Hever Castle is a thirty minute drive from Cumberland House (16 miles) and sits on the Kent/Surrey/Sussex border. The castle has a long history – going back over 700 years but as well as offering a place to gen-up on your basic knowledge of the Tudors, it offers a wealth of other activities and interest opportunities.
Hever Castle became a focal point in English history as it was the home of Anne Boleyn – Henry VIII’s second wife (and mother to Elizabeth I), and later it was owned by the wealthy Astor family who restored and extended the Castle in the early 20th century. However, many summer events reflect its medieval ancestry and there is plenty coming up this summer!
Hever Gardens boasts 125 acres of private grounds and are highly recommended – with a variety of themed areas including the Italian Gardens, The Rose Garden, The Tudor Garden and even a Chess Garden which takes its name from the topiary chess pieces cut from golden yew.
The original medieval defensive, double-moated Hever Castle with its gatehouse and walled bailey was built in 1270 and it is recommended that to visit both the castle and grounds you should allow approximately four hours for your visit.
The Knights of Royal England will be holding their jousting tournaments over the following weekends: July 16th & 17th, July 30th & 31st 2016 and 3 weekends in August too.
Jousting fields open at 1pm, with the royal procession of Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn starting at 2pm and tournament commencing at 2.15pm:
“…a variety of mediaeval shows which include up to 90 minutes of spectacular action, stunts, falls, fights and galloping horses, a warm up, introductions, fanfares, professional commentary and music throughout the show”.
The 23rd and 24th July 2016 encompasses a whole ‘Medieval Weekend’ including stalls and attractions. Tickets for seating in the Medieval spectator stands can be purchased upon arrival at the stands with cash only on a first come first served basis.
Or what about something completely different and, as well as visiting the castle and gardens enjoy the fun of displays and entertainment offered at Paws at the Castle – a weekend dedicated to our canine friends on the 6th and 7th August 2016.
“Something for everyone” is as good an accolade as any, and in this respect combining a stay at Cumberland House B&B and a visit to one of England’s most important cultural venues is about as good as it gets!