Top ten things to do in August

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Summer Jousting Tournaments

Summer time at Hever Castle is wonderful. The gardens are looking lovely with wonderful colours along the dahlia border, and there’s plenty to see and do. To help you make the most of your summer we’ve put together our top ten things to do in August come rain or shine.

1. Watch a Jousting tournament

The Knights of Royal England battle it out every weekend this August. Witness spectacular displays of action, stunts, falls and fights in an authentic arena complete with Royal Box.

2. Have a go at Archery 

Come and have a go at the ancient sport of archery. Available throughout the school holidays, you can put your skills to the test and see how you would have fared on the medieval battleground.

3. Experience the Lake Walk

Take a peaceful walk around the lake and along the way see bird boxes that are home to owls, blue tits, robins and woodpeckers and look out for kingfishers, swans, herons and crested grebes on the lake itself. At the foot of the lake there are three second world war pill boxes built to defend a key crossing point on the River Eden. You will also find our wonderful flower meadow near the Japanese Tea House. The walk takes approximately 1 hour at a leisurely pace.

Flower Meadow on Lake Walk

4. Learn to be a Knight or Princess 

Throughout the summer holidays young visitors can experience what it was like to grow up and serve in a royal household in medieval times at Knights & Princesses School. New for 2019 your kids will also learn how to slay a dragon before receiving their ‘School Certificate’ and being officiated as Knights, Princes and Princesses of Hever Castle.

Knights & Princesses School

5. Watch an open air performance 

The Festival Theatre is an open air venue set in the gardens of Hever Castle. Located on the Two Sisters Lawn adjacent to Anne Boleyn Walk, the Theatre is surrounded by delightful flower beds and an abundance of ornamental trees. For performance dates and bookings at The Festival Theatre go to: www.heverfestival.co.uk

6. Take part in ‘Solley’s Selfie’ 

Solley’s Ice Cream is made locally in Kent and sold around the grounds at Hever Castle. Solley’s are giving away a FREE 750ml tub of ice cream to the best selfie they receive, so get snapping!

King Henry VIII and Solley's Kentish ice cream

7. Adventure Playgrounds

Bring your youngsters to explore our play areas. Your children will be able to freely explore and use their imagination in Acorn Dell (photographed below). Slightly older kids will be able to explore Tudor Towers Adventure Playground – a nine metre tall wooden play castle, bigger than a four bedroom house and complete with its own moat, drawbridge and three turrets. There’s plenty of fun to be had!

Acorn Dell Play Area

8. Hire a boat 

Discover the beauty and serenity of the lake at your own pace in one of our rowing boats, canoes or pedalos. Boating is available for hire from the Edwardian boathouse on the lakeside near the Loggia. 

9. Stay at a Castle

Stay in the sumptuous surroundings of Hever Castle Bed and Breakfast. Set in the glorious Kent countryside you can take in all the Hever Castle & Gardens has to offer, with complimentary access to the Castle and grounds during opening hours and access to the gardens when the estate is closed to the public.

Tydemans bedroom - Hever Castle bed and breakfast

10. Play the express golf course

Enjoy the exciting ‘Express Golf Course’ featuring oversized holes and a shorter course for a quicker game. Perfect for those just starting out or looking for a short fun round with friends.

We hope you found this guide useful for things to do in August!

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