What’s on in May at Hever Castle

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May events at Hever Castle 

May, the month where the gardens are awoken for summer, the days seem never ending and the temperatures begin to soar. This month the gardens spark into life with the most stunning displays of wisteria, azaleas and rhododendrons.

If you’re looking for an education then we’ve got two writing courses coming up in May and June. The sell-out RHS courses will also be returning to Hever for a second year in September. It’s also the month to explore the Estate. As it’s National Golf Month why not take to the greens with one of our experienced PGA Professionals for a ‘Get into Golf’ Package. Or indulge and plan a summer party to remember at the Castle or Italian Garden.

Find out what’s on in May at Hever Castle:

Writing Courses
Edwardian Life
Father’s Day 
Hever’s Home Front
RHS Courses
Summer Parties
Golf Business Space

 what's on in may

Writing Courses

Hever Castle has partnered with critically acclaimed author Mark Oldfield to host two one day novel writing courses on 13th May and 10th June 2017.

Ideal for anyone wanting to write quality fiction, the day covers a variety of techniques and approaches to help aspiring writers develop storylines, structure and plan their book, write effective synopses and of course edit.

Participants will study various ways of creating suspense and tension, creating atmosphere, developing realistic characters and writing convincing dialogue. Furthermore you will also examine ways of getting your book into shape before submitting it to agents and publishers. Find out more about the writing courses here.


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Edwardian Life

Go back in time to the early 20th century this May half term and enjoy a fascinating glimpse of the Edwardian era just before the First World War when the Astors were in residence.

Children can take part in an Edwardian school where old fashioned PE sessions will take place and the ‘three Rs’ of reading, writing and arithmetic are taught each day in an old fashioned classroom. While a fun time is promised for all, children need to mind their p’s and q’s to avoid upsetting the teacher!

Learn about the study and collection of butterflies and moths from our colourful resident lepidopterist. Meet costumed characters from the era as you explore the award-winning gardens, and look out for visitors arriving in full Edwardian dress with prizes for the best dressed boy and girl each day.

Roll up! Roll up! All the family can try their hand at traditional games of the period including a coconut shy, tin-can alley, and bean bag race, or enjoy a leisurely game of croquet on the lawn.

Follow an Edwardian quiz though the rooms of the Castle to find learn which stories captured the imagination of children in the period. Explore the rooms of the Castle to learn about Edwardian history. Discover the Astor family’s ‘rags to riches’ story in an interactive exhibition in the Astor Suite. Listen to interviews with former ‘below stairs’ staff on old fashioned telephones and radios and watch rare archive home movies from the Astor’s collection. See full event details here

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Father’s Day WEEKEND

Say thank you to dad this Father’s Day with a memorable Super Car themed day out at Hever Castle & Gardens.

Presented in partnership with the Henry Surtees Foundation, in memory of British racing Legend John Surtees, there will be classic cars on display as well as fun activities for the kids.

Children can colour and decorate a card for their dad in a free craft workshop and test out the kart simulator for a race around Buckmore Park with an extra incentive of a prize for the fastest lap* (*small donation required).

On Saturday (17 June) they can get a snap of their dad in a Ferrari* (*small donation required) and admire over 50 Alfa Romeos from the Alfa Romeo Owners Club.

On Sunday (18 June) appreciate a spectacular collection of Ferraris from the Ferrari Owners Club of Great Britain and peruse cars and bikes from the late John Surtees’ collection along with prints, clothing and other merchandise to support the work of the Henry Surtees Foundation.

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Hever’s Home Front 

Step back in time and experience a taste of wartime Britain at Hever’s Home Front in this 1940s event.

To mark Armed Forces Day, re-enactors will be demonstrating what it would have been like to live and work in the countryside during the 1940s.

Experience unique living history from the Home Front in a classic double decker bus containing reconstructions of a 1940s living room, shop, bombed out street and air raid shelter replicating the sights and sounds of the time.

Move 1940s style with a swing dance in the tea dance tent, listen to the Sweetheart Swing duet or visit the 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 salon for a fitting do.

Meet Winston Churchill and enjoy displays of period model boats on the Moat. Have a selfie with a grounded life-size model Hurricane or a ¾ size model Spitfire.

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RHS courses

Hever Castle has partnered with the Royal Horticultural Society once again as an Approved Centre to host two 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


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Summer packages

Looking for the perfect venue to hold your summer party? With a beautiful mix of old English charm, unapologetic luxury, rich history, and award winning gardens – let it be Hever.

With an abundance of outside space on offer at Hever Castle, step into summer 2017 with party packages that combine the history of the 680-acre estate with beautifully designed menus to suit.

Italian Garden Summer Party packages combine an Italian inspired menu with the Italian inspired planting and statuary found in the formal Italian Garden.  

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Astor Summer Party packages combine the American influence of William Waldorf Astor who resided in the Castle and built the Astor Wing in the early 1900’s, with an American inspired menu.

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Both packages offer the flexibility to build on what is listed. You may add additional beverages, expand the menus or perhaps add some summer entertainment to enhance the party atmosphere. Quote for upon request.

If you would like to visit and view either venue option or check date availability please contact Kate Rowbottom on krowbottom@hevercastle.co.uk.

golf club offers


Hever Castle Golf Club has recently renovated part of the Clubhouse to develop modern office spaces. Nearing completion, these business lets will soon be available on short or medium term leases.

The Boleyn Office Suite is a commercial property divided into 6 office spaces but can be let as a whole and feature:

• High speed fibre broadband and Wi-Fi access
• 24 hour access through a private, access controlled, entrance
• Free car parking
• Cat 5 networked
• Private WCs and kitchenette
• Access to full AV equipped meeting room at the Clubhouse
• Access to the Astor Bar & Restaurant at the Clubhouse
• Networking opportunities at the Clubhouse
Accommodation nearby

Additional benefits include:
• Discount on Hever Castle Golf Club membership
• Discount on Hever Castle & Gardens annual membership

If you would like to make a viewing or would like to receive information on pricing, please contact the Club General Manager Jon Wittenberg on jwittenberg@hevercastle.co.uk or call 01732 701006.

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