Hever Castle at Christmas 2020 - Peter Pan Trail and Christmas Lights | Review


We received press tickets in exchange for this review. All opinions are honest and my own.

After the most amazing visit to Hever Castle back in the summer, we were so excited to be invited back to enjoy their Christmas offerings this year. Of course due to current restrictions there are a few changes to their Christmas event this year, but we still had a great visit and it's really got us into the Christmas spirit!

Tickets to the event have to be pre-booked and are allocated in time-slots to ensure there's a steady flow of guests entering the grounds. We opted to arrive at the earliest 11.30am slot so we could enjoy a full day out at Hever, but there is also the option to purchase just a Twilight ticket - entry to the grounds past 4pm to enjoy the grounds in their full festive glory. 

Christmas at Hever Castle

This year Hever Castle and Gardens has a magical Peter Pan theme for their light trail. Following a one-way route, you wander through the beautiful gardens spotting sights and surprises from the classic tale. You first come across the Darling children's nursery, before flying through space past the second star on the right and straight on until morning!

Once into Neverland (a great photo opportunity) make sure to keep your eyes open for all of the wonderful props from the story. Unfortunately, due to current restrictions there are no live actors throughout the trail as originally planned, but it is still incredibly magical. We went through during the day and then again toward the end of the day when the lights were starting to come on, and all three of the littles said it was their favourite part of the day.

Despite new restrictions, Father Christmas has still managed to make his way to Hever Castle for visits this year. He is outside in the courtyard, where families are brought in one at a time to meet him and gifts are placed down a clever chute for little ones. I think this is a great way to get around distancing rules, and actually might be a better way for shyer children to meet him, as they don't have to get too close!

Of course it's not just the Peter Pan light trail you can enjoy this Christmas. The whole of the Castle and Gardens is decorated with twinkly lights and decorations that come alive as it gets dark. Christmas music can be heard as you enjoy the gardens and the Castle itself is lit up in all it's festive glory too. We enjoyed these during the day, but I can imagine they look incredible during the evening!

What Else is Available to Enjoy this Christmas?

Despite current restrictions Hever have done an incredible job to make your day out as 'normal' as possible. The play areas are both open for little ones to enjoy - queuing systems and time-limited sessions still apply. Hever Gift shop will be open to browse for gifts and Christmas shopping too. The cafes, restaurants and food trucks are all available for takeaway food and drinks, including pizzas, bbq, light bites, and of course those well-needed hot drinks and treats. And of course there's there lake walk and gardens to enjoy at your leisure too.

So if you're local to Hever Castle and Gardens and looking for a festive day out this Christmas, I would 100% recommend a visit. Not only is it a wonderful day out for all the family, it's a perfect way to sprinkle some Christmas magic during these strange times we are in at the moment.

Our Month - October 2020


I cannot believe I almost made it through the month without writing up my monthly round up post for October! It honestly feels like a lifetime ago now - most likely because the days are going so slowly at the moment. But October was a good-one, so I'm glad I've found the time to write about it.

Of course the start of the month was mine and Jack's wedding anniversary. We celebrated 5 years together on the 2nd, with a trip to Chessington and dinner out just the two of us. Probably not most people's dream anniversary, but it was a lovely - if not a little wet - day out. It felt extra special to go out to dinner just the two of us as well, especially as restaurants shut just a few weeks later.

We spent most of our Saturdays enjoying muddy autumnal walks, and then Sundays relaxing at home, playing games and baking. We absolute love getting out with the littles, but the relaxing Sundays at home really were perfect. Parker has suddenly discovered a love for Harry Potter, so introducing him to the movies was a particular highlight!

We had the most amazing October half term holidays, kicked off with our long-weekend break to Caister-on-Sea in Norfolk. We didn't think we'd be getting on any holidays this year, so it was extra special to be able to get away for a few days as a family. Of course it wasn't the usual Haven holiday we are used to, but we got to go swimming, spotted seals on the beach at Horsey Gap, enjoyed the cheesy funfair at Great Yarmouth, and of course spent plenty of pennies in the arcades. The littles have said they really want to go back already, so I don't think the Covid changes affected their holiday at all!

Jack booked the rest of half term off from work, so even once we were home from Norfolk we still managed to have lots of fun. We had a fantastic day out at Legoland for their Halloween Brick or Treat event, visited the pumpkin patch for our annual pumpkin picking trip, and of course celebrated Halloween at home. We didn't go out trick or treating of course, but we made a Halloween feast, played games and went for a walk to spot pumpkins. It was actually quite nice to not have to knock on doors, so maybe it will be something we do in the years to come too.

Of course the month didn't end on such a high. The news of lockdown 2.0 hit, and the few freedoms we had got back started being taken away again. We made the most of it though by going out for dinner, and I made sure to head to the shops for as many Christmas presents as possible. I'm just so SO glad that we got to enjoy our holiday and days out before we headed back into lockdown.