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. 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 for a preview round at a special rate. As well as hosting our first ever springtime Wedding Showcase, the Castle and Gardens will be coming to life with our May Day Festival and Edwardian Life event. Plus, spaces are selling fast on our sell-out RHS courses that start in September and we’ve introduced a new course in Practical Horticulture.
Find out what’s on in May at Hever Castle:
- May Day Festival
- Edwardian Life
- Father’s Day
- Hever’s Home Front
- RHS Courses
- Wedding Showcase
- Golf Membership
MAY DAY FESTIVAL
Celebrate May Day at Hever Castle & Gardens over the early May Bank Holiday. The May Day Festival runs from 5 to 7 May with a host of customs and activities for all the family to enjoy.
Join the Lord and Lady of the May on the Castle Forecourt and see the crowning of the May Queen. Visitors are invited to dance around the Maypole with brightly coloured ribbons intertwined. This age old custom is followed by demonstrations of May Day Dancing accompanied by 16th century music and a playlet about the traditional story of the battle of the seasons.
Meet the mythical Jack-in-the-Green and follow the Green Man from folklore in a traditional May Day procession through the gardens as he wakes up the plants for summer with the help of children and their magical May bells (2.30pm). There’s a Green Man Hunt around the grounds and a Green Man trail through the Castle, plus children can have their face painted* (*additional charge).
At this time of year, the award-winning gardens and grounds are a feast for the eyes, with the delicate blossom of pear, apple and cherry trees to lift the spirits. Stroll through the Pergola Walk where the walls are bedecked with an array of Wisteria and admire the colourful bedding plants in the Italian Gardens.
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 play traditional Edwardian games in the Castle or explore the rooms to learn about the history of the time. 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.
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.
Visitors can enjoy a traditional Punch and Judy show with a Tudor twist (look out for Henry VIII and his six wives!) as well as try their hand at games from the period including a coconut shy* (*small additional charge), tin-can alley and bean bag race or enjoy a leisurely game of croquet on the lawn.
See full event details here.
Spring is in the air at Hever Castle and we are very excited to be hosting our first ever springtime Wedding Showcase.
As a change to our previous wedding showcase events, this one will take place in the evening. Join us after work and shake of the day over a glass of fizz and a light supper, as you take in the beauty of the Hever Castle Estate.
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.
Wander at your leisure around the spectacular facilities and experience first hand the magic of a wedding at Hever Castle. Meet the team who will be available to discuss your requirements and to answer any questions you may have. To make this a truly special event, stay the night of the showcase in our luxury Bed & Breakfast.
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
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.
Children can make a car themed keyring in a free craft workshop or have their faces painted. Visitors aged 7-14 can explore the Tudor Towers adventure playground with its own moat, drawbridge and three turrets.
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 16 June and fabulous Ferraris on Sunday 17 June.
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.
Hever’s Home Front
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 grounded life-size Spitfire.
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)
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!
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.
Not played at Hever before? Come for a preview round at a special rate, should you subsequently join we’ll even refund you!
Joining couldn’t be easier – our Membership Manager will help guide you through our categories so that your membership fits your requirements.
We are also running an open week from Monday 4th June, keep your eyes open for some special offers!
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