Tue 27 June 2017
9:30 am - 6:00 pm
Our summer coach outing this year, on Tuesday 27 June, is to Hever Castle – rated 4 stars by Simon Jenkins.
Dating back to 1270, Hever Castle was the childhood home of Anne Boleyn and has on display two beautiful illuminated prayer books which belonged to her.
The oldest part of the Castle is the Medieval Council Chamber in the Gatehouse which dates back to the 13th century. Timber-framed Tudor additions were built in the 15th and 16th centuries by the Boleyn family and can still be seen. In the early 20th century a wealthy American, William Waldorf Astor used his fortune to restore and extend the Castle. His workmen used, as far as possible, the same materials and tools as Tudor and Elizabethan craftsmen.
Panelled rooms, fine furniture, important collection of Tudor portraits can be enjoyed on our free-flow visit to the house – there are stewards in every room or multimedia guides can be hired.The gardens of Hever are glorious and include the Italian Garden, traditional yew maze, grottoes, classical statues and a 38-acre lake with loggia, Japanese Tea House and boating. Lots to explore!
We will be visiting during the “Hever in Bloom” event – 4000 English roses in the gardens and floral arrangements throughout the House. If you want, you can join a free guided garden tour (45 minutes- 1 hour) at 11.30am.
You are welcome to bring a picnic or eat at the self-service restaurants – hot meals, sandwiches, freshly baked cakes etc
The coach will leave from outside Richmond Theatre, Little Green at 9.30am and will leave Hever at 4.30pm.