A taste of the Mediterranean returns to Hever Castle in Kent on September 1st – 2nd. The romantic castle’s Italian Garden provides the perfect backdrop for the Mediterranean Weekend with their combination of Italian statuary, topiary and colourful planting. Besides finding design inspiration in abundance, visitors can see which exotic plants they can grow in their own garden such as fiery chillies, olives and zesty citrus fruits.
Costumed historical interpreters will bring the Roman statues in the Italian Garden to life with short interactive plays. Join Hercules, Bacchus, Diana and Actaeon to name but a few as they entertain visitors throughout the day. Try your hand at have-a-go Roman archery with expert instruction for all the family. And enjoy a taste of the Mediterranean in the award-winning restaurants where a flavour of the continent awaits.
The magnificent Gardens at Hever were laid out between 1904 and 1908 by the Castle’s last private owner, William Waldorf Astor. The Italian Garden was designed to house Astor’s remarkable collection of Roman and Renaissance statuary and sculpture, collected while he American Minister in Rome. Some pieces are over 2,000 years old and can be seen displayed on the large rectangular lawns.
On the north side, the twelve foot high “Pompeiian Wall” provides a backdrop for a series of small individually planted gardens where the columns, urns and statues are enveloped by shrubs and climbing plants. Along the southern side runs the Pergola Walk with its grottoes shading moisture loving plants like ferns and hostas. Hidden in the centre of the lawn behind a tall hedge lies the Sunken Garden, an oasis of peace and tranquillity – the perfect place to enjoy a Mediterranean Weekend in the heart of the Garden of England.
Best known as the childhood home of Anne Boleyn, historic Hever Castle houses a fascinating collection of treasures, from portraits and paintings to furniture and tapestries. For further information, telephone 01732 865224 or visit www.hevercastle.co.uk.
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.