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Lullingstone Quilt & Craft Festival 2019

This event runs from 11:00am on the 19th July 2019, to 5:00pm on the 21st July 2019 and will take place at Lullingstone Castle, Eynsford, Kent. DA4 0JA. It is a Guild event being organised by Jan Allston, .

The Region 2 Quilt and Craft Festival will be held at Lullingstone Castle near Maidstone.

Admission (which includes a visit to the castle, the grounds and The World Garden designed by Tom Hart-Dyke whilst he was in captivity in Panama and fearing for his life):

Members £5 (on production of membership card)

Non-members £10

Children and carers for registered disabled people Free

Why not organise a coach trip for your local group!

Please support us again this year by entering your quilts (inside, outside and Young quilters) and stepping up to the challenge, the title of which celebrates our move to another famous and beautiful building set in amazing scenery. 

The 2019 Lullingstone Challenge: You are invited to make a quilt up to 1mx1m with the theme "Castles in the Air" .  It can be landscape or portrait but it must be made specifically for the Challenge. Entries are only accepted from Region 2 members.

Download your 2019 Challenge   entry form and return to Jan Allston by 31st May 2019 together with cheque if applicable.

Main Display - The main display of quilts, if all goes to plan, will be in the house, in the church (which is also set in the grounds) and perhaps in the marquees. There is no theme or size limit. Beginners and experts welcome. From first quilts to art quilts, traditional, modern or contemporary; we would like to reflect the broad interests, creativity and talents of Region 2.

Download your 2019 main display  entry form and return to Jan Allston by 31st May 2019 together with cheque if applicable.

Entries are accepted for the general exhibition from Region 2 Guild members on payment of a £5 hanging fee  and from members of Region 2 groups which are affiliated to the Quilters Guild, hanging fee of £7.50. Please quote the group membership number on the entry form.

Help is needed during the show itself.  For a free ticket, you only have to volunteer for 3 hours duty and the rest of the time is yours to enjoy the facilities, the quilts, the retail opportunity, the castle and the gardens. If you are able to help with selling programmes, raffle tickets, manning the tombola table, serving refreshments and stewarding please email Jan Allston:- exhibitionorg_reg2@quiltersguild.org.uk 

To celebrate our new show

The Quilt Sandwich from Bridlington in Yorkshire, who are suppliers of extra wide fabrics, are offering free postage from their webshop.  https://www.quiltsandwich.co.uk/quilt-shop  from 1st to 31st July this year for Region 2 members.  To get the code for this offer, quoting your membership number and name, email Jan Allston  exhibitionorg_reg2@quiltersguild.org.uk


Directions

Lullingstone Castle & Park are in the picturesque and sleepy Darent Valley, between Eynsford and Shoreham.

They are in a very calm and historic area, with a legacy of artistic activity and music up and down the valley.  They are not far from two village train stations, with excellent walking paths along the valley, and there is a local bus service. 

Train - Shoreham and Eynsford are served by direct trains between London Blackfriars and Sevenoaks. Eynsford is much nearer to the castle than Shoreham – about a 10 minute walk along the Darent Valley, Jan has been told.  

Bus - There is a limited service to Shoreham from Monday to Saturday. The ‘Go Coach’ route 421 runs along the A225 between Swanley and Sevenoaks stopping at Eynsford and Shoreham railway stations.

Coaches - Please contact the Castle for details (01322 862114 or info@lullingstonecastle.co.uk) about parking as the coach park is a separate entrance – it is via the A225 Shoreham Road, less than 10 minutes from the M25 (Junction 3 exit for Swanley - A20 not M20). NB All coaches should use the postcode DA4 0HX

Car - Easily accessible from the M25 Junction 3 (Swanley) A20 then the A225 to Eynsford - or Junction 4 (Orpington) B2173 then A225.  Postcode for SatNav is DA4 0JA.  Follow signs for Lullingstone Roman Villa.  Fork right at the villa.  The castle is a little beyond this point on the left hand side of the road.  The gatehouse is easily visible as you approach.  NB:  For coach groups please contact the castle for details about parking as coaches park in a different area from cars.