The Leeds Castle Watercolour Challenge

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The Leeds Castle Watercolour Challenge

This summer, Leeds Castle is on the hunt for England’s finest undiscovered artistic talent.

Could you be the 21st century J.M.W. Turner or David Hockney that Leeds Castle is looking for?

This summer, Leeds Castle is on the hunt for England’s finest undiscovered artistic talent. We would like to invite you to enter our competition and paint the majestic 900 year old Castle in watercolour.

The winning masterpiece will be transformed into a range of new merchandise to be sold in the Leeds Castle shops for visitors from all over the world to purchase. All money raised from the sale of these items will go towards preserving the Castle for future generations to enjoy.

Paint from memory, from a photograph or better still use your annual ticket to visit the Castle as many times as you like to create your entry.

The best entries will be selected by the Leeds Castle art panel and put on display at the Castle during September 2015. Thousands of visitors will be able to cast their vote to choose their favourite painting. The three most popular entries will then be assessed by a special guest judge who will choose the winner. Winners will also receive two tickets to the incredible Leeds Castle Fireworks Spectacular in November.

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If you are planning on entering, please complete the form which can be found on our website or email [email protected] to let us know. All entries should be sent to: Marketing Department, Leeds Castle, Maidstone, Kent, ME17 1PL.

Valid entrance ticket to Leeds Castle is required. Annual tickets cost £24 for adults; £21 for seniors and visitors with disabilities (carer goes free); £16 for children (under 4’s free). Annual tickets are valid for 12 months so you can pay once and visit all year round. Pre-book online before you visit and save 10%. Grounds open at 10am daily and the castle is open from 10.30am. Last admission is 4.30pm and gates close at 6pm.

Leeds Castle attracts half a million visitors a year and is located near Maidstone in Kent just off Junction 8 of the M20 within easy reach of London. For more information see


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