What’s on in October at Hever Castle

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What’s on in October

October – perhaps the best time of year to see Hever Castle with the glowing autumn colour. The Boston ivy which adorns its walls goes through a dramatic and dazzling transformation this month as the leaves slowly turn a deep brooding red. Acers, oaks and ironwood trees light up the skies with magenta, yellow and fuschia leaves. The crisp autumn air will have you feeling totally immersed in the season, so have some fun, pop on your welly boots and kick up the fallen leaves! 

With the nights drawing in, grab a pen and paper and start planning an autumn to remember, and with the festive season just around the corner – you can start planning an outing to Christmas at Hever Castle too.

Explore what’s on this October and over the upcoming months:

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Autumn Colour


As the air turns crisp and a rich display of autumn colour envelops the countryside; pack your wellies and head to Hever Castle. Enjoy the crunch of leaves underfoot and spectacular autumn hues.

The summer perennials may have faded, but the riot of colour in the grounds has only just started. Across the grounds, shades of orange, magenta, and yellow hypnotise at every turn. Be dazzled by the vibrant tones of acers, whilst the historic Chestnut Avenue will have you feeling fully absorbed by autumn’s beauty.

It’s the season to enjoy the tumble of leaves from the trees, early morning mists and mellow fruitfulness. So pack your walking shoes and head for Hever this autumn for a day to remember.

This autumn, the gardening team will be helping you learn how to salvage, dry and store seeds, passing on the essential skill of seed collecting. The Garden Exhibition will house examples of the seeds collected by the gardeners from the gardens at Hever. 

There will also be free garden tours of Faith’s Garden providing information about seed collecting. These will take place at 11:30am on Tuesday and Wednesdays throughout October (with the exception of the Halloween Event). 

Plus your little ones will be able to take on the Leaf & Seed Collection Challenge. If they collect different seeds and leaves from Anne Boleyn’s Walk and Lake Walk, they will be given a bulb to take home and plant.


Halloween half term


Prepare to be spooked this Halloween at Haunted Hever. For autumn half term we have a vast array of spook-tacular events on at the Castle for you and your little ones.

Join the spooky storytelling, take part in the Halloween craft activity, follow the scarecrow scavenger hunt around the grounds and sink your teeth into a sweet treat at the deadly delicious biscuit decorating workshop* (*small additional charge).

Don your scariest outfit to take part in the fancy dress costume (with prizes for the best dressed) and finish your spooky creation off with a freakish facepaint* (*small additional charge).

Step into the Castle and let your little ones find the hidden bats. Meanwhile you will have the chance to read up on gruesome Victorian tales!


Christmas at Hever Castle

Christmas at Hever Castle

This Christmas we will be taking you on a magical journey down the rabbit hole and into the enchanting world of Alice in Wonderland. During the day you will be met with beautifully decorated Castle rooms, welcoming log fires and twinkling Christmas trees.

Outside in the grounds follow the whimsical Alice in a Christmas Wonderland themed interactive trail and wander through the illuminated gardens as dusk falls. 

For a magical after dark experience, wrap up warm and enjoy a walk under the stars at Twilight Christmas. Witness the enchantment of the Castle and gardens festooned with fabulous colours and twinkling lights, capturing the spirit of Christmas.

daytime Christmas TWILIGHT TICKETS 


A late 16th century portrait of Richard III is now on display at Hever Castle for the first time – 567 years to the day he was born.

The painting of the monarch – which has never been publicly displayed before – was officially unveiled in the Castle’s Long Gallery by historian, Dr David Starkey.

This late Tudor portrait of the monarch is an example of the only painted portrait-type of Richard, best known from a 16th century panel in the collection of the National Portrait Gallery. The portrait-type probably derives from a now lost original that was painted from life.

Whilst you are in the Castle make sure you check out the Stage & Screen exhibition in the Moat Room. Two dresses from the film Anne of the Thousand Days, which celebrates its 50th anniversary this year, and a sword dredged from the moat after filming for The Passionate Pilgrim starring Eric Morecambe and Tom Baker, will be among the items on display.



Friend for free


Did you know that Hever Castle’s annual membership comes with a huge range of benefits?

As well as helping us to conserve the Castle and Gardens, you will receive priority booking for selected events, discounts in the restaurants, shops, Hever Castle Golf Club, Hever Castle Health & Wellbeing plus more!

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Halloween dine and stay

Hever Castle’s spooktacular Halloween Dine & Stay is taking place in the Luxury Bed & Breakfast on Thursday 31st October – Friday 1st November.

This year, we are introducing a fantastic new evening with ‘Murder at Hever Castle’, a traditional 1930’s Agatha Christie-style murder mystery. 

This spectacular event will combine an overnight stay in Hever Castle’s Luxury accommodation with a sumptuous dining experience, together with mysterious activities and events.

The Castle and gardens will be open for you to enjoy both on your day of arrival and departure.


Christmas at Hever Castle

Christmas at Hever Castle Golf & WELLBEING

Whether you are wishing to book an intimate festive lunch, join one of our fabulous party nights or enjoy a private party, The Waterside at Hever Castle Golf & Wellbeing is the perfect venue for your Christmas celebrations. With on-site accommodation available, you can dine and dance the night away with friends, family or colleagues. Book a Party Night before 31st October and receive a complimentary bottle of Bubbly for your table!

Christmas Parties

Our party nights are taking place on Friday 6th, Saturday 7th & Friday 13th December. £39.95 per person, to include a 3-course festive meal with cracker and novelties for all guests and disco entertainment until midnight.

Festive Lunches

Available from 1st – 24th December, enjoy your personal selection from our Festive Menu in front of our roaring log burner.

Adults ~ 2 courses £21.50 ~ 3 courses £25.50
Children ~ 2 courses £13.50 ~ 3 courses £15

Boxing Day Carvery

Carry on the festive celebrations and let us look after you. 2 courses, including a choice of sumptuous roasts and delicious desserts with coffee & mince pies.

Adults ~ £25.50
Children ~ £14.50

Please call Kate on: 01732 701017 or email: golfclubfunctions@hevercastle.co.uk to check availability and to book.


We look forward to putting some sparkle into your Christmas this year.

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