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Flame the dragon

NEW FOR 2019: once upon a castle 27 – 28 july

We need your help locating a new shield and a Princess’ missing cat at Hever Castle this summer holiday. 

Unfortunately Hever Castle’s brave knight has lost his shield. Flame the Dragon accidentally set it on fire, it flew away and now we don’t know where it has landed.

Pick up a map and go on an adventure through the gardens to find a new shield to replace the one Flame burnt. 

Then step into the Castle and help look for the Princess’ cat and meet fairy tale creatures along the way.

You will also have a chance to experience what it was like to live in Tudor England. As you wander through the garden you will discover displays of authentic Tudor crafts, armour making and cookery as well as live demonstrations of archery and crossbow.

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Tudor encampment at Tudor Living event - Hever Castle


Archery demonstrations – FREE
Head to the jousting field and watch live demonstrations of Tudor Archery and Crossbow.
Times: 11:00 – 17:00

Flame the Dragon – FREE
Come and say hello to Flame the Dragon, he will be wandering throughout the grounds.
Times: 11:00 – 17:00 (10 minutes every hour)

Shield Quest – FREE
Flame the Dragon has burnt Hever Castle’s knight’s shield and now the knight has lost it! Go on a quest through the gardens to find a new shield.
Times: 11:00 – 17:00 

Castle Quest – FREE (Castle ticket required)
The Princess has lost her cat! Follow her on a quest to help find the cat and meet fairytale creatures along the way.
Times: 11:00 – 17:00 

Living History – FREE
Visit the reenactment camp and you’ll learn about various aspects of Tudor Life.
Times: 11:00 – 17:00 

The popular Summer Jousting Tournament will be in full swing, so don’t miss the procession from the Castle forecourt as Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn lead visitors through the grounds to the Jousting Arena.

Round off a memorable day in your summer holiday with a spot of shield painting* for the kids or get the whole family involved in ‘Have-a-go-Archery’* (*additional charge). The Water Maze is the perfect place to cool down on a warm summers’ day, plus don’t forget there is also Tudor Towers adventure playground and Acorn Dell play area to explore.

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

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