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:
Please note – the planned opening of the new adventure playground has had to be postponed until the autumn due to unforeseen circumstances; please read the full statement for more information.
Hop through History takes visitors from the age of the Saxons, via the Viking invasion to the Norman conquest, when the first stones of Hever Castle were thought to be laid to Edwardian times when the Astors were in residence.
In the grounds watch the Vikings and the Normans go head to head with weapons displays. Wander around the encampments on the trail of history. In the Castle copies of the Doomsday Book will be on display.
Tudor encampment, re-enactments and stalls with more thrills and spills as our brave knights compete in this year’s Jousting Tournament over the Bank Holiday.
See full events details for Hop Through History.
Christmas ticket release dates
It’s that time of year again – Christmas tickets will be going on sale to Annual Members on 31st August. Annual Members will receive two weeks priority booking before booking is opened for general release on 14th 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, Christmas at Hever Castle is all about the Christmas carol. During the day you will be met with beautifully decorated Castle rooms, welcoming log fires and twinkling Christmas trees celebrating the traditions of Christmas. 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. 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.
Last year, Twilight Christmas tickets sold out in record time with all Father Christmas tickets on the final two dates of Twilight Christmas selling out before going on sale for general release.
Christmas comes early when you’re an annual member, become one today.
See more information on our Christmas events 2017 page.
Celebrate all things handmade and homegrown in the Garden of England this September.
Visitors to Hever Castle’s Handmade & Homegrown Festival can get inspiration from a whole host of stalls selling gifts and crafts, sample food and drink from local producers as well as see demonstrations of basket weaving and wood carving.
The event also incorporates the popular annual Patchwork and Quilting Exhibition. Members of The Quilters’ Guild from across Kent, Surrey and Sussex will showcase their talents with an impressive display of patchwork quilts and wall hangings. They will also hold daily sewing demonstrations for children and adult beginners, sewing crafts and quilts. Be inspired by the vast array of modern quilts which you may want to hang in your home!
Find out which plants to grow in your garden and buy plants grown in the grounds of Hever Castle and other local nurseries.
Over 40 stalls will be exhibiting, selling candles, glassware, ceramics, jewellery, clothing, art, homewares – everything you could possibly imagine!
And if you’re feeling inspired get your craft project started with the chance to buy knitting kits, quilting supplies and fabric.
See full event details for Handmade & Homegrown Festival.
This summer, kids can experience what it was like to grow up and serve in a royal household in medieval times.
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.
Knights in training learn how to prepare and protect armour and discover the best way to arm and disarm their master before battle. Princesses are shown the correct way to give a proper and perfect curtsey.
Children will take part in a fun ‘Have a Go Jousting’ activity before being officiated as knights and princesses of Hever. All knights and princesses of Hever will receive a ‘Knight School Certificate’ to take home.
Knights & Princesses School takes place daily until 28 August and is included in normal Hever Castle admission prices; spaces should be booked on arrival at the Information Centre.
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:
To find out more about the summer medieval jousting tournament, follow the links above.
Looking to book a late break away? There are still rooms available at our luxury bed and breakfast throughout August. Far from lastminute.com – a stay at Hever will provide you with a home away from home for your summer 2017 holiday. With an award winning hearty breakfast, luxury interiors, the softest bed linen, exquisite bathrooms – all nestled in the garden of England.
Whether you’re looking for a romantic setting for two or a place for all the family there’s plenty at Hever to do at Hever.
As a couples retreat: take long romantic strolls around the lake, and take in the beauty of the landscape. Explore the gardens before and after opening hours all to yourselves and sit under the stars in the new Courtyard Garden.
As a family, the children will love exploring the Yew Maze, pretending to be knights and princesses and getting wet in the Water Maze. Parents can sit back and relax and take in the fresh Kentish air.
Bedrooms from £167.50 to include breakfast and entrance to the Castle.
Whether you are wishing to book an intimate festive lunch, fabulous party night or a private celebration, Hever Castle Golf Club is the perfect venue for your Christmas celebrations. With on-site accommodation available, you can dine and dance the night away with friends, family or colleagues.
Our popular Boxing Day Carvery will also be available, with a choice of sumptuous roast joints and delicious desserts to follow.
Please call Kate on: 01732 701017 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org for a brochure or to check availability.
We look forward to putting some sparkle into your Christmas this year.
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