What’s on in July at Hever Castle

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July Events

Summer, summer, summertime! At Hever you can unwind – or explore to your heart’s content! Find out what’s on in July at Hever Castle.

With the promise of a warm summer on the horizon, get your diary out and pencil in our upcoming events for a summertime to remember.  

Hever Castle’s famous jousting contest is back and the battle is as fierce as ever. Don’t forget to get your pooch included in the fun this summer! Castle Canines is all for the love of dogs, treat them to a day out. We’re very excited to announce a new event for summer 2019, Once Upon a Castle. We need you to help us locate a new shield for Flame the Dragon and the Princess’ missing cat.

And when you’ve got a breather to think about yourself, why not enrol onto a one day course over the summer or an RHS Level 2 course

In August you can join us for an exclusive dining experience with Lord Astor. This spectacular evening will provide a fascinating insight into Lord Astor’s time at Hever Castle and the unique experience of life on the Hever Castle Estate.

The Waterside Bar, Restaurant & Terrace and Hever Castle Health & Wellbeing Centre are now both officially open. All dining facilities, treatments and classes are available to both visitors and members.

Jousting at Hever Castle
Once Upon a Castle
Castle Canines
Hever Festival Theatre
Study at Hever Castle
An Evening with Lord Astor
The Waterside and Health & Wellbeing Centre

Jousting Tournamentssummer of Jousting

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:

13 & 14 July
20 & 21 July
27 & 28 July
10 & 11 August
17 & 18 August
23 – 26 August

To find out more about the summer jousting tournament, follow the links above. 

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Flame the dragon

Once upon a castle

Join us on the 27 & 28 July for a new summer event, Once Upon a Castle

We need your help locating a new shield and a Princess’ missing cat at Hever Castle this summer holiday. 

Your little ones will be able to meet Flame the Dragon (he’s friendly, we promise!) and go on an adventure through the gardens to find a new shield to replace the one he has accidentally burnt.

Then step into the Castle and help look for the princess’ cat and meet fairy tale creatures along the way.

You will also have a chance to experience what it was like to live in Tudor England. As you wander through the garden you will discover displays of authentic Tudor crafts, armour making and cookery as well as live demonstrations of archery and crossbow.

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what's on in July

Castle Canines

Join us on the 3 & 4 August for the paw-fect weekend for all dog lovers with stalls, entertainments and prizes for the best pooches.

Castle Canines is a weekend dedicated to our four legged friends – whether you own your own dog or just love them, there is something for everyone.

Enjoy displays and entertainment from a variety of dogs including Newfoundland Dogs in Action who will be doing a water display on the lake.

Parade your pooch as part of the Hever Castle dog show (£1 to enter) with rosettes for the most Dashing Dog, Beautiful Bitch, Super Senior, Perfect Pup or Best Dressed Dog. On Sunday, owners can enter the Ravishing Rescue and Wonderful Wag categories as well.

You can also enter your hound into have-a-go agility (£1 to enter), how clever is your dog (£1 to enter) and seek advice on caring for their canine. During this weekend dedicated to your four-legged friends there will also be a variety of stalls to browse.

Hever Castle & Gardens is very proud to welcome dogs on leads and the 125 acre grounds at all times of the year. Lake Walk is particularly popular for owners both at Castle Canines or all year around.

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Hever Festival Theatre

hever festival theatre

The Festival Theatre is a stunning open air venue set in the gardens of Hever Castle. 

Upcoming performances include Lost Voice Guy Live!, Elmer the Patchwork Elephant Show and Michael.

Hever Castle’s annual members receive 5% off all ticket prices for the Festival Theatre.

Call the box office on 01732 866114 (M-F, 10-2) and quote HC&GM19 or book online with the same discount code.

Learn more about becoming an Annual Member here.

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one day courses

Throughout July and August, a number of one day courses are being held at Hever Castle.

rhs LEVEL 2 courses

Hever Castle has partnered with the Royal Horticultural Society once again as an Approved Centre to host three RHS Level 2 courses starting in September. 

Whether you’re looking to develop your skills or take the first steps into a career in horticulture, these courses are the perfect pairing to a love of gardening. 

Click the links below to see further information on course content, schedule, dates, costs and how to apply:

an evening with lord astor

Join us for an exclusive evening with Lord Astor at the Dine and Stay event.

This spectacular evening will provide a fascinating insight into Lord Astor’s time at Hever Castle and the unique experience of life on the Hever Castle Estate, detailing how the Castle was used and developed, sharing memories and fun anecdotes, an insight into the famous guests that visited the Castle and stories of some of the events that were hosted on the Estate.

Combine an overnight stay in the luxury five star accommodation located in the Astor Wing of Hever Castle with a sumptuous dining experience, together with a private Castle tour conducted by Lord Astor and an after-dinner speech.


The Waterside

the waterside and Health & wellbeing centre

The Waterside Restaurant, Bar & Terrace and Health & Wellbeing Centre can be found only one mile from the Castle & Gardens entrance.

Annual Members receive 10% discount on Osteopathy, Physio, Massage and Beauty treatments, plus 10% discount on food and drink at The Waterside. Discover the full range of benefits here.


The new dining area at Hever Castle Golf & Wellbeing looks out onto a scenic pond and fountain, from a decked area for 50 people as well as soft seating for around 20.

The landscaping around The Waterside Terrace is inspired by the floral backdrop at Augusta Golf Club in America which plays host to the Masters.

Golfers and visitors can enjoy a refreshing drink or tempting snack from the healthy new menu while overlooking the stunning new outside area at breakfast or lunchtime.


The new Hever Castle Health & Wellbeing Centre is now open to the public and members of the Golf Club. 

The Clinic consists of five rooms with three osteopaths, massage therapists, physiotherapists, a beautician and a nutritional therapist. 

The Studio also hosts Yoga, Pilates, and Paracise™ classes.

All treatments and classes are available to both visitors and members. 


Scroll to the top of ‘What’s on in July at Hever Castle‘ to see all of our July events and plan for the summer.

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