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:
- Autumn Colour
- Halloween Half Term Fun
- Christmas at Hever Castle
- New Adventure Playground
- Halloween Dine & Stay
- Christmas at Hever Castle Golf Club
Go straight to Christmas at Hever Castle
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 Chesnut 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.
AUTUMN COLOUR TRAIL (DAILY)
Collect an Autumn Colour Trail on arrival to learn about trees of note and interest and to discover some of the best colour hotspots in the grounds.
GUIDED TOURS OF LAKE WALK (October 16 – 20 AT 11:30AM)
From 16 – 20 October, enjoy a leisurely Guided Tour of Lake Walk (approx. 1 hr – 1 hr 15 mins) with our gardening team.
See parts of the grounds many visitors miss, including:
- a stunning waterfall surrounded by vibrant autumn leaves
- the new Monet style bridge
- three Second World War pillboxes built to defend key crossing points on the River Eden
- and the impressive Japanese Tea House.
Double double, toil, and trouble! Once again this October half term, Hever Castle will be cast under the bewitching dark spell of Halloween. With cobwebs in every corner and ghosts hiding in the cupboards, witches and wizards unite this half term to marvel in the magic!
Meet Vicious Vampire and his Goblin friend in the Creepy Crypt and hear terrifying tales of goblins, trolls, witches and vampires. Follow the eerie Halloween trail, help ward off vampires with a spooky activity and sink your teeth into a sweet treat. With prizes for the best creepy costumes, a visit to Hever Castle is sure to be fang-tastic fun for all the family.
October is here, there’s no denying it – Christmas is coming!
Pre-booked Father Christmas – SOLD OUT
Twilight Christmas – SOLD OUT
But whether you pre-book for Father Christmas or Twilight Christmas, or not – there will still be magical experience to be had at Christmas at Hever Castle.
This year our Christmas is all about the traditional Christmas carol. You’ve sung them in church, at school, or with friends and family and you know all of their words by heart, but do you know the stories behind some of the best-known Christmas carols? Walk through the rooms of the Castle adorned with beautiful decorations and learn about the history of these seasonal songs. Follow the Christmas trail and discover the Twelve Days of Christmas as you wander through the illuminated gardens as dusk falls.
After an unfortunate delay, we’re very excited to announce that this autumn we will be unveiling a new adventure playground.
‘Tudor Towers’ is set to be bigger than a four bedroom house with its own moat, drawbridge and three turrets.The giant structure will feature three slides and two poles and lots of interactive elements split into three houses: Hawk (Astor), Bull (Bullen/Boleyn) and Squirrel (Waldegrave).
Children will be able to experience a castle under siege with one side left incomplete as if is under attack! With a cargo net to climb, cries of archers and a drawbridge there’s plenty to keep the kids occupied.
There will also be a Dining Hall with room for Henry VIII and his six wives complete with the homely sounds of a crackling fire. Tudor Towers will feature multiple different entrances and exits including a hidden Priest Hole.
As well as instruments to play, a roof maze to solve and hidden boxes to find, it will be sure to entertain everyone from the younger child to the teenager.
Hever Castle & Gardens Annual Membership provides admission for 298 days a year. Costing from just 11p a day for an adult, it’s exceptionally good value.
It’s a fantastic time of year to join; enjoy what’s on in October at Hever Castle be it our autumn colour trail, Halloween half term fun or simply a sun-blessed stroll.
Become a member now and you will be able to benefit from half price Twilight Christmas tickets (pre-booking essential), bring a friend for free in November as well as receiving these year-round benefits:
- Visit just three times to start saving
- 10% discount in the Moat Restaurant, Guthrie Pavilion and Ice Cream Kiosks
- 10% discount in the Clubhouse Bar & Restaurant
- Priority booking for Christmas at Heve Castle
- Amongst many other Astor Wing and Golf Club offers, see all membership benefits.
Ciaran O’Keeffe will once again be returning to Hever Castle on Tuesday 31 October to host our annual Halloween Dine and Stay event. Join us for this sell out evening which offers the opportunity to dine in the Castle, hunt ghosts, and partake in paranormal investigations.Then spend the night in one of the five star bedrooms located in the Astor Wing of Hever Castle. Breakfast the next day is included as is the opportunity to stay and enjoy the Castle and gardens on Wednesday 1st November 2017.
Tickets cost £200.00 per person based on two people sharing a Deluxe bedroom. Upgrades are available to a Feature bedroom at £20.00 pp and a Superior bedroom at £25.00 pp.
Non-residential ‘dinner and entertainment only’ packages are also available at £95.00 per person.
Whether you are wishing to book an intimate festive lunch, join one of our fabulous party nights or enjoy a private party, Hever Castle Golf Club 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.
Dates are filling up fast, so book your Christmas Party Night now! Book by 13 October and receive a complimentary bottle of bubbly for your table. £37.95 per person, to include a 3 course festive meal with cracker and novelties, and disco entertainment until midnight.
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 & mints.
We look forward to putting some sparkle into your Christmas this year.
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