Published on April 8th, 2022 | by The Town Crier0
Put a spring in your step at Penshurst Place ‘Fit for a Queen’ events programme for 2022
· Tudor Queens ‘telling tales’ on Henry VIII in the Gardens
· Easter fun with Queen Victoria’s hidden egg trail and ‘Hunt for Easter Island’ panto storytelling
A royal theme will be running throughout the events programme at Penshurst Place and Gardens this year, marking Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II’s Platinum Jubilee year.
The historic home and listed gardens are open to visitors at weekends throughout March, with the bright spring bulbs making a cheerful and very welcome entrance, heralding the start of the warmer weather. Penshurst Place will then open daily from 2nd April for the 2022 season.
April sees the return of the Tremendous Tulips at Penshurst, when literally thousands of tulips make a bold entrance. From the gloriously yellow ‘Jewel of Spring’ in the Italian Garden, to the bright polka red varieties in the long grass of the Nut Garden and the formal boxed white tulips in the Paved Garden, the grounds feature a fabulous display of flowers, producing a delicate mix of scents and styles.
On Sunday 10th April, the Queens from Tudor Legacies will be back in the gardens at Penshurst Place to talk with visitors and share tales about life as one of Henry VIII’s wives. Their authentic period costumes and engaging stories help to bring history to life, while putting in context the wonderful backdrop of the Grade I listed gardens that were laid out during the Tudor period and have remained largely unchanged since.
Easter at Penshurst Place is always a fun and special time, and this year is no exception with the addition of an exciting new egg hunt trail and the return of panto-style storytelling from the ever-popular team from Aardvark.
Continuing with the ‘fit for a queen’ theming, the new Queen Victoria Easter Egg Hunt trail will run throughout Easter weekend and the school holidays, running daily between 10am and 5pm from 2nd April to 18th April. Cleverly concealed in the Penshurst Place gardens are several large Victorian eggs, each containing a secret. Participants will need to find the eggs and make a note of the secret they discover hidden within each on an accompanying trail sheet. Once all have been discovered and the trail sheet completed, the mystery will be solved.
Queen Victoria is credited with popularising the Easter Egg hunt, having enjoyed egg hunts organised by her mother when she was a child, living at Kensington Palace. Subsequently, she and Prince Albert continued the tradition with their own children and, as a result, the activity grew in fashion and became the hugely popular activity that youngsters have enjoyed at Easter ever since.
Penshurst Place and Gardens is open between 10am and 5pm at weekends in March. It will open daily on 2nd April 2022 until 30th October 2022. For more information and ticket prices visit www.penshursplace.com.