News

29/10/14

Gardens are open daily all year round from 10.00am - 6.00pm or dusk if earlier.

Our liquidambar looking beautiful - full of colour

One of the arches into the Walled Garden

27/10/14

There will be guided tours at 11.00am and 1.00pm. Adult £8.00, Concession £7.00 and Children £5.00.

Our beautiful gardens are open from 10.00am - 6.00pm (dusk if earlier)

Why not visit our Tearoom? 

The Tearoom is open from 12.00pm serving delicious light lunches, homemade cakes and cream teas. Please see our sample menu below:

Using seasonally available produce from our Belmont kitchen garden

 Seasonal Soup with homemade bread

Quiche served with side salad and new potatoes 

Coronation Chicken served with side salad and new potatoes

Sausages and mash served with onion gravy

Steak and Ale Pie

Prices range from £4.00 - £6.95

*Please note these dishes may vary

Not got time for a tour? why not just pop in for lunch!

This is the last day of the season the house will be open - so don't miss out! The gardens will remain open throughout the winter months. 

 

 

20/10/14

Sunday 26th October, 12.00pm till 3.00pm

We have Hand Crafted Events here doing many different themed arts and crafts for you to enjoy. Other activities include a spooky trail around the gardens and Pumpkin Carving. Fancy dress is most welcome!

Tearoom will be open serving afternoon tea and homemade cakes.

Adults £5 & Children (under 16) £2.50 all activities are included in the price. 

Happy Halloween! 

24/09/14

We really enjoyed welcoming everyone on Sunday to a what proved to be a great day out in the park and gardens at Belmont.

The park and arena provided us with great entertainment from The Sheep Show and Fun Dog Show to the Falconry Display and Ferret Racing. We also had a lovely choice of art and craft stalls. There was certainly something for all everybody.

Ferret Racing - Kent Ferret Rescue

The Sheep Show

 

Creepy Claws 

Thank you to everybody that came we hope you had a great day! We look forward to seeing you again next year.

13/09/14

The Belmont Country Fair is a  great family day out with a special unique atmosphere and a wide variety of activities for everyone interested in country life including The Sheep Show, falconry display, ferret racing, terrier racing, “have a go” archery, fun dog show, many different art and craft stall and finally a lovely choice of local food stall.

Adults £7/Children (under 12) Free!  Dogs allowed on a lead only. Free Parking.

Please note the house on the day of the country fair will be closed. HHA/Season Tickets are not valid on special event days.

The registration tent for the dog show will be open from 1.00pm.

Programme of Events

11.15 - Ferret Racing - Arena

11.30 - The Sheep Show - Park

12.00 - Falconry Display - Arena

12.30 - Terrier Racing  - Park

13.00 - The Sheep Show - Park

13.00 - Dog agility display - Arena

13.30 - Beagles in the Park

13.45 - Ferret Racing - Arena

14.15 - Falconry Display - Arena

14.30 - The Sheep Show - Park

15.00 - Fun Dog Show - Arena

16.00 - The Sheep Show - Park

 

We look forward to seeing you there!

05/09/14

At the beginning of the week we had a visit from the South East Division of The Morgan Owners Club.

These cars looked spectacular in the Belmont surroundings, I'm sure you would agree. It's a shame the sun didn't shine as much as the cars did.

Then on Wednesday we had our first Blooms at Belmont workshop. The ladies received a demonstration and excellent tuition from local florist Julie Davies. They then had the rare opportunity to cut their own choice of flowers from our beautiful gardens.

Everybody enjoyed a wonderful afternoon and went away with some fantastic arrangements. Due to the success of this afternoon we look to do future workshops with Julie.

 

 

 

19/08/14

This workshop will take place on Wednesday 3rd September and runs from 1.00pm-3.30pm at Belmont House and Gardens near Faversham.

The session will begin with Julie Davies doing a flower arrangement demonstration using the flowers which have been freshly picked from the Belmont Gardens. You can then enjoy a tour with our head gardener Graeme, when you will have the opportunity to cut your own flowers. All materials will be provided, with plenty of time for one to one assistance to create something wonderful.  After all your hard work at the end of the day, you can enjoy tea and homemade cake.

This is a relaxed, fun afternoon, an opportunity to learn new skills, get creative and make new friends.

The Tea Room is open from 12.00pm so why not arrive early and have some lunch beforehand? Please note that lunch is not included in the workshop fee.

The cost of this workshop is £45.00 per person. For more information or to make a booking please call on 01795 890202 or email events@belmont-house.org

15/08/14

 

Sunday 17th August.  Performance starts at 2.00pm, gates open at 1.00pm.

Join us at Belmont House and Gardens this summer to see the Chapterhouse Theatre Company perform The Jungle Book. In the magical Indian jungle, a new arrival changes the animal kingdom forever.

In this beautiful adaptation by award winning writer Laura Turner, all your favourite animal characters are brought to life to create an enchanting and fun-filled musical show for children of all ages.

 

Enjoy a picnic in our beautiful walled garden with your friends and family. Don’t forget to indulge in our cream teas after the show.

 (2 Adults & 2 Children) £42 and Parties of 10+ 10% Discount. Under 3 are free! You will be able to purchase tickets on the day.

Please bring your own blankets or low-backed seating with you.

24/07/14

This Summer at Belmont House and Gardens

Open Wednesdays

We are now open every Wednesday!

There will be guided house tours at 11.00am and 1.00pm. Adult £8.00, Concession £7.00 and Children £5.00. The gardens are also open from 10.00am.

The Tearoom is open from 12.00pm serving light lunches, homemade cakes and afternoon tea.Please see our sample menu below:

Using seasonally available produce from our Belmont kitchen garden

 Seasonal Soup with homemade bread

Quiche served with side salad and new potatoes 

Coronation Chicken served with side salad and new potatoes

Sausages and mash served with onion gravy

Steak and Ale Pie

Prices range from £4.00 - £6.95

*Please note these dishes may vary

 

Childrens Craft Workshops 

Come along and enjoy a variety of summer themed craft's at Belmont House.

 Selected Wednesday's throughout  August 2014 - 11.00am - 12.30

Booking is essential for the children's craft's. £5.00 per child. All craft materials are supplied.

A cupcake and drink will be provided for the children too. Suitable for children aged 4-10 years.

For more information please contact Laura from Hand Crafted Events on 07986160250 or click here  to make a booking

 

The Jungle Book

Sunday 17th August, performance starts at 2.00pm

Join us at Belmont House and Gardens this summer to see the Chapterhouse Theatre Company perform The Jungle Book. In the magical Indian jungle, a new arrival changes the animal kingdom forever.

In this beautiful adaptation by award winning writer Laura Turner, all your favourite animal characters are brought to life to create an enchanting and fun-filled musical show for children of all ages.

 

Enjoy a picnic in our beautiful walled garden with your friends and family. Don’t forget to indulge in our cream teas after the show. For more information or to book tickets please visit www.seetickets.com/tour/chapterhouse-theatre-company 

Prices: Adults £14, Children (Under 16) & Students £10, Families (2 Adults & 2 Children) £42 and Parties of 10+ 10% Discount. Under 3 are free! You can also purchase tickets from Belmont House, for more information please call 01795 890202.

Please bring your own blankets or low-backed seating with you. You will be able to purchase tickets on the day.

22/07/14

This year, from April to September, we will be open every Wednesday for House Tours.

There will be guided tours at 11.00am and 1.00pm. Adult £8.00, Concession £7.00 and Children £5.00

Our tearoom will also be open tempting you with our mouth-watering homemade cakes, afternoon tea and light lunches from 12.00pm.

     

 

 

 

19/06/14

Step back in time to your favourite childhood era at our Vintage Summer Fayre, here in the grounds of Belmont House.  You will find everything from retro sweets to kitchenalia, vintage clothing to handmade gifts and accessories.

Our tea tent will be serving delicious homemade cakes, flap jacks, brownies etc. A fabulous day out for all the family to enjoy. 

Admission to the fair and gardens £5.00 per person, children (12 -16) £2.50, children under 12 free. Please note dogs are allowed on a lead only.

Please note there will only be two house tours: 2.15pm & 3.00pm.

17/06/14

 

 Special Offer!

On Wednesday 18th June,why not come and enjoy a guided house and garden tour, all for the price of £12.00 per person.

 Your day will begin at 10.00am with our Head Gardener, Graeme, who will guide you around our grounds. There will be an hour's break for lunch; delicious light lunches are available from our tearoom or you may like to bring along your own picnic. The guided house tour will start at 1.00pm and will finish at approximately 3.00pm.

Please call for more details on 01795 890202. We look forward to welcoming you to Belmont.

The Tearoom is open from 12.00pm serving light lunches, homemade cakes and cream tea. Please see our sample menu below:

 

Using seasonally available produce from our Belmont kitchen garden

 

Seasonal Soup with homemade bread

Quiche served with side salad and new potatoes

 

Coronation Chicken served with side salad and new potatoes

Sausages and mash served with onion gravy

Steak and Ale Pie

Lasagne

Prices range from £4.00 - £6.95

*Please note these dishes may vary

27/05/14

Open Farm Sunday is a great chance to have a day in some stunning scenery and enjoy the country air.  You will learn how your food is produced and maybe even taste some, all whilst finding out how the countryside around you is cared for.

Discover first-hand what it means to be a farmer. Most importantly the day is a reminder to us all that farms matter! Snoad Farm will be here selling hog dogs and burgers.

The Tearoom will be open, to treat yourself to one of our well known Belmont cream teas.

Admission to Open Farm Sunday is Free!

Normal house tour admission applies

 

 

07/05/14

We will have demonstrations and displays reflecting the key aspects of the history in this period. See different WW1 encampments with weapons and equipment on display and much more! Children can take part in drill display and the WW1 army signal school.

The Belmont Tea Tent will be open for refreshments, sausage rolls, home-made cakes and tray bakes from 11am.

The house will also be open for guided tours throughout the afternoon.

£2 per person and free for children under 12. Please note season tickets/offers are not valid on special event days.

Please note that dogs are allowed in the Grounds as long as they are kept on the lead at all times.

 We look forward to welcoming you to Belmont

30/04/14

Join us at The Belmont Plant and Craft Fair on Sunday 4th & Monday 5th May

In the Arts and Crafts Marquee will be stall holders selling handmade silver jewellery, ceramics, shabby chic home accessories, homemade soaps and lotions, toys, handbags, scarves, furntiure, paintings, cushions, textiles,  jams, chutneys and much more.

Outside we have stall holders selling plants, herbs, wooden items and more.

There will also be a bar and food stalls including Game,  paella, burgers, home-made fudge and more tempting delights.

There is "Have a go" archery for the children and live music throughout the day

The Belmont Tea Tent will be open for refreshments, sausage rolls, home-made cakes and tray bakes from 11am.

The House is open for tours at 2.15pm and 3.00pm We look forward to seeing you there!

 

15/04/14

Opening Times this Easter Weekend

Good Friday - Gardens Open, House Closed, self - service tearoom

Saturday Guided House Tours at 2.15 and 3.15 - Tearoom open from 2.00pm

Sunday and Monday Guided House Tours at 2.15, 3.00 and 3.45, Gardens Open from 10am

We  look forward to seeing you

Happy Easter!

02/04/14

New Tour times

Saturday Tour Times:  - 2.15pm & 3.15pm

Sunday & BH Monday Tour Times: 2.15pm, 3.00pm & 3.45pm

First Wednesday we are open is 9th April. Tour times 11.00am & 1.00pm

The tearoom is now open on a Wednesday from 12.00pm  serving light lunches, homemade cakes and afternoon tea.

Gardens are open from 10.00am daily. We have a new exhibition this year for you to come and see. As well as a full programme of events. Click here for the events leaflet and you may also like to download our April newsletter.

We look forward to welcoming you to Belmont this year

13/03/14
For further details please ring Sally or Nick on 01728 621200
23/12/13
Steve Hick's mobile number is 07874007936 - Steve is the Belmont forester - for general /non-emergency forestry matters please forward emails to Sally - swatts@clarkeandsimpson.co.uk
23/12/13

We now have enough woodchip to heat the house and courtyard rooms for a whole year - fabulous green energy

05/12/13

The Christmas wreaths and centrepieces looked fantastic, everybody should be really proud of what they achieved and the homemade mince pies were delicious too!

From all the team at Belmont we would like to wish everybody a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

02/12/13
From time to time we hope to produce an Estate  newsletter - our first December edition is can be downloaded by clicking here
11/11/13

Come along to Belmont this Christmas and enjoy a friendly and relaxed atmosphere. Coffee and mince pies will be served on arrival before making your own gorgeous seasonal wreath to take home with you.

At lunchtime a hearty soup will be served after which we will be making festive table centres.

£30.00pp including tuition, materials and refreshments.

No previous experience is required. You will be amazed with what you can achieve.

Please call 01795 890202. FULLY BOOKED

 

 

31/10/13

Thank you to everyone that came along to Belmont for our Halloween Day on Sunday, we had a great day and we look forward to seeing you next year!

Magic AL from Juggle it All

Natasha from Acorn Carriage Hire giving Spooky Carriage Rides around the park

20/09/13

We really enjoyed welcoming everyone on Sunday to a what proved to be a great day out in the park and gardens at Belmont. Thank you to everybody that came we hope you had a great day!

We were extremely lucky the weather stayed dry most of the day and that the programme went ahead as planned.

 

 

 

 

We look forward to seeing you again next year!

16/09/13

 Graeme Watts, the Head Gardener at Belmont, will host a tour around our beautiful gardens. The tour will commence with coffee and an introduction in the Orangery and is expected to last 2 hours.

Garden Tour with the Head Gardener: £8 Adult/£6 Concession. Last one of the season!

Upcoming tour: Tuesday 17th September 2013, starting at 11.00am

We looking forward to welcoming you to Belmont

21/08/13

Following the success of ‘Open Wednesdays’ in 2012 we are once again welcoming visitors mid-week for one month only.

There will be guided tours at 11.00am and 1.00pm on each Wednesday of the month throughout August.

Our tearoom will also be open from 1.30pm tempting you with our mouth-watering homemade cakes and cream teas.

House Tours: Adult £8.00, Concession £7.00 and Children £5.00

09/08/13

Belmont House will be open for guided tours at 2.15pm, 2.45pm and 3.30pm. Adults £8.00, Concession £7.00 and Children £5.00. This price includes entry to the gardens.

The tearoom will be open from 2.00pm serving a selection of delicious homemade cakes and cream teas.

 

08/07/13

Greyfriars in Leicester has never had it so good. This once humble concrete car park is now forever lodged in our minds as the location where the remains of England’s notorious King Richard III were discovered less than seven months ago.

This amazing discovery has rekindled the public’s imagination about the last Plantagenet King, and what role he played in our country’s history. No doubt too has it sparked a renewed enthusiasm for Shakespeare’s eponymous play amongst the professional theatre community, nationally and internationally.

This has certainly been the case for Kent-based Changeling Theatre, who will be bringing their unique version of the play to Belmont House and Garden Friday 12th July.

Bring a blanket, some wine and a picnic whilst you enjoy the performance in the beautiful surroundings of Belmont House.  You can access the grounds from 6.30pm ready for the performance to begin at 7.30pm.

For more information or to book please visit www.hazlittartscentre.co.uk or call 01622 758611

Tickets £16.00pp, children £8.00 - Tickets still available

 

 

08/07/13

The event, held under the patronage of the Trinidad and Tobago High Commission, UK, featured a viewing of Cazabon’s “Harris Collection” which was discovered at Belmont House by Trinidadian curator and conservationist Geoffrey MacLean.

Cazabon, widely regarded as the first great painter of Trinidad and Tobago, is internationally lauded for his 19th century watercolour paintings which depicted the idyllic landscapes and changing society of colonial Trinidad and Tobago.

Lord Colgrain represented the Trustees of Belmont House and welcomed the High Commissioner for Trinidad and Tobago.

A lunch of Trinibagonian fare, was enjoyed by all on a beautiful sunny afternoon.One of the highlights of the afternoon was a reading by award winning writer Lawrence Scott from his critically acclaimed novel “Light Falling on Bamboo”. Cazabon’s colourful life was the inspiration behind the book, which illustrates the tale of his struggle to navigate the complicated post-emancipation period in Trinidad and Tobago.

His Excellency Garvin Nicholas, High Commissioner for Trinidad and Tobago to the United Kingdom, expressed his pleasure that Cazabon’s work and life story was being celebrated and unveiled to an international audience.

 

 

 

 

08/07/13

Lord Colgrain, High Sheriff of Kent and his wife Lady Colgrain hosted the annual High Sheriff’s Garden party on Thursday 4th July at  here Belmont House

Image above: Lord and Lady Colgrain after a very successful afternoon

 

 The garden party is an opportunity for the High Sheriff to acknowledge  and meet many individuals working within Kent who make a significant contribution to their local Community or Kent as a whole.

Some of the guests included members of the Judiciary, Police and Prison services as well as representation from many local Charities. During the afternoon the visitors had the opportunity to explore the beautiful gardens of Belmont in the glorious sunshine.

 

13/06/13

The Belmont Cazabon collection is renowned for its quality and the pictures are still fresh and vivid. Cazabon’s paintings are to be cherished not only for their beauty but also for their historical importance.

This collection is without doubt the most important visual record of nineteenth century Trinidad.

You can see this unique collection at Belmont House. Guided tours are on Saturdays, Sundays and Bank Holiday Mondays at 2.15pm, 2.45pm and 3.30pm.

 

 

Please click here to download The Belmont Cazabon Collection leaflet

29/05/13

Bring your family on a merry romp to the sunny Caribbee’ with Cambridge Touring Theatre’s swashbuckling musical adaptation of Treasure Island

Suitable for all ages, this open-air performance is interactive, full of laughs and catchy tunes. Picnic on the grass with the whole family - there’s something for everyone in Cambridge Touring Theatre’s acclaimed productions.

Boys and girls are invited to come along in their best pirate fashion and have a photo taken with members of the cast. And for those aged 5-10, there’s the chance to join a Treasure Island workshop before the show.

Sunday 2nd June - Workshop starts at 1.30pm. Performance starts at 3.00pm

Please note seating is not provided

For more information or to book please visit https://kiosk.iristickets.co.uk:443/k?v=ctt&item_type=103&general_event_area=Belmont+House or call 0843 208 0500.

Adult. £12.00, Children £9.00, Workshop (Age 5 – 10) £2.00, under 3s free

Tickets can be purchased on the day for both the workshop and the performance

 

 

 

 

10/05/13

 

Thank you to all the those involved and to all the visitors that came.

We look forward to welcoming you all to the Country Fair on Sunday 15th September.

 

 

For a full list of events please visit the events section on our website

19/04/13

Archers will be shooting four dozen arrows at 50yds and two dozen arrows at 40yds in the morning and repeated in the afternoon, traditional within the society the archer with the most hits at the end of the day will be the winner.

 

05/04/13

HPS Kent Group Plant Fair Admission £5.00 HPS Members £4.50

We look forward to welcoming you

Cream teas will be on sale - the House will also be open for House Tours (admission prices as normal)

04/02/13
Lawrence Scott has written a new novel Light Falling on Bamboo which he talks about here in a short film. Within the book are several wonderful prints of our Cazabon paintings - you are welcome to come and view them at Belmont - for details of house opening times see under Visiting us
03/01/13

Wishing all our visitors in 2013 a very Happy Year - we look forward to welcoming you around our gardens - £5 pp opening times 9 til 3.30.

The House will open again for tours at Easter.

12/12/12

The House opens again to visitors in April 2013 but you are welcome to visit our gardens throughout the year during daylight - Garden tickets cost £5 pp

Don't you just love todays date 12.12.12

23/10/12
for further details please ring the House on 01795 890202 or see under the Events tab - the event will be running from 12 til 5
04/10/12
You are welcome to stroll around the  gardens at Belmont  during daylight - garden tickets can be purchased in the Tack Room
30/07/12
House tour tickets are £8 per adult (£7 concessions) and £5 per child - price includes the gardens too
24/07/12

Thank you to all those who braved the weather - it was a wonderful evening

23/07/12
Today's Band of Brothers cricket match has been cancelled due to ground conditions
12/07/12

Pond dipping and marshmallows around the campfire being favourites - if you would like to arrange an educational visit to Belmont please do not hesitate to get in touch 01795 890202

27/06/12

Tickets available from the Hazlitt  Box office 01622 758611

30/05/12


25/04/12
24/04/12
We look forward to welcoming you to the Spring Fair May Bank Holiday weekend
02/04/12

Jonathan Betts, our clocks curator, spoke eloquently with others about the Measurement of Time, on Melvin Bragg's  Radio 4 programme 'In our Time' last week

This photo was taken after the recording (from right to left : Jonathan Betts, Kristen Lippincott, Jim Bennet & Melvin Bragg) - the link is http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b01dvw6t

26/03/12

The Guided House tours will be up and running again as of Sunday 1st April 2012

House Tours are on Saturday and Sunday afternoons : 2:15, 2:24 and 3:30pm - why not stroll around the beautiful gardens (open from 10am), take a tour of this unique family home and then end your afternoon with a scrumptious cream tea - we look forward to welcoming you soon

23/02/12

The House will soon be opening its doors again for House Tours - Sunday 1st April is our first day open again - in the meantime you are welcome to visit our gardens Garden tickets £5pp (adult)

06/02/12
05/01/12
13/12/11

We look forward to welcoming you to Belmont in 2012

 

Hard at work making Christmas wreath decorations at last weeks workshop

10/11/11
19/10/11

05/10/11

The gardens remain open from Dawn to Dusk for visitors -

you are welcome to stroll around the walled garden, arboretum

and kitchen garden Tickets Adult £5/head, Child £2.50/head and

Concessions £4/head

The Autumn colours are looking wonderful and our pumpkins are getting ready for Halloween!

29/09/11

The house closes on Friday for its winter deep clean - Sue, Dee and Jenny

will be busy over the next six months giving the house its well earned

thorough deep clean -

the gardens are still open - so why not pop along

for a leisurely walk around the kitchen

garden - the hops are looking splendid.

29/09/11

Hazlitt are going to be performing Shakespere

Click here for details

22/08/11

'Mystery in Stone' are currently on display in the gardens at Belmont this Summer - these 35 hand carved sculptures by Shona artists from Zimbabwe are themed on family, joy, sorrow and rites of passage. Entry is included within the ticket price for the Gardens at Belmont.

Workshops in stone carving are also being held - so come along and find out if you have a hidden talent!

 

10/02/11

Unfortunately the snow in December managed to do its best to hamper our annual 'deep clean' - but hopefully we are now on track to get the house back into its immaculate state in readiness for the tours starting in April - we look forward to welcoming you.

10/02/11
Graeme, Peter and Beverly have been busy  pruning the fruit trees and roses, cutting back shrubs, mulching and generally tidying up the gardens in readiness for the snowdrops and daffodils that are just beginning to show - roll on Spring
09/11/10
The walled garden at Belmont is situated behind the clock tower and can be accessed from the pinetum or the courtyard. Its long borders contain a wide variety of plants both annual and perennial. The combination of these borders with climbers, a more formal rose bed and walls covered with wisteria ensures there is interest throughout the year.