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• Spring Stroll guided walk around estate followed by roast lunch
• Great Armarda invasion – Tudor living history experience
• ‘Mum’s the word’ secret Morse code Messages for Mother’s Day

There’s plenty happening at Penshurst Place & Gardens at weekends during March with a new event just for adults taking place on 16th March. Take a two hour Spring Stroll with the estate’s General Manager as he guides a group on an escorted walk around the beautiful parkland and grounds at Penshurst Place, and then enjoy a two-course roast lunch afterwards in the Garden Restaurant.

For families there’s the chance to experience Tudor life with the Great Armada invasion on 22nd and 23rd March when a cast of skilled, costumed actors will be at Penshurst Place to give a living history presentation on the preparations by the household ahead of imminent attack by the Spanish fleet.

‘Mum’s the word’ for young visitors with free war-themed family activities available in the Education Room for Mother’s Day on 30th March. As part of the ‘Sir and Soldier’ season, there will plenty of things to occupy children on Mother’s Day including the option to make a Morse-code necklace with hidden secret message for their Mum or to hand-make their own Mother’s Day poetry card in the Education Room. There’s an opportunity to further spoil mothers (and grandmothers, aunts or anyone who deserves a special thank you) to a lovely Mother’s Day lunch in the Garden Restaurant with a special menu. No booking necessary, visitors seated on a first come, first served basis.



Dust off your walking shoes for a leisurely two hour walk and then reap a tasty reward for your physical exertion.

A brand new walking event for adults to enjoy at Penshurst Place & Gardens on 16th March between 11am and 2pm. Journey across the beautiful estate and learn about its Tudor history on the way. This special Sunday walk is led by Penshurst Place’s General Manager and is followed by a delicious two-course roast lunch in the Garden Restaurant.

Tickets £22 (to include private parking, guided walk, two-course roast lunch and access to the Gardens)


Experience life at Penshurst Place as the militia prepares to ward off the Spanish Armada. Skilled costumed characters bring history alive as they invite visitors to join them in the Staterooms as the Penshurst Place household prepares for invasion.

Normal garden admission prices apply. For more information visit


With fun craft activities to suit all ages and a special menu in the Garden Restaurant, Penshurst Place will be ‘the place’ for families to celebrate Mother’s Day this year.

Children will be able to treat their Mums to a handmade Mother’s Day poetry card or present her with a hidden Morse code message on a necklace in the Education Room.

Normal garden admission prices apply. For more information visit



Penshurst Place will have lots of fun craft and trail activities as part of its ‘Sir and Soldier’ themed season of WW1 commemoration events running in April.

Every day during the Easter school holidays, families can join an egg hunt with a twist! Rather than seeking Easter eggs, visitors to Penshurst Place are invited to help hunt down the carrier pigeons with their hidden secret messages, in a fun trail around the playground.

Pigeons played an important communication role during WWW1, and proved an extremely reliable way of sending messages across enemy lines. Using the story of carrier pigeons, children will learn more about the communication methods during the Great War and enjoy a fun trail that will take them on an inspiring educational journey of discovery.

The education room will continue the war-theme with craft activities available from 12 noon each day. Youngsters will be invited to create their very own carrier pigeon or soldier bonnet and enjoy Easter colouring activities.

Normal garden admission prices apply. For more information visit


The story of Cher Ami, a WW1 carrier pigeon and her friends will be unveiled as part of Penshurst Place’s ‘Sir and Soldier’ themed season of WW1 commemoration events. Families are invited to gather in the medieval buttery at 2pm, 2.45pm and 3.30pm to hear skilled story tellers from Aardvark Productions bring the account of a Great War carrier pigeon to life and explain through tale, the critical communication role these homing birds had throughout World War 1.

Normal garden admission prices apply.
For more information visit

Other things to see and do while visiting Penshurst Place and Gardens during March and April:-

• Toy Museum
• House (Sats & Suns only in March, daily from April)
• Woodland Trail
• Adventure Playground
• Garden Restaurant
• Porcupine Pantry
• Gift Shop
• The Gardens: spring flowering bulbs in the Orchard, Nut Garden, Lime Walk and Horse Pond and spring blossom in the Orchard, Nut Garden and Flag Garden

Most events are included in standard admission price unless otherwise stated. Full details of the event calendar for 2014 can be found at


New for 2013, an activity specifically designed for older children aged 7+

Enter the world of film and television special effects with a Halloween make-up workshop run by the award winning theatrical make-up artist, Kate Griffiths. Using everyday easy to find household material, children will learn how to create fake cuts, bruises and amputated fingers to give the perfect special-effects look to their Halloween costume.

For children age 7+ (parents must accompany or be on site) the workshop will last for two hours. Tickets are priced at £10.00 each and include materials plus a full ingredients list to take away! The workshop will take place in the Porcupine Pantry and ticket holders will be offered 10% saving on the cost of refreshments.

With limited availability, this event is proving very popular so early booking is advised. For more information or to make a booking, please visit or enquire at the gift shop or telephone 01892 870307. (Please note this activity will be held in Porcupine Pantry located outside the house and gardens next to the visitor car park. Normal admission prices apply for house and grounds access.)


Children can enjoy the half term by delving into the legends of Halloween with a choice of fun workshops and activities free to house and garden ticket holders at Penshurst Place & Gardens this October.

New for 2013 is the chance to learn about the horrors of medieval medicines and cures during a new activity designed to educate whilst having fun. Find out how the sick were treated in medieval times by using vinegar, wine, herbs and other household products in this craft activity suitable for children of all ages.

Bring on the autumn shivers with not too scary storytelling on Thursday 31st October. Perfect for younger visitors to enjoy Halloween and for those who like to be a little scared, but not too scared! Three showings, from 2pm, 2.45pm & 3.30pm. Please arrive in plenty of time for the first performance as spaces are limited. Not too scary storytelling will be followed by an optional fancy dress competition with a prize for all at 4pm in the Tea Room. Come dressed to kill!

Extend the fun by joining our themed craft activity sessions in the education room to make a lucky black witch on a broomstick or create special dragon, cat or bat Halloween inspired masks to complete your fancy dress costume.

Uncover secret hidden Halloween trails and explore Penshurst Place. Children of all ages can explore the gardens to discover the gargoyles that lurk in the grounds or find the friendly pumpkins hidden in our hugely popular pumpkin hunt.

Halloween craft activities and trails open daily throughout half term (19 October – 3 November) Gargoyles and Pumpkin trails – from 10.30am. Craft activities from 12 noon – 4pm.

The Maize Maze returns to Penshurst Place this year – opening on Saturday 20th July. After great customer feedback for the Maize Maze last year, Penshurst Place will be replanting the attraction for their visitors to enjoy over the school summer holidays. The new shape this year will have a medieval theme and will be revealed nearer the time via Facebook and Twitter. There will also be a mini maze for smaller children and on
Sundays you can also join in a Fool’s errand with storytelling entertainment from Aardvark
Productions down at the Maze – from 2pm. Weather permitting – please check website for

The maze will be free to visit for full paying garden ticket holders and Penshurst Place
season ticket holders. For voucher and other ticket and card holders there will be a small
additional charge of £2 per adult, £1 per child per visit.

Mothering Sunday, Sunday 10th March 12 noon – 4pm

Find out more about the origins of Mothering Sunday and treat your mum to a handmade card, or present her with a special handmade award! Craft activities for children in the Education Room from 12 noon – 4pm. Special lunchtime menus in the Garden Restaurant. Or treat Mum to a stylish afternoon tea! More


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