Join Henry And Anne For May Day Festival At Hever Castle
The May Day Festival runs from 4th to 6th May at Hever Castle & Gardens with a host of customs and activities for all the family to enjoy.
Join Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn on the Castle forecourt and have a chance to dance around the Maypole with brightly coloured ribbons intertwined. This age old custom is followed by demonstrations of May Day Dancing accompanied by 16th century music and a playlet about Robin Hood to herald the arrival of summer.
Meet the mythical Jack-in-the-Green and follow the Green Man from folklore in a traditional May Day procession through the gardens as he wakes up the plants for summer with the help of children and their magical May bells. There’s also a Green Man trail through the grounds and a Duckling Trail in the Castle and children can have their face painted*.
At this time of year the award winning gardens and grounds are a feast for the eyes, with delicate blossom of pear, apple and cherry trees to lift the spirits. Stroll through the Pergola Walk where the walls are bedecked with an array of Wisteria and admire the colourful bedding plants in the Italian Gardens.
Visitors aged 7-14 can explore the Tudor Towers adventure playground with its own moat, drawbridge and three turrets and those under 7 can enjoy Acorn Dell, natural play area with its 2 metre high living willow structure, a giant sandpit, a mound with tunnels to clamber in and a climbing frame.
With the days getting warmer, adventurous children can risk a soaking as they navigate the Water Maze while more fun awaits in the Yew Maze – how long will it take you to find your way out? Boats are also available for hire* from the Edwardian boathouse. To round off the day, head for the award-winning restaurants where delicious lunches will be served. Or bring a picnic to eat in the designated picnic spots – the perfect way to celebrate the coming of summer.