JUNE EVENTS AT HEVER CASTLE
Summer has just begun, it’s time to get out and explore!
Dad’s favourite day of the year, Father’s Day, is just a couple of weeks away. This year we’ve got a fantastic display of supercars as well as a number of food offerings which are guaranteed to tickle his fancy.
And arguably the best time of year to see the gardens is upon us. Hever in Bloom takes centre stage at the end of June. Not only is it considered our rose week – the best time to see the beautiful blooms; but a riot of colour runs through the grounds, making it the perfect time of year to visit for garden lovers and wanderlusters alike.
With summer so close, why not start to plan your family days out. This month we’re hosting Hever’s Home Front. Go back to the wartime era with a replica full size Hurricane, dancing and vintage stalls. The jousting season is also just around the corner, see full details and dates on the jousting pages.
Coming soon to Hever Castle Golf Club is The Waterside Bar, Restaurant & Terrace. It will include a pond and fountain, a decked area for 50 people as well as a soft seating for around 20. There will be a lawn area for outdoor games as well as a boule court.
Plus if you have recently got engaged, we’d love for you to attend Hever Castle’s Wedding Showcase. You will have the rare opportunity to experience Hever Castle’s beautiful venues set up for a wedding and meet various approved suppliers.
What’s on in June:
- Hever’s Home Front
- Father’s Day
- Hever in Bloom
- Jousting at Hever Castle
- RHS Courses
- Wedding Showcase
- The Waterside Bar, Restaurant & Terrace
Step back in time and experience a taste of wartime Britain at Hever’s Home Front in this 1940s event.
Experience the sights and smells of the time with authentic cooking along with displays of US military vehicles.
Move 1940s style with a swing dance in the tea dance tent, tap your toes to music from vocalist Miss Annie or browse stalls selling vintage wares and refreshments.
Get into the nostalgic spirit by dressing up in period costume with prizes for the best dressed visitors. Finish off your outfit with a trip to our 1940s hair salon for a fitting do.
Meet Winston Churchill and enjoy displays of period model boats on the Moat. Plus, you will even be able to have a selfie with a grounded life-size model Hurricane.
Say thank you to dad this Father’s Day with a memorable supercar themed day out at Hever Castle & Gardens.
This two-day event is supported by the Alfa Romeo Owners Club and Ferrari Owners Club of Great Britain with a stunning selection of Alfa Romeos on display on Saturday 15 June and fabulous Ferraris on Sunday 16 June.
There will also be two rare Lancias, a Lancia Fulvia 1600 and Lancia Integrale will also be on display as well as bikes and a car driven by world famous F1 champion, the late Sir John Surtees.
Your little ones will be able to make a car themed decoration in a free craft workshop or have their faces painted* (*£4 charge).
Hever Castle’s annual garden event showcases the glorious award winning gardens at the height of their summer beauty. Enjoy one of the finest displays of more than 4,000 roses in Kent, the Garden of England.
This year Hever Castle is supporting horticulture charity, Perennial. Perennial helps anyone who creates or maintains gardens, parks, sports facilities and other green spaces when they are facing tough times. During Hever in Bloom you will also have the chance to meet representatives from Perennial and have a chat to them about their work.
As well as the guided tour, there will be daily floristry workshops where you will be able to make a flower crown with the guidance of Emma, an ex-gardener at Hever turned florist.
Make sure to head inside the Castle to see the stunning English floral displays by in-house florist Pamela Brise.
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.
The annual Summer Jousting Tournaments begin at Hever castle on 13 and 14 July.
Jousting is taking place on the following dates:
To find out more about the summer jousting tournament, follow the links above.
Keep up to date with the jousting leader board throughout the season.
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.
This qualification provides knowledge of the scientific principles which underpin horticultural practices:
1. Plant classification, structure and function
2. Plant nutrition and the properties and management of soils and growing media
3. Maintaining plant health through understanding pest, disease and weed lifecycles
4. Principles and practices of plant propagation in horticulture
This course provides a firm foundation of knowledge to anyone interested in horticulture as well as providing a route to employment in professional horticulture and supporting career development for those already working in the profession:
1. Understanding garden features, plant selection and planning
2. Understanding the choice, establishment and maintenance of garden plants and lawns
3. Understanding the production of outdoor vegetables and fruit
4. Understanding protected environments and their use in plant cultivation
This is a practical-based qualification to develop the essential skills needed to work in horticulture or to further develop your interest. The qualification consists of 6 mandatory units and 1 optional unit.
Six Mandatory units:
- Soil testing (1 credit)
- Sowing seeds and vegetative propagation techniques (2 credits)
- Practical skills in ground preparation for seeding and planting (2 credits)
- Practical skills in establishing seeds and plants in soil (2 credits)
- Care and pruning of plants (3 credits)
- Identification of a range of common garden plants, weeds, pests, diseases and disorders and beneficial organisms (3 credits)
- Sustainable garden practice (2 credits)
- Safe operation of powered garden machinery (2 credits)
- Establishing, repairing and maintaining a lawn (2 credits)
- Practical skills in vegetable growing (2 credits)
- Practical skills in the maintenance of established soft fruit (2 credits)
- Practical skills in the maintenance of established top fruit (2 credits)
Hever Castle is once again hosting a stunning Wedding Showcase, giving guests the rare opportunity to experience our beautiful venues set up for a wedding.
There will be a selection of mouth-watering delights available from our Award Winning caterers Leith’s. Cocktails, fizz and hot refreshments will be served throughout the evening.
Be it the stately grandeur of the Castle itself, the country house atmosphere of the Astor Wing, or the stunning lakeside location of the Guthrie Pavilion, Hever Castle offers a dream-come-true location for your special day. Intimate gatherings, exuberant parties, and outdoor weddings are all catered for. Five-star luxury accommodation is available to book as part of your wedding.
Chat to a select collection of recommended suppliers and gather ideas for your big day.
Take advantage of exclusive showcase special offers and check availability for your preferred date.
Register your attendance in advance by emailing your details and a brief outline of your wedding day requirements to firstname.lastname@example.org
The Waterside Bar, Restaurant & Terrace is open to all Hever Castle Golf Club members and non-members. It will include a pond and fountain, a decked area for 50 people as well as a soft seating for around 20. There will be a lawn area for outdoor games as well as a boule court. Scented shrubs and soft lighting will carry on the wellbeing theme into the garden area and is expected to open in July 2019.
Do you have an event or special occasion? We are now taking bookings for The Waterside. The perfect setting for any occasion, be it small and intimate or a larger gathering.
View the new menu here.
Food Service times
Monday – Friday: 7.30am – 5pm
Weekends & Bank Holidays: 7am – 5pm
Various parts of the Golf Club are also available for hire, whether it be for a Christmas party, birthday party, christening or corporate event.
Jump to the top of ‘What’s on in June at Hever Castle’ to see full details on all of our June events and goings on.