King (and Queen) of the castles
Kids love castles and Kent’s finest are lowering the
drawbridges for half term. Grab a warm coat and get
Super sleuths, secret agents, and investigators are needed at
Dover Castle, for hands-on spy training.
Across half-term have fun with weird wigs and mad moustaches and
see if anyone recognises you with your new identity.
Find out how real double agents and spies hid secret information
and then, just like Q in the James Bond films, have a go at making
The activities run from February 16 to 24.
Meanwhile, the snowdrops are just starting to appear at Hever
Castle, near Tonbridge, and the castle’s snowdrop trail from
February 16 to 24 is a great way to get the whole family venturing
outdoors. Enjoy an exhilarating walk in the magnificent gardens,
follow a snowdrop trail and spot the early buds of camellia and
Following the trail is a great way to wake up the system and a
dusting of frost adds to the beauty of a walk in the award-winning
gardens. You’ll discover interesting facts about this symbolic
little flower such as the origins of its name, its preferred
habitat and the number of different species and varieties.
Storyteller, the Lady of the Wildwood returns to delight young
visitors with stories of spring and energetic visitors may wish to
take the challenge of the one hour Hever Lake Walk around the
perimeter of the boating lake. Look out for signs of wildlife and
make sure the youngsters take along a camera to record the
breathtaking photo opportunities.
From Monday, February 18 to Sunday, February 24, why not head to
Bodiam Castle and have an adventure exploring the grounds and
castle ruins on the Muddy Boots Trail. Help Sir Dallingridge and
his forester as he inspects Bodiam’s estate tracking the plants and
wildlife that inhabit the grounds. You may even be rewarded for
Visitors can spend all day exploring the extensive castle ruins
and attractive grounds. See the castle’s original wooden portcullis
in the Gate House and discover the battlements and towers with
their stunning views over the Sussex countryside.
In the castle shop visitors can browse gifts and produce,
including Bodiam wine and local honey.
From February 18 to 24 at Leeds Castle families can vote for a
court jester for the summer season.
Each family will be given a voting card on entry for them to
vote for their favourite jester at the end of the day. Youngsters
can also perfect juggling and other circus skills in a fun-packed
showcase presented by professional jugglers. The shows will be
followed by a hands on workshop, where children and adults can
learn skills including juggling, the hula hooping and plate
spinning. For times and ticket prices go to www.leeds-castle.com
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