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Your Visit to Small Wonder

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


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

Charleston Shop:

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

Food & Drink:

Drinks, sandwiches, soup and snacks can be purchased from the Wonder Bar in the Small Wonder marquee. On the weekend, The Gumbo Pot will be serving delicious New Orleans stew and scrumptious cakes, drinks and sandwiches are available at the Charleston Café and The Nook.


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 Small Wonder at Charleston:

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

Click here to download the Bus timetable

Services run regularly from London Victoria, Brighton and Eastbourne to Lewes station. Taxis are available at Lewes station or take the Small Wonder 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.

Small Wonder Twilight Tours:

Special 40-minute House tours at 5pm. An intimate guided tour revealing the famous literary visitors to Charleston in atmospheric evening lighting. 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.

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