Easter family fun at Hever Castle

Easter family fun at Hever Castle

A family day out has been overdue for ages now. We have been excited about visiting Hever Castle in Kent since the beginning of the year, when we first planned to visit during the Easter school holidays! Whilst it wasn’t quite the warm spring weather we’d hoped for, the rain fortunately stayed away for the duration of our visit. This lent itself to us fully enjoying the Lindt gold bunny hunt as we explored the beautiful gardens surrounding the castle!Β 

Lindt gold bunny hunt

When we’d arrived at Hever Castle, we were provided with the Lindt gold bunny hunt map and quiz along with another couple of leaflets.Β  It wasn’t long at all before we spotted a golden bunny and soon afterwards we found our first #LindtGoldBunny stop. When you get to each stop there is a (multiple choice) question on the quiz for you to answer.

Lindt Easter bunny hunt at Hever Castle

We enjoyed walking through the gardens, (more about those later), looking out for bunnies as we went along. Naturally, we made a pit-stop when my mum spotted locally produced Solley’s ice cream for sale! Autumn enjoyed having some too.

We had a great view of the castle and another giant gold Lindt bunny while we ate too!

Golden Lindt bunny at Hever Castle, Kent, Easter 2018

Before long we were on our feet again and found the last stop on the trail. Upon completion of the quiz, you can claim your prize of a Lindt gold bunny. Autumn was delighted!

Autumn with her Lindt gold bunny prize after the Easter hunt at Hever Castle

Gardens

I’d last visited Hever Castle on a school trip when I was in Year 4. I’m not sure I visited the gardens, but if I did then I didn’t remember them! However, as an adult I can fully appreciate their beauty. You could just keep taking photos as there are so many interesting elements of the gardens.

Italian Garden at Hever Castle in the spring

Landscaped Italian garden at Hever Castle

Autumn enjoyed walking around them too.

Toddler holding grandparents hands in the Italian garden at Hever Castle

I’d love to visit again in the summer when there will likely be more colour. However, the spring flowers and daffodils were absolutely beautiful too!

Spring flowers in the garden at Hever Castle

To me, they’re a sign of new beginnings and the (hopefully) brighter, warmer weather to come in the following months. I didn’t see any, but there should be tulips in bloom within a fortnight or so, which will also be a lovely sight to behold – Hever Castle actually have a Tulip Festival from mid to late April. That said, the castle and grounds are beautiful all year round, even on a windy and gloomy overcast day.

Willow tree at Hever Castle

The moat at Hever Castle

The Castle

Hever Castle in the spring, beautiful daffodils at Easter

The Tudor period has always been one of my favourite parts of history to study. To stand where Anne Boleyn would have stood, lived and played is amazing. Perhaps surprisingly, it looks much more cosy than your average castle.

Hever Castle

My parents and I are interested in history, but my husband Dave isn’t so much. Pushchairs aren’t allowed in the castle, so he stayed outside and walked around with Autumn, catching Pokemon and taking photos of a heron who was looking eagerly into the moat. There is a lot to look around inside the castle and I was surprised that I remembered several things from my previous visit when I was 9 years old! Hever Castle must have left quite an impression on me; I have to say I’ve been keen to go back ever since.

There are various artefacts to look at including large tapestries. I remembered the one in the dining room from my last visit, as the sheer size of it amazed me.

Tapestry at Hever Castle

Meanwhile, the craftsmanship of the woodwork and ceilings in many of the rooms is admirable.

It is thought that Henry VIII may have stayed in the largest bedroom when he was courting Anne Boleyn. It’s easy to see why he was given that room, as it is very grand. Except for some familiar Tudor family faces above the fireplace, all the wood panelling in the room is original. I’m not sure that many new build houses today will last anywhere near as long!

More Easter events

When we entered the castle, it was not long before closing time. However, there was another Easter quiz in there with some very interesting questions. They are multiple choice and are answered by a figure on top of an Easter egg in the next room you visit. I don’t want to spoil them all for you, but I chuckled when I found out giraffes used to be known as cameleopards!

Easter bonnet workshop marquee at Hever Castle, Kent

To the left of the castle, near the information kiosk and shop, there are currently some marquees. There, children can take part in an Easter bonnet craft workshop and a best bonnet parade. Autumn didn’t take part in this as she was too young, but it’d be great fun for slightly older children! There’s also a fantastic looking playground nearby, so there is certainly a lot to entertain younger members of the family too. We all had a great time.

Family fun at Hever Castle

Easter activities at Hever Castle for 2018 end on Sunday 15th April, make sure you don’t miss out!

Disclosure: My family and I visited Hever Castle in exchange for this review. As always, all views and opinions are honest and my own.Β 

Country Kids
 

9 Comments

  1. bryony - perfectly imperfect mama
    15th April 2018 / 3:56 pm

    This looks so pretty!! I love places like this.

    • Autumn's Mummy
      16th April 2018 / 9:41 pm

      I went there for the first time when I was 9 on a school trip and did just that! Kids, eh? πŸ™‚

  2. 16th April 2018 / 11:16 pm

    Oh I’m very pleased to see this as we are going next weekend and I can’t wait. We were supposed to go Easter Friday but the weather was so awful we never made it there. Mich x #countrykids
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    • Autumn's Mummy
      16th April 2018 / 11:48 pm

      Oh, it was horrible weather on Easter Friday! I hope you have a lovely time πŸ™‚

  3. 17th April 2018 / 10:14 pm

    I love the look of Hever castle. It looks beautiful inside and out and the gardens are stunning. I wonder how many gardeners it takes to keep an estate looking like that? There are certainly more ‘wild areas’ at Coombe Mill! Autumn looks very taken with her first taste of ice cream and golden bunny, that would be enough to keep any girl returning! Beautiful photos even in the old spring weather, I bet it will change so much in the next couple of weeks as summer sets in.

    Thank you for sharing with me on #CountryKids

  4. 18th April 2018 / 9:29 pm

    This truly is a lovely day out. I hadn’t realised that Lindt had it’s own Easter bunny trail. #CountryKids

  5. Jonny (daisythebus)
    19th April 2018 / 8:15 am

    Those gardens sure do look interesting, as does the wooden panelling – wow! Looks like you had a great day, and I hope your husband caught some good PokΓ©mon! πŸ™‚ (My son is also a big fan)
    #CountryKids

  6. 20th April 2018 / 7:51 am

    Hever castle looks so lovely and those daffodils! We love to roam National Trust properties and gardens this time of the year for similar reasons – all splendid and blooming! #countrykids

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