Your Visit

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


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:

For a quick snack, visit the Festival Bar will be serving drinks, sandwiches and cake.  More substantial fayre can be found in the Charleston Barn Cafe as well as hot food options provided by external caterers. 


There are designated disabled parking spaces. The marquee, bar and bookshop are accessible to wheelchair users though some surfaces may be slightly uneven. An induction loop is fitted in the marquee. For further information or assistance please call 01323 811626 or email

How to Find Charleston:

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

A Shuttle Bus timetable will be available to download in March.

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. 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

What's on

Young Bohemians Workshop 04 Mar
Art Activities for Children

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Papercutting workshop with Su Blackwell

Learn how to make an exquisite concertina card, which could be given as a gift, or framed and treasured forever.

27 Mar
Woodcut Printmaking Workshop with Helen Brown

Learn the processes of woodcut printmaking, with tutor Helen Brown, from design to carving, inking to printing.

18 May - 28 May
Charleston Festival 2018

Now in its 29th year, the Charleston Festival brings together a remarkable cast of writers, thinkers, More

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