Hever Castle, Edenbridge, United Kingdom
Hever Castle, Edenbridge, United Kingdom
Nothing says ‘Christmas’ quite like a visit to Father Christmas at Hever Castle. Travel through the land of Christmas, meet cheerful elves and wander along the paths until you get to Father Christmas’ toy workshop to meet the big man himself! This experience is in a marquee, a covered but open staged setting. As a B&B or Medley Court Guest we have allocated an exclusive time for you to visit the Grotto and meet Father Christmas. These visits are available at 4.15pm on the afternoon of your arrival. Tickets for the castle and gardens are included in your stay so it is only necessary to purchase Father Christmas tickets per child. These must be pre-booked at a cost of £12 per child and are only available at this time slot.
As a B&B or Medley Court Guest you will receive an exclusive guest viewing of the Castle on the day of your departure between 11:30-12.00 before the Castle opens to the General Public. If you would like to view the Castle at another time during your stay a timed slot will need to be reserved with the Reception team upon check in. Times are allocated on a first come first served basis.
As a B&B or Medley Court Guest you are of course invited to explore the Gardens during day visitor hours from 11:30 – 20:30 each day, however you will also have access to the majority of the Gardens before this time.
Begin your experience on the Pinocchio Christmas Trail in ‘Geppetto’s Workshop’ surrounded by his wonderful woodcarving creations. See Pinocchio in Stromboli’s puppet show before Pinocchio is captured in a cage by the Fox and Cat.
Journey through the land of toys and discover it is not quite what it seems. ‘Head under the sea’ to rescue Pinocchio’s father and see the whale and shipwreck. As the trail finishes, the Blue Fairy grants Pinocchio’s wish of becoming a ‘real boy’.
Spot Jiminy Cricket throughout the trail and the grounds.
It takes around 30 minutes to follow the Pinocchio Christmas Trail.
The magical Christmas Light Trail experience starts at 16:00 when you can wrap up warm and enjoy a walk under the stars. Witness the enchantment of the Castle, gardens and lake festooned with fabulous colours and twinkling lights, capturing the spirit of Christmas.
Bring torches and pop on your wellies to see the spectacular, after-dark, illuminated trail and Hever Castle’s much-loved landmarks lit up with glorious colour washes.
This year the light trail will include new areas of the grounds not previously lit before.
It takes around 1.5 hours to follow the Christmas Light Trail.
As well as exploring the captivating displays on the trail, meet characters from the Adventures of Pinocchio as you wander through the gardens on weekends and daily 8 - 24 December.
In front of the Castle, ride the gallopers then head to the big wheel (new for 2021) and have a go at hook a duck. Tokens for rides and stalls are available for purchase during your visit at £2 each, £9 for 5 or £18 for 10.
Big Wheel Restrictions:
• Anyone under 36in/92 cm can’t ride the big wheel
• You must be 48in/121cm tall to ride on the big wheel without an adult
• No single riders, 3 people per chair is the maximum
These restrictions are for your safety and there are no exceptions.
On weekends only until 24 December, meet the huskies and take your photo as a memento (suggested £2 donation towards Siberian Husky Welfare Association).
Appreciate relaxed Christmas shopping in the Gift Shops, and sample delicious festive food in the restaurants and kiosks.
Hever Castle is delighted to be working with the Make a Wish Foundation. Visitors will be able to donate to the charity before and during the Christmas event.
Tickets cannot be resold, exchanged, transferred to another date or refunded once tickets have been purchased unless the event is cancelled or covered by refund protection purchased.
Any refunds due to event cancellation will be less any booking fees, donations or refund protection charges incurred.
Please be sure that you choose the correct date and time slot time when making your booking. Tickets are non-transferable. This is highlighted throughout the booking process.
It is recommended that Refund Protection is considered when purchasing tickets for Christmas at Hever Castle. This option is available at the time of booking, you cannot add it to your order after you have paid. Please read the terms and conditions of this policy carefully before booking.
If you have purchased Refund Protection during the booking process then you may cancel your booking subject to the terms and conditions that are on your policy confirmation.
Cancellations will not be offered in the event of poor weather. If Hever Castle determines that the weather on site presents a hazard and a risk to safety and a decision is made to cancel the event, you will be notified by email of a cancellation and you will be informed of the re-booking process if this is feasible. If an alternative date cannot be offered or attended then a refund will be considered on a case by case basis. Any refunds will be less any booking fees, donations or refund protection charges incurred.
If you cannot attend due contracting Covid or having to self isolate as a result of Covid, you can request to transfer your booking to an alternative date or cancel your booking and apply for a refund. To do this please email email@example.com and include your booking reference in the email title together with proof of your diagnosis or requirement to isolate.
Should the event be cancelled due to government guidance, you will be notified and offered an alternative experience, date or full refund. If the decision is made to cancel the event, you will be notified by email of a cancellation and you will be informed of the re-booking process if this is feasible. If an alternative date cannot be offered or attended then a refund will be considered on a case by case basis. Any refunds will be less any booking fees, donations or refund protection charges incurred.
As per current measures – see here.
Face coverings must be worn in indoor spaces including the Grotto (exemptions apply).
Hever Road, Hever, Edenbridge, Kent, TN8 7NG United Kingdom