Hever Festival 16th August 2019


Something new (to us) for the summer


Whole day Excursion to Hever Festival Theatre


Friday 16th August 2019


To see Alan Ayckbourn’s comedy


Round and Round the Garden      


2pm in the Castle Gardens

The Festival Theatre is an open air venue set in a magical location in the award winning gardens of Hever Castle in Edenbridge, Kent. The stage is fully covered and the seating is tiered with the vast majority of seats under new seating canopies, which means if the sun doesn’t shine, the audience can still enjoy the spectacular setting with protection from the weather.  All the seats I have on hold are under cover. The theatre is set in the Two Sisters’ Lawn Garden where you can admire the breath-taking views over the Hever Lake before making your way to the magnificent covered theatre for an afternoon of fabulous entertainment

Following acclaim for their previous productions at Hever – The Time of My Life (2017), The 39 Steps (2018) First Knight Theatre returns in 2019 with an Ayckbourn classic, the hilarious and much-loved Round and Round the Garden. First performed in 1973 as the final play in the award-winning Norman Conquests trilogy, the setting is a rambling country garden aptly positioned centre stage within the wonderful Hever grounds. ‘A garden within a garden’.

The action takes place over the course of a weekend when the self-absorbed, lecherous Norman is desperately intent on making all the women in his life happy, simultaneously attempting to seduce his sister-in-law Annie, charm his brother’s wife Sarah and still keep his own wife, Ruth happy whilst the hapless neighbour Tom is merely intent on coaxing a cat out of a tree. Oblivious to the repercussions of his actions, Norman leaves a trail of havoc, misunderstandings and comedy consequences culminating in an orgiastic frenzy on the lawn. At times wildly comic and at times poignant Round and Round the Garden brilliantly portrays the complicated relationships that exist in most families.

Itinerary: Coffee and biscuits as usual at the Great Danes Hotel. Arrive at Hever around 11.15am and enjoy free time to explore the castle grounds and find something to eat in one of the café’s or restaurants on site.  You may prefer to bring a picnic to enjoy somewhere in the grounds. There are a number of benches dotted around the estate.  The performance begins at 2pm and ends just after 4pm. We can then enjoy a bit more time in the grounds before rejoining our coach and making our way home – probably leaving Hever about 5pm.

Please note:  Remember we will be outside and bring appropriate clothing. **Entrance to the Castle itself is not included in the price.

Excursion Price £65.00  

Price includes: coach travel throughout, coffee and biscuits en-route, coach driver’s gratuity, entrance to Castle grounds, theatre ticket, and courier services


8.00am Sandwich Railway Station                                                 

8.08am Sholden Church

8.12am  Deal Fire Station Bus Stop                                                

8.15am Deal South Street                                                                

8.20am Walmer – opposite butcher’s shop                                  

8.40am Dover – St Paul’s Catholic Church, Maison Dieu Rd

9.00am Folkestone outside Bus Station

9.05am Folkestone bus stop opposite Trinity Church

9.10am Seabrook bus stop opposite Fountain Pub

9.15am Hythe Red Lion Square bus stop

9.45am  Great Danes Hotel near Maidstone [coffee stop]