Our visit to Hever Castle last weekend has been an important date in our diary, in particular because my four year old is a massive fan of ‘Mike the Knight’ and has been asking to visit a ‘real castle’ for quite a while. We visited this beautiful castle and grounds on Sunday afternoon, for the wonderful Christmas Around the World event which is taking place daily until 24th December.
When we arrived at Hever Castle, we decided to do the craft activity first, which involved making a mini Christmas tree pinata decoration.
As a very un-crafty mother, I like to get Harry involved in as many crafty things as possible when we are out of the house, and he managed to make a pretty good pinata with the help of his dad, which is now hanging proudly on our Christmas tree.
We then moved on to the adventure playground, where Harry had a run around while Ben had a go on the swing.
This is a fantastic playground and despite the chill in the air, there were plenty of other children enjoying it too.
Our next stop was the stunning Castle which has been so carefully and beautifully decorated for Christmas.
We left the pushchair in the courtyard which was adorned with lights and Christmas trees and carried Ben around in the baby-bjorn, which he loves being in – he was kicked his chubby little legs and squealed his way around the castle with excitement.
The friendly staff members were dressed in traditional outfits and we met ‘Anne Boleyn’ in the entrance hall who was able to point us in the direction of the ‘suits of armours’ which my little knight fan was so keen to see.
There were traditional Christmas trees and roaring log fires throughout the castle and each room was adorned with beautiful decorations and engaging information about how people in different countries celebrate Christmas. We felt like we had stepped back in time!
As we left the castle, it was beginning to get dark and there was a truly magical atmosphere. We followed the fairy lit Christmas trail along the snowy path up and around the grounds which were illuminated by the beautiful castle.
We stopped a couple of times along the way to listen to some stories about Christmas around the world, told by characters from another era. We didn’t visit Santa’s grotto this year, but it will definitely be on the agenda for 2016.
At the end of the fairytale trail, we warmed up by one of the log fires outside the gift shop and had a look at the traditional nativity scene and real donkeys.
We didn’t get a chance to visit the restaurant or maze this time, but I know this is somewhere we will be returning to regularly over the coming years.
We are so lucky to live near to such beautiful place! Christmas Around the World is open daily up until 24th December and from 19th December, visitors can meet characters from Christmas stories from around the world and ‘hug a husky’ in the Husky Hideout as well as the lovely craft session daily. More information can be found here.
Looking for something to do after Christmas? You can visit Hever for some lovely winter walks and the wishing tree. Read more about it here.