages a pleasurable experience.

We are delighted to offer Charleston members and festival goers a 10% discount on all of our properties on holidays taken in 2019. Quote KScharleston19 when booking online or over the phone to redeem this discount.

For other accommodation and 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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Learn the processes of woodcut printmaking, with tutor Helen Brown, from design to carving, inking to printing. More

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Enter a labyrinth of colour, light and music at Charleston this summer! Explore countless interlinked rainbow chambers with extraordinary light and colour experiences.

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