Saturday November 21st – Thursday December 24th 2020
Visits to Father Christmas in his Grotto must be pre booked. Grotto sessions for our Guests start at the time shown on your tickets. Children must be accompanied by a maximum of 2 adults (Maximum 5 persons per group). Your Grotto booking time is the time you are required to arrive at the Grotto, not your booked time with Father Christmas, which is allocated when you arrive at the Grotto. Please do not arrive at the Grotto before your booking time as you may be turned away to allow for social distancing.
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 11.00am-11.30am 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 11.30am – 8.30pm each day, however you will also have access
to the majority of the Gardens before this time.
Nothing says ‘Christmas’ quite like a visit to Father Christmas at Hever Castle. Travel through the land of Christmas, meet cheerful elves and wander through along the paths until you get to Father’s Christmas’ toy workshop to meet the big man himself! This experience is in a tent, a covered but open staged setting. Tickets cost £12 per child and children will receive an age appropriate gift.
Before booking, please read the important information at the bottom of this page.
This Christmas at Hever Castle become Peter Pan and chase your shadow through Neverland to experience the wonders of never growing old.
Outside in the grounds, take a magical journey along the immersive Christmas trail. Follow the one-way system and start your voyage in London in the nursery. Then, ‘fly high’ above the City streets into space and follow the directions to Neverland - second star to the right and straight on till morning. Discover where Peter’s friends The Lost Boys live, visit the Mermaid Lagoon, the Native American camp and be wary when you tiptoe past the Crocodile with his ticking clock and Captain Hook’s pirate ship at the dock. As the trail finishes, spot Nana the dog in her kennel.
After you have explored the captivating displays, meet characters from Peter Pan (Captain Hook, Peter Pan, Wendy and Mr Smee) as you wander through the gardens. In front of the Castle, ride the carousel (£1 – card only) and enjoy vintage fairground stalls including a coconut shy and hoopla (£1 – card only). Appreciate relaxed Christmas shopping in the Gift Shops, and sample delicious festive food in the restaurants and kiosks. The Play Areas will be open in the daytime. On peak days there will be timed sessions and you may need to queue for your chosen Play Area. Entry is on a first come first served basis.
For the magical Twilight Christmas experience, wrap up warm and enjoy a walk under the stars at. 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.
To enjoy the full experience of Christmas at Hever Castle we recommend you allow enough time for each of the elements of the experience that you wish to include. Attractions, shops and eateries will start closing before the final exit time.
Queuing at many of the attractions will be necessary even when tickets have been pre booked.
As much of this experience is outdoors we recommend you wrap up warm and pop on your wellies or suitable shoes.
What’s new/different in 2020?
What safety measures will be in place?
When you visit, we will also have safety measures in place. Please respect the rules and guidelines for your own protection and the safety of others. Those that do not follow the guidelines may be approached by staff and may be asked to leave.
Abuse of any kind will not be tolerated.
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Father Christmas’ Grotto