Castle’s Colourful Celebration

Just a few of the 7000 tulips on display at Hever Castle & Gardens during the festival.

Hever Castle & Gardens near Edenbridge in Kent is hosting its first ever ‘Tulip Celebration’ this year from April 24th to 28th and May 2nd to 7th (excluding bank holiday weekend).

Visitors to the brand new event at the Castle in Kent will be able to enjoy a tulip trail, either self-guided or with Hever’s head gardener, and marvel at the 7,000 tulips, in 60 varieties planted along the Pergola Walk, Pompeiian Wall, Tudor Garden and Italian Garden.

Tulips with a talking point such as ‘Ice Cream’ with its peony-like flower will be planted in troughs and pots and displayed in the rotundas and on the Castle forecourt. The castle’s interior will also dressed with tulips by talented in-house florist Pamela Brise.

The celebration is included with general admission to Hever Castle, which offers special entry rates for groups of 15 people or more

For further information telephone 01732 861701

Ravens’ new home at the Tower

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The ravens’ new home at the Tower.

Bespoke enclosures have been built to house the legendary ravens at the Tower of London.

Commissioned by Historic Royal Palaces, the new accommodation offers more night-time space for the seven ‘Guardians of the Tower’, which roam the attraction’s grounds during the day.

New display boards with information on the myths and legends surrounding the ravens have also been introduced.

Special rates are available at the Tower for groups of 15 people or more.

For further information telephone 0844 482 7770

Hastings Pier rises from the ashes

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The visitor centre on Hastings Pier.

Following  a £14.2 million refurbishment and over two years work, Hastings Pier has re-opened to the public.

Built in 1872, the attraction was gutted by a fire in 2010, and its renovation has included the replacement of damaged support pillars and steel beams, and the introduction of new decking the length of the 910-foot structure.

Materials saved from the original pier have also been used where appropriate on the 21st-century update, which incudes small shops selling crafts, pier-related merchandise and refreshments, as well as a full service restaurant and fairground rides.

A two-storey visitor centre in the middle of the pier, housing a bistro and a digital archive of different aspects of the structure’s history, will open later in the year and visitors can already make use of its roof terrace café.

This building also features terraces from which audiences can watch performances, and larger scale events will take place including outdoor cinema screenings, farmers’ markets, Christmas markets, an ice rink and, over the August Bank Holiday weekend, a summer circus.

For further information telephone 01424 435587