It was Tudor Weekend at Hever Castle (childhood home of Anne Boleyn), and so Rachel, Alice, and I jumped in the car and made the short trip to our favourite castle yesterday.
Not that we need an excuse. As season ticket holders we can visit whenever we wish, but when they have one of their events on it makes the day extra special.
We arrived around lunchtime and the place was quite crowded, but after we did half-a-circuit and stopped for bite to eat, the crowds had magically dispersed (perhaps they feared the rumoured downpours and had gone home or perhaps they'd just all headed to the adjacent field where the jousting tournaments were taking place).
Then when we came to leave a couple of hours later, and after a short spell of rain, there seemed to be a new wave of visitors just arriving.
There was the usual mix of living history, period music, falconry displays, and children's events (as well as the jousting, which we didn't visit this time), around the historic castle grounds.
We also spent a lot of time exploring the award-winning gardens, finding (as we often do) pieces we hadn't seen on previous visits.