Set in the beautiful Weald of Kent, Penshurst Place just 30 miles from Central London is a medieval defended manor house dating from 1341, with Grade I listed Elizabethan gardens and a surrounding 2,500 acres estate.
The manor house has a lot to offer visitors generally and will also have a number of special events running over the bank holiday weekend, which are all included in a standard entry ticket.
On 25th and 26th August, Penshurst Place will be holding a Bushcraft Bank Holiday with insights and tips from experts on living outside and utilising the environment.
Settled beneath a yurt on the Woodland Trail, visitors can learn valuable bushcraft skills and have a go at some themselves. From whittling and shelter building through to which knots to use for what purpose and fire-starting, there’s a chance to embrace your inner Bear Grylls and acquire key survival skills.
The Bushcraft event is included in the cost of entry to Penshurst Place & Gardens and will run continuously over the two days.
Alongside this, there will be raft of extra activities on Bank Holiday Sunday, 25th August. A witty garden pantomime interpretation of the classic children’s tale, Treasure Island will be performed by costumed actors in the Stage Garden with plenty of audience participation and laughter guaranteed.
On the South Lawn there will be falconry shows featuring aerial displays by different birds of prey and between shows, the opportunity to get up close to the birds and talk to their handlers.
Additionally, children’s crafts will be on offer with the option to create items from different continents, including a woven place mat from Africa, penguin mask from Antarctica, Chinese dragon from Asia, kangaroo with hidden Joey from Australia/Oceania, windmill from Europe, dream catcher from North America or panpipes from South America. All activities are included in the cost of admission.
Open throughout the entire Bank Holiday weekend is the extremely popular six-acres Maize Maze, which is cut in the shape of a hot air balloon.
The maze has three different levels of challenges to choose from within the one maze, ensuing everyone of all ages can join the fun. There is a mini-maze for small children that takes roughly 10 minutes to navigate, a sequential maze taking around 30 minutes for those seeking a more tactical challenge and the main maze, offering a longer route and taking up to an hour to complete for those working in groups or who prefer a leisurely pace.
All routes include a puzzle card with clues, as well as have stewards on hand to help anyone raising their flag. Entrance to the Maize Maze is included in the cost of a standard garden entry ticket.
A family ticket for two adults and two children costs £33 (with up to two under 5’s being admitted free with each adult ticket holder) and will give access to all areas open to the public. Those arriving by cycle are offered discounted admission – for opening times and directions visit www.penshurstplace.com.
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