With summer in full swing, be sure to make the most of it at Hever Castle. Visit Hever Castle for a day to remember, with an action packed programme of fun activities for kids.
What’s on in August and coming up over the next few months:
Journey Through History will take you from the age of the Romans, through to the Saxons, via the Viking invasion, right up to Edwardian times when William Waldorf Astor used this fortune to restore and extend the castle.
In the grounds, you will be able to wander through the encampment to watch the Vikings and the Saxons go head to head with weapons displays and see men at arms skirmishes. Step into the Tudor period and immerse yourself in the time when Hever Castle was Anne Boleyn’s childhood home. There will also be the opportunity to watch archery displays from the time of the Vikings through to the Tudors. Be entertained with music from the reign of Elizabeth I and learn how to dance Elizabethan style.
Learn what it would have been like during the Edwardian period and then into World War I. Finally, there will also be an encampment of World War 2 where you can see displays and take part in interactive talks about weaponry and the life of a soldier in WWII.
The popular Summer Jousting Tournament will also be in full swing. Don’t miss the procession from the Castle forecourt as Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn lead visitors through the grounds to the Jousting Arena. Battling it out in the saddle and on foot in one-to-one combat, the valiant knights will then compete for points to find this season’s ultimate champion.
See full events details for Journey Through History.
It’s that time of year again – Christmas tickets will be going on sale to Annual Members on 11th September. Annual Members will receive one week priority booking before booking is opened for general release on 18th September.
To benefit from this exclusive benefit, why not start your annual membership now so that you can enjoy Hever from holiday to holiday!
This year the theme is Alice in a Christmas Wonderland. During the day you will be met with beautifully decorated Castle rooms, welcoming log fires and twinkling Christmas trees. Outside in the grounds discover the festive interactive trail themed around Alice in a Christmas Wonderland.
Bring the children to meet Father Christmas, enjoy relaxed Christmas shopping in the Gift Shops, and sample delicious festive food in the restaurants.
Or you can visit after dark and experience the magic of Twilight Christmas on the evenings of the 6th, 12th*, 13th, 19th, 20th and 23rd December. As night falls, the grounds are illuminated with up-lighting and colour washes. Book for Father Christmas and immerse yourself fully in the Christmas spirit.
Christmas comes early when you’re an annual member, become one today.
See more information on our Christmas events 2019 page.
*The evening of the 12 December is an extra Twilight evening for 2019 for non-members only.
Head to Hever Castle in September for a new contemporary craft fair organised by Craft In Focus. Over the four days, you will be able to discover around 120 exhibitors from the UK’s finest designer makers and contemporary artists at this craft fair based in the heart of the Kentish countryside.
Craft in Focus have chosen specific designers for their individuality and innovation in contemporary design so you will be exposed to a whole host of British talent. Plus you will be able to enjoy live music as you wander around the fair.
See full event details for the Craft Fair.
Throughout the summer holidays, your little ones can experience what it was like to grow up and serve in a royal household in medieval times at Knights & Princesses School.
Classes include lots of hands-on activities to keep them entertained. Children are encouraged to come in costume to truly immerse themselves as knights and princesses.
These free classes last for around 40 minutes and take place daily at: 11:30, 12:30, 14:00, 15:00 and 16:00.
Children can learn how to prepare and protect armour, discover the best way to arm and disarm their master before battle, find out the correct way to give a proper and perfect greeting and take part in a have a go Hobby Horse Jousting activity. 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 takes place daily until 30 August and is included in normal Hever Castle admission prices. There is no need to pre-book, simply make your way to the Archery tent on the path to the Water Maze approximately 5 minutes before the start of the session.
The Knights of Royal England return to battle it out at the annual Hever Castle Jousting Tournament. Spectators will be treated to a thrilling show as the brave knights compete for points to find this season’s champion. Witness spectacular displays of action, stunts, falls and fights in an authentic arena complete with Royal Box.
Jousting is taking place on the following dates:
Bring a blanket or watch the joust in style from the medieval spectator stands, available for a small cost on a first-come, first served basis. Then choose which knights you support and cheer them to glory.
Keep up to date with the jousting leader board throughout the season.
Hever Castle has teamed up with Squerryes Vineyard to host ‘A Celebration of Kentish Wines Dine & Stay’ on Thursday 3rd October 2019. This is a prestigious event which offers a unique experience to combine Hever Castle’s 13th century history with an opportunity to learn about and taste wines from some of the worlds most exciting winemakers.
In the early evening, guests will gather in the Music Room ahead of a private guided tour of the Castle, after which Squerryes will host a drinks reception in the Castle. A six-course dinner will follow, each course paired with a wine from the Wine Garden of England: Chapel Down, Hush Heath, Simpsons, Gusbourne and Biddenden.
The next morning, enjoy a sumptuous breakfast in the Tudor Suite Dining Room before heading off to the nearby Squerryes Estate for a tour of the vineyard and a tutored tasting ‘A Flight of Squerryes’.
Located just 1 mile from the Castle at Hever Castle Golf & Wellbeing, there’s plenty going on at The Waterside Bar, Restaurant & Terrace and the Health & Wellbeing Centre for all the family this summer.
As well as having an array of Jaques of London garden games available on the lawn, we also have a boule court for you to enjoy. Even if you are sitting inside The Waterside we have plenty of board games to keep everyone entertained!
If you want to head out onto the green with your kids, Junior Golfers can play Hever Castle Golf Club for just £5pp from now until the end of the summer holidays. Please call the Club Shop for bookings on 01732 700771.
Don’t forget Hever Castle’s Annual Members receive discounts on Osteopathy, Physio, Massage and Beauty treatments at the Wellbeing Centre, as well as food and drink at The Waterside.
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