What’s on at Charleston

Bart_Van_Es_Charleston_Festival_201926 MayReturns only

1.45pm - The Cut Out Girl

Bart van Es unravels the fateful true story of a young girl hidden by the author’s Dutch grandparents in occupied Holland with BBC journalist Sophie Raworth.

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Cathy_Newman_Charleston_Festival_201926 MayReturns only

4PM - Bloody Brilliant Women

Cathy Newman offers a fresh history of some unsung pioneering women: policewomen, fighter pilots, writers, scientists and artists. Chaired by journalist Gaby Hinsliff.

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Vanessa_Redgrave_Charleston_festival_201926 MayReturns only

6.30 PM - Vita and Virginia

In an exceptional double act, Eileen Atkins and Vanessa Redgrave present a dramatised reading adapted by Atkins from the letters of Virginia Woolf and Vita Sackville-West.

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27 MayReturns only

Monday 27 May - All Day Ticket

This ticket includes entry to all four events on the final day of the 2019 Charleston More

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In_Montparnasse_and_Sussex_Sue_Roe_Anthony_Penrose_Charleston_festival_201927 May

12.30pm - In Montparnasse and Sussex

Sue Roe and Antony Penrose discuss the birth of surrealism and the painters and writers who worked within this revolutionary milieu.

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Pastoral_Symphony_Melissa_Harrison_Charleston_Festival_201927 May

3pm - Pastoral Symphony

Melissa Harrison (All Among the Barley) and Isabella Tree (Wilding) discuss whether this is a golden age of nature writing with novelist Suzanne Joinson.

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Innocence_Experience_Sofka_Zionvieff_Charleston_Festival_201927 May

5.30pm - Innocence and Experience

Tessa Hadley’s Late in the Day and Sofka Zinovieff’s Putney lift the lid on buried secrets exhumed in a different era. Chaired by Juliet Nicolson.

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Erebus_Michael_Palin_Charleston_Festival_201927 MayReturns only

7.30pm - Erebus

Intrepid TV traveller Michael Palin retraces the journey of the HMS Erebus from its icy fate during Franklin’s Arctic expedition in 1845 to its rediscovery in 2014.

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06 JunWorkshop

Hand painted bowls 6 June 2019

Amy Isles Freeman hand turns wooden bowls and then decorates them with her trademark, joyful, bold designs. In More

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08 Jun

Queer House Tours Launch

Queer Bloomsbury presents an LGBTQ+ day of celebration and the launch of our new queer house tours.

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The Lord Chamberlain's Men12 JunTheatre

A Midsummer Night’s Dream

An open-air performance of Shakespeare’s enchanting comedy

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22 JunFair

Designer & Makers Fair

Beautiful and unique wares from the finest designers and makers in the South.

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30 JunWorkshop

Stained Glass - 30 June 2019

Handcraft a beautiful, leaded stained glass window panel with tutor David Lilly. Learn the traditional techniques More

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In the Studio of Annemarie O'Sullivan01 JulWorkshop


Frame baskets with Sussex willow This is a 1 day workshop where we will focus on More

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16 JulWorkshop

Painting in the Walled Garden

Vanessa Bell described the garden at Charleston in the summer as a “dithering blaze of flowers and More

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22 JulWorkshop

Macrame 22 July 2019

Learn the traditional macrame knotting technique at this day long workshop.   The day begins with More

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12 AugWorkshop

Colour theory and mixing

Explore colour observation mixing and creating a sense of light in Oils with Tom Benjamin Vanessa More

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13 AugWorkshop

Woodcut Printmaking

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

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08 SepWorkshop

Stained Glass 8 September 2019

Handcraft a beautiful, leaded stained glass window panel with tutor David Lilly. Learn the traditional techniques More

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08 OctWorkshop

Painted Furniture with Melissa White

Take inspiration from the painted interiors at Charleston. Learn the various paint effects and antiquing techniques More

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15 OctWorkshop

Block printing with Molly Mahon

Learn the art of block printing with Molly Mahon. Molly will share her love of pattern More

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