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Due to the escalation of the coronavirus (COVID-19), Castle Night Trek has been postponed to 26 September 2020.


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Update 24 March 2020

It is with a heavy heart that we have made the difficult decision to postpone Castle Night Trek, planned for 16 May. The wellbeing of our patients, families, supporters, staff and volunteers is always at the forefront of every decision we make. In light of the social distancing measures put in place around the coronavirus, we feel that we cannot now go ahead with the trek as planned.

We have been working hard to get a new date set for later this year with Herstmonceux Castle and to deliver our events in line with any restrictions that may come into place. We are really pleased to let you know that we have secured a new date for you to complete your trek on Saturday 26th September 2020 and we really hope that you will be able to join us on this date to take on your challenge.

Thank you for your continued support, patience and understanding. Keep safe and well and we look forward to speaking to you soon. In the meantime, if you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact us on events@chestnut-tree-house.org.uk
Put 26th September in your diary and we will see you there!

A brand new event!

Castle Night Trek is a 10k sponsored trek through the stunning grounds of Herstmonceux Castle.

Taking part in Castle Night Trek is a great way for you to help local families who know they don’t have long together. Any money you raise helps make a difference and we are here for you every step of the way to make it a great success.

What can I expect?

  • Rest stops with free sweets and a hot drink
  • Lights to guide your way
  • Group leaders for those who want to join a group
  • Medal, t-shirt and a glass of bubbly
  • Free parking
  • Registration from 7pm
  • Set off at sunset (approximately 8.45pm)
  • Unlimited fundraising support
  • A fantastic trek at night around an amazing venue!

Your registration fee covers the cost of participating in the event, all we ask is that you raise as much sponsorship money as you can to help local children and their families. Your trek will help them make precious memories together and help parents through the difficult time of saying goodbye.  Please have a look at our Fundraising pack for lots of ideas on how to raise sponsorship on your trek.

You’re doing something incredible so why not set yourself a fundraising target?

• Strive for £80 and pay for the daily cost of the swimming pool at Chestnut Tree House, as a thank you, you will receive a glow water bottle (forward your sponsorship money by 11 September 2020 for your free gift on the night).

• Reach £285 and provide for one hour of all care services and as a bonus you’ll become a member of our exclusive 200 club and be invited to a celebration evening after the event. (forward your sponsorship money to us by 6 November 2020 to receive your invite)

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Book your place before Tuesday 31 May 2020 to get the early bird rate of just £20 per person!
Amazing group offer – for every 6 places booked 1 person goes free, early bird rate applies!
Be quick! Registration closes on Monday 14 September 2020.

Please note the minimum age for the challenge is 14 accompanied by an adult.

If you have any questions please call the Events Team on 01323 403835 or email events@chestnut-tree-house.org.uk.

Like to Volunteer?

Are  you or someone you know interested in volunteering and want to help make the event a great success?  We have various roles and times available, anything from marshalling, to registration, to face painting! please contact the events team with your availability and we will be in touch.  Call 01323 403835 or email events@chestnut-tree-house.org.uk

Observatory Science Centre offer!

The Observatory Science Centre is a hidden gem! Located in the former home of The Royal Greenwich Observatory, The Centre has become an outstanding attraction bringing spectacular science to the public in a unique historic setting nestled in the Sussex countryside.

Participants of Castle Night Trek will receive a voucher which entitles up to 4 people to enter The Centre at just £6 per person (terms and conditions apply).

The Observatory has opened its doors for the night of the trek, opening at 7pm until midnight. The café will also be open for hot food, drinks and snacks.

If it is cloudy there will be a planetarium style talk in one of the domes.observatory 1