Edwardian Life


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Edwardian Life

Edwardian Life: May 26 – June 3 
May Half Term Family Fun

During May half term at Hever Castle you can meet costumed characters from the Edwardian era and play traditional games of the period. Prizes for the best dressed Edwardian boy and girl each day.

Step back in time to the early 20th century when the Astor family were in residence for half term family fun at Hever Castle with Edwardian Life.

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.

Edwardian Life - Tin Can Alley

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. 

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.

Visitors will also be able to meet our very own suffragette who will be on hand to help children colour in a sash in a free craft workshop.

Besides bringing the captivating ‘Upstairs, Downstairs’ years of the period vividly to life, the event is a great opportunity to enjoy some old-fashioned family fun in the magnificent grounds of this former Edwardian home.

Edwardian life butterfly man

activities details


11.30 = Lepidopterists Butterfly Hunt

12.00 = Punch & Judy – Traditional Punch & Judy (Followed by best dress prize.)

14.00 = Lepidopterists Butterfly Hunt

14.30 = Punch & Judy – ‘Punch & the dragon’ – with Richard the Lion Heart! (Followed by best dress prize.)

15.00 = Lepidopterists Butterfly Hunt

15.30 = Punch & Judy- ‘Punch and the Spanish Armada’ (Followed by best dress prize.)

Half-moon Lawn: Suffragette Sash Making Workshop and traditional games of the period   

Time: 11.00- 17.00   

Castle: Edwardian Children’s Games (Castle entry ticket required.)

Time: 12.00- 17.00



Horseshoe Lawn & Castle Forecourt:

Meet Edwardian soldiers, civilians and Suffragettes and see what life was like for them in Edwardian times.

Time: 11.00- 17.00

Always check details before travelling. Hever Castle reserves the right to close all or part of the Castle and grounds and to change or cancel events. Please note that use of partner offers may be restricted or not valid on event days.


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