WIN a Family Ticket to fab Chiddingstone Festival in Kent this weekend!

Michael Morpurgo

Michael Morpurgo will be appearing at Chiddingstone Literary Festival, Sunday May 1 - Credit: Michael Morpurgo

Chiddingstone's brilliant literary festival is back this year in person, running over the Bank Holiday weekend on Sunday 1st and Monday 2nd May 2022, with internationally acclaimed as well as local authors and illustrators joining hundreds of happy guests in the beautiful setting of Chiddingstone Castle.

The unrivalled two-day programme promises talks from writers including Nina StibbePatrick Gale and the wonderful Fi Glover and Jane Garvey of hit podcast Fortunately.

Also, Kent Life's very own Sarah Salway will also be in conversation with writer Lulah Ellender and landscape designer Marian Boswall.

The festival is also packed with family events that should appeal to kids and big kids alike, such as the chance to hear best-selling authors Michael Morpurgo and Victoria Hislop talk about their latest books for children and the chance to join award-winning author and illustrator Rob Biddulph for a fun-packed draw-along - don’t forget to bring your pencils!

This year, you could be part of the action for free: Kent Life is delighted to have a family ticket for four to give away, courtesy of the Festival team, to one of the events on May 1 or 2 May, including free entry to explore the castle and grounds. For your chance to win, simply email with your name and phone number by midday on Thursday 28th April 2022, with 'Chiddingstone Giveaway' in the subject line. The winner will be picked at random.

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