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Leeds Castle’s Sublime Sculpture Trail Ends 2nd October

Running until 2nd October, ‘Sculpture at the Castle, part of Leeds Castle’s Design Month’ features more than 50 outdoor artworks showcasing unique flora and fauna themed sculptures set within the majestic grounds of the historic castle.

Helen Bonser-Wilton, Chief Executive at Leeds Castle, said: “With summer ending and a new season on the way, we are thrilled to launch our second outdoor sculpture trail which celebrates the natural world. Guests are invited to immerse themselves in the imaginative sculptures and revel in their unique beauty, of which some have been commissioned specially for Leeds Castle.”

This diverse display of abstract and figurative artworks features works from 18 sculptors, and have been created using a variety of different materials, from recycled plastic to industrial steel.

Perched along the water’s edge of the Lady Baillie Mediterranean Garden Terraces, amongst the blooms in the Culpeper Gardens and in the tree tops and bushes of the Princess Alexandra Gardens, visitors will explore every inch of the Castle’s grounds as they search for the sculptures.

Award-winning artist, Carole Andrews, who is exhibiting a selection of her sculptures shares: “My sculptures are my response to coming across a collection of carnivorous plants on display in a botanical garden in Australia. I was intrigued by these strange looking plants that colonise forest floors in tropical rain forests. Their delicate markings and intricate designs captured my imagination to create these special pieces, and can be found in the Princess Alexandra Gardens.”

To finish the sculpture trail, visitors can visit the pop-up ‘Selfie Arch’ located on the Cedar Lawn. With the Castle as the backdrop, guests can capture a memorable photo with friends and family as they say goodbye to summer and hello to autumn.

Visitors can also make a day or weekend of it during their visit to Leeds Castle as there is a wide range of activities and pursuits for all to enjoy. Whether it be an afternoon exploring routes around the Maze, standing on top of the fortress at the Knights’ Stronghold playground, practicing putting at the Leeds Castle Adventure Golf, or testing fears at the Go Ape Tree Top Adventure.

For a quieter day out, the extensive 500-acre grounds are complete with stunning gardens and parkland with a variety of wildlife to admire. Just take the Princess Alexandra Gardens where you can find beautiful Azaleas and Rhododendrons – an idyllic spot for a picnic or opt for garden tours where guests will learn of the many species that call Leeds Castle home.

Leeds Castle, near Maidstone, Kent, is open daily from 10:00am to 6:00pm, and is located just off Junction 8 of the M20.


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