Journey Through History During The Bank Holiday Weekend
24th – 26th August
Step back in time at Hever Castle & Gardens during the August bank holiday weekend.
Journey through History takes visitors from the age of the Romans, the Saxons and Vikings, Tudors and Stuarts through to the Georgian and Edwardian times when William Waldorf Astor used this fortune to restore and extend the castle and right up to World War II.
In the grounds wander through the encampment to watch the Vikings and the Saxons go head to head with weapons displays. Experience medieval life with demonstrations of armour, medicine, cooking and weaving. There will also be the opportunity to watch archery displays and men at arms skirmishes.
The popular Summer Jousting Tournament will be coming to a close for the season, so grab the last chance to see the thrilling action, stunts and falls following the procession of Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn from the Castle forecourt to the arena. Battling it out in the saddle and on foot in one-to-one combat, the valiant knights will compete for points to find this season’s ultimate champion.
Be entertained with music from the reign of Elizabeth I and learn how to dance Elizabethan style. Experience the Golden Age of Piracy and gain an insight into the Georgian period with conversations relevant to 1769, songs from the period and silk patchwork on display.
Learn what it would have been like during the Edwardian period and then into World War I when the Astor family transformed marshland into the spectacular gardens you see today. Read about the history in the Castle and meet characters from the era in the grounds.
Children can also have their face painted, enjoy the challenge of the Water Maze and Yew Maze or burn off some energy in the Acorn Dell or Tudor Tower play areas.