Family Fun at Hever Castle & Gardens

Bonjour lecteurs! I hope you had a lovely Bank Holiday Weekend? It was a busy one for us! Indeed, we dropped Baba at Nanny S. on Saturday and we had a good night out in London! After picking him up on Sunday, we stopped by for some Family Fun at Hever Castle & Gardens. The place is famous for being Anne Boleyn’s childhood home, but Hever Castle & Gardens has so much to offer! Make it a day out in Kent if you are in the area!

Hever Castle & Gardens – Un peu d’Histoire...

Situated in the heart of Kent just next to Edenbridge, Hever Castle & Gardens is a romantic double-moated 13th-century castle that you may have seen in many movies!

With over 700 years of history, it is one of the most loved and visited places in the area of Sevenoaks.

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Pretending to be a princess for a few minutes…

The place is huge with over 125 acres of grounds and beautiful gardens!

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And you come across some history everywhere you go!

And if you fancy un peu d’histoire, have a look at the castle. It was the childhood home of Anne Boleyn, second wife of Henry VIII and Mother of Elizabeth I.

A Drink With A View By The Lake

We arrived a little bit after 12 pm and as it was a sunny Bank Holiday Weekend. No surprise that Hever Castle & Gardens was very busy! However, there is so much space, it never felt crowded while we were there!

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We paused for a drink and Baba was at ease

Having parked at the back of the castle, we started with a drink with a view of the lake.

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Pause and relax

If you fancy, you can even discover the lake at your own pace with a rowing boat or a pedalo. It was so peaceful!

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We need to get a pedalo!

And to even make it more exciting, there was some jousting tournament on the ground as well as actors walking around.

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I was good, I had a diet coke 🙂

The whole thing was made so that you could feel like in the old days and actors kindly posed for some photos!

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Surrounded by kings and queens…

Enjoying the Gardens

To start slowly and savour the day, we then went for a walk around the numerous gardens! My fave has to be the Italian Garden with its Pergola Walk. With the gorgeous weather we had, it was lovely to walk along with the antiquities & the beautiful flowers.

Because there is so much space, kids can run around and it is all safe.

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Get dreaming with the numerous gardens available

You can even bring a picnic and settle down for some time on the grounds. It is truly a stunning setting!

So Many Activities & More

And to keep busy, there is always something on at Hever Castle & Gardens.

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A peaceful spot in the shade

On that day, we could witness some jousting but we also saw some crews teaching kids how to be knights.

The atmosphere was so family-friendly and there was truly something for all ages to have fun!

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You could even shop!

Grumpy Boyfriend stopped by some local beers producer stand while I had a look at some vintage decorations.

Kids Entertainment

So much to do! But to be fair, Baba was very eager to show us his castle! Indeed, Hever Castle & Gardens also features a lovely playground for little ones.

With Acorn Dell, a play area composed of a 2-metre high living willow structure, a giant sandpit & a grassy mound, Baba kept busy there for a little bit!

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You have to have a sandpit! This one is truly royal!

En plus, there are also some tree tunnels, a climbing frame and a slide bien sûr!

Acorn Dell

The Frenchie Baba knows well the place as he has been many times there with Nanny S. and he was so happy to show me around like it was his own chateau 🙂

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The King in his own castle…

The place is so realistic with sounds too (just press a button and you can hear the fire crackle par exemple!). It was like being back in the days of Henry VIII and other royals!

To be fair, I think I could be used to the life of a princess…

Yew Maze & Water Maze

The place also offers a ‘classic’ Yew Maze for you to get lost and have a little adventure.

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Walking amongst the wildlife too!

But as it was so hot, we spent most of the time in the Water Maze! Another fab feature of Hever Castle & Gardens. It was so nice to walk along with it and go up the mini-tower while getting a bit of water too.

Surrounded by trees, the rest of the family could rest in the shade while I was running after a half-naked Baba 🙂

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Let me share a pic before I got a bit wet at the water maze 🙂

Oh, joy! We truly made some lovely memories there!

Hever Castle & Gardens – Le Verdict

Hever Castle & Gardens is a must-see if you are in Kent! What a lovely day out we had! Such family fun in some gorgeous settings.

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We will need to come back soon!

And there is so much to see and do, you will never get bored!

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Baba was intrigued by the canards

And if you fancy seating a bit longer, you can even enjoy a show at Hever Castle & Gardens.

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So much to see and enjoy for a full fun day out!

Oui! There is a stage and the place offer many events with live music, theatre and much more!

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It was like being back in time!

Fancy pretending to be a princess? You can even stay overnight at the Bed & Breakfast. There are 28 stunning bedrooms in the Astor Wing & the Anne Boleyn Wing for you to dream!

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Shall we stay overnight one day?

Or get married there! Imagine the pictures you would get in such a charming venue!

It is up to you! Either way, you will make some magic memories at Hever Castle & Gardens! It is an astonishing attraction for a family day out in Kent!

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Such a lovely place! If you are in Kent, spend a day there!

 

Have a look at Hever Castle & Gardens’ website for future events and see what you can enjoy next time you visit! Prices start at £8.90 for children and you can even get a family pass for £44.

 

 

Disclosure: We received free tickets to visit Hever Castle & Gardens. All opinions are my own as always! We truly had a fab time! 

37 Comments

  1. MARIA ROGERS
    August 30, 2019 / 4:52 pm

    I love Hever castle, the grounds are stunning!

  2. Lynn savage
    August 30, 2019 / 6:51 pm

    It’s been quite a while since I’ve visited. The last time i went there was a History Festival going on and we got to try lots of activities.

  3. Priscilla Stubbs
    August 30, 2019 / 7:02 pm

    That looks like another great day out with something for everyone

  4. Lizzie V
    August 30, 2019 / 7:28 pm

    I’d heard of it but have never been. Now I really want to go, it looks fab!

  5. Margaret Gallagher
    August 30, 2019 / 7:37 pm

    Amazing place – many years since we’ve been – time to go soon

  6. Julia Kerr
    August 30, 2019 / 9:24 pm

    Wow, I love history and this looks like a great place to visit

  7. kelly ledder
    August 30, 2019 / 10:09 pm

    This looks a great day out your pics are amazing!

  8. Tracy Nixon
    August 31, 2019 / 5:10 am

    I love Hever castle -great day out!

  9. Emma platt
    August 31, 2019 / 7:24 am

    Looks like there is something there for everyone and it looks lovely too.

  10. Lyndsey
    August 31, 2019 / 10:24 am

    What a lovely place, fab day out

  11. Rebecca Nisbet
    August 31, 2019 / 5:59 pm

    i love a good castle, we love going to Warwick castle

  12. Abida Parveen
    August 31, 2019 / 7:28 pm

    Looks beautiful place

  13. Rachel Walsh
    August 31, 2019 / 8:21 pm

    Looks lovely! What a great day for it!

  14. Ritchie Dee
    August 31, 2019 / 9:41 pm

    Looks like fun

  15. Rich Tyler
    September 1, 2019 / 12:57 am

    Great for family memories

  16. Belinda Porter
    September 1, 2019 / 12:38 pm

    thank you for the review it looks fun and educational

  17. charlotte isobelle
    September 1, 2019 / 4:11 pm

    This looks so picturesque for a day out!

  18. Nicola Sadler
    September 1, 2019 / 5:36 pm

    Fantastic! Beautiful to walk around, take in history and no crowds.

  19. Fiona jk42
    September 2, 2019 / 1:28 pm

    It really is a stunning castle.

  20. Natalie Burgess
    September 2, 2019 / 3:21 pm

    Ive heard of Hever castle but never been. It looks great and is now on our family to do list!! Xx

  21. Amanda Walsh
    September 2, 2019 / 8:24 pm

    This looks stunning, I love a nice castle to look around

  22. Tee Simpson
    September 2, 2019 / 8:53 pm

    Wow. What a busy weekend. Looks like on for our days out list.

  23. Tracy Nixon
    September 3, 2019 / 4:10 am

    What a beautiful place to visit!

  24. Annabel Greaves
    September 3, 2019 / 1:26 pm

    Looks like a great place to visit

  25. Sharon Freemantle
    September 3, 2019 / 6:08 pm

    What a beautiful Castle I’ve not been there before. It looks like you had a fabulous time.

  26. Carrie-Anne Brown
    September 3, 2019 / 7:24 pm

    beautiful photos and looks like you all had an amazing time!

  27. September 4, 2019 / 6:55 am

    Looks beautiful i love to visit Castles and old remains

  28. September 4, 2019 / 10:11 am

    Looks lovely and nice and peaceful . Would love to visit sometime

  29. Jeanette Leighton
    September 4, 2019 / 3:35 pm

    Looks great I’m a Tudor and henry VIII fan so it looks right up my street

  30. Annaloa Hilmarsdottir
    September 5, 2019 / 8:24 am

    What lovely photos ! This would be a great day out with a picnic!

  31. john prendergast
    September 5, 2019 / 2:48 pm

    Lovely place

  32. Sarah Lambert
    September 6, 2019 / 3:09 pm

    Looks such a lovely peaceful place

  33. Samantha O'D
    September 6, 2019 / 6:29 pm

    Great photos, such a beautiful place

  34. Sharon Freemantle
    September 8, 2019 / 2:37 pm

    This looks a fabulous place to visit

  35. Amy Jo McLellan
    September 8, 2019 / 8:59 pm

    This looks lovely! What cute duckies.

  36. Twirlywhirly
    September 10, 2019 / 10:13 am

    Hever Castle is amazing, great blog my grandchildren pretend their Kings & Queens when they visit castles, amazing photos

  37. Julia Kerr
    September 14, 2019 / 12:36 am

    It looks like a great place for a family day out

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