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 (hopefully!). The gardens spark into life with the most stunning displays of wisteria, azaleas and rhododendrons – it’s most definitely the month to explore the Estate.

As it’s National Golf Month why not come to the Golf Club and discover the wide range of membership options starting from just £44 per month. Whilst you are at the Golf Club, explore the new Health & Wellbeing Centre which has a studio and 5 treatment rooms. As well as hosting our first ever dine and stay with Lord Astor, the Castle and Gardens will be coming to life with an Edwardian Life event and Father’s Day weekend. Plus, spaces are selling fast on our sell-out RHS courses that start in September. 

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

what's on in may

Edwardian Life: 25 MAY – 2 JUNE

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.

In the Castle, your little ones can learn about Edwardian inventions. 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.

You will also be able to enjoy a traditional Punch and Judy show as well as games from the period including hoopla, tin-can alley, boules or a leisurely game of croquet on the lawn.

Plus children will also have a chance to learn about the different servants that worked at Hever Castle and their duties with the ‘Astor’s Butler’ at Butler School.

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An Evening with Lord Astor

an evening with lord astor: 14 & 15 august

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.

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Father’s Day WEEKEND: 15 & 16 june

Say thank you to dad this Father’s Day and spoil him with a memorable Super Car 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. As well as the Alfa Romeos and Ferraris two rare Lancias, a Lacia Fulvia 1600 and Lacia Integrale will also be on display as well as bikes and a car driven by world famous F1 champion, the late Sir John Surtees.

Plus, your little ones will have the chance to take part in a free craft workshop and make dad a decoration to hang on his rear view mirror.

And after all this hungry work enjoy some family time with a variety of food options from a barbecue to pizza and hog roast as well as more hearty lunch options in our two restaurants finished off with ice cream or a variety of mouth-watering homemade cakes.

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Hever’s Home Front: 22 & 23 june

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

Experience what it was like during the Second World War by taking part in a swing dance, tap your toes to music from vocalist Miss Annie or browse stalls selling vintage wares and refreshments.

Experience the sights and smells of the time with authentic cooking along with displays of US military vehicles.

Get into the nostalgic spirit by dressing up in period costume with prizes for the best dressed visitors hosted by Viv the Spiv. 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 or have a selfie with a life-size model Spitfire.

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Rose Garden

hever in bloom: 25 – 30 june

Hever Castle’s annual garden event showcases the glorious award winning gardens at the height of their summer beauty. You will be able to 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.

Head Gardener, Neil Miller, is also offering free guided tours of Faith’s Garden. The tour will last approximately 45 minutes and you will be able to learn about the newly planted perennial garden. Neil will also be sharing some top tips on how to choose and plant the best echinaceas, crocosmias, asters, agapanthus and grasses.

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RHS 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. 

RHS LEVEL 2 CERTIFICATE IN THE PRINCIPLES OF PLANT GROWTH, PROPAGATION AND DEVELOPMENT 

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

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RHS LEVEL 2 CERTIFICATE IN THE PRINCIPLES OF GARDEN PLANNING, ESTABLISHMENT AND MAINTENANCE

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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rhs level 2 certificate in practical horticulture 

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:

  1. Soil testing (1 credit)
  2. Sowing seeds and vegetative propagation techniques (2 credits)
  3. Practical skills in ground preparation for seeding and planting (2 credits)
  4. Practical skills in establishing seeds and plants in soil (2 credits)
  5. Care and pruning of plants (3 credits)
  6. Identification of a range of common garden plants, weeds, pests, diseases and disorders and beneficial organisms (3 credits)

Optional units:

  1. Sustainable garden practice (2 credits)
  2. Safe operation of powered garden machinery (2 credits)
  3. Establishing, repairing and maintaining a lawn (2 credits)
  4. Practical skills in vegetable growing (2 credits)
  5. Practical skills in the maintenance of established soft fruit (2 credits)
  6. Practical skills in the maintenance of established top fruit (2 credits)

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Golf membership

The sun is out, there’s lots of run on the fairways, the greens are true and quick… now is the time to kick off your golf season and make the most of the summer months!

With 3 nine hole loops starting and finishing at the Clubhouse, over 20 hours of Members Only times a week and great practice facilities, we’ve got you covered.

With a wide range of membership options starting from just £44 per month, we have something for every type of golfer. What’s more, we’ll even give you a month discount.

Joining couldn’t be easier – our Membership Manager will help guide you through our categories so that your membership fits your requirements. 

For further details view our rate card or contact Steve, our Membership Manager, on 01732 701004 or email membership@hevercastle.co.uk.

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