Welcome in the spring with traditional folk and Tudor dancing, from May 5 – 7. Set against the glorious backdrop of the historic castle, the event promises lots of fun for all the family.
Join costumed dancers as they circle the Maypole with brightly coloured ribbons intertwined. The origins of dancing round the Maypole are shrouded in mystery, though by the mid 14th century the custom was well established across southern Britain. Over the following centuries, Maypole dancing gained in popularity as it brought local communities together to celebrate spring.
The entertainment continues as a group of Morris Men adorned with bells perform their uniquely English folk dance to a lively medley of traditional tunes. Based on rhythmic stepping while wielding implements such as sticks, swords, handkerchiefs and bells, the dancers have to be both light on their feet and nimble to carry out the deceptively simple dances which date back to the 15th century.
Then step into the award-winning gardens to see the delicate blossom from the pear, apple and cherry trees, closely followed by the azaleas and rhododendrons. Stroll through the Pergola Walk where the walls are bedecked with an array of Wisteria, and enjoy the many attractions Hever Castle offers visitors of all ages.
Gardens open at 10.30am; Castle opens at 12 noon. Last admission 5pm; final exit 6pm. Admission Prices: Adults £14.50; Seniors £12.50; Children £8.30; Family ticket £37.30. Telephone 01732 865224 or visit www.hevercastle.co.uk