Tudor Jubilee Celebrations: June 2nd – 5th
Royal Half Term Fun: June 6th – 10th
Best of British Garden Festival: June 15th – 24th
Throughout June, romantic Hever Castle near Edenbridge in Kent will be celebrating the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee with a programme of special events.
Join in the merriment of a royal celebration when Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn revisit Anne’s Coronation in a weekend of Tudor entertainment. “Tudor Jubilee Celebrations” takes place from June 2nd – 5th with Tudor music, have-a-go archery and demonstrations from a variety of craftsmen of the period. There’s a display of copies of the Coronation crown jewels including crowns and exquisite royal jewellery as well as a competition for the best dressed prince and princess.
This is followed by “Royal Half Term Fun” from June 6th – 10th. Younger visitors are invited to recreate the splendour of Court life as they dress in Tudor costume plus interactive demonstrations on dressing a Knight from specialists on life in Tudor times.
From June 15th – 24th the “Best of British Garden Festival” sees beautiful floral displays created by Sevenoaks NAFAS fill the Castle rooms with colour and fragrance to celebrate the Diamond Jubilee. Classic car lovers have the opportunity to view around 15 Aston Martin cars up close on Sunday 24th rounding off a week of classic celebrations.
June sees the quintessential English rose garden reach the peak of perfection. Inhale the scent of over 4,000 roses as you wander through the rose beds planted in blocks of colour from palest pink to deep crimson and rich purple. In the Italian Garden, red, white and blue planting adds a patriotic feel to this award-winning garden.
History comes to life in a special exhibition in the Long Gallery. “A Royal Romance” revisits the Coronation celebration of one of the Castle’s most famous occupants, Anne Boleyn. The exhibition showcases a replica of Anne’s Coronation gown and traces the route the Coronation procession took through London back in June 1533.
After enjoying the Coronation activities, head for the award-winning restaurants decorated with bunting. Here you can enjoy a celebration lunch while watching nostalgic videos of the Coronation year. The perfect way to round off your visit in royal style.
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.
For further information, telephone 01732 865224 or visit www.hevercastle.co.uk