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Penshurst Place and Gardens Opens for half-term and at weekends from 10th February with exciting Spring events programme

  • ‘Batoor the Dragon’s Disappearing Dessert’ Garden Trail for February half-term
  • Creative card-making, crafting plant pot decorative collars and ‘super-hero’ face-painting for Mother’s Day
  • ‘What’s Springing Up’ Garden Trail for Easter school break
  • ‘The Easter Chick and his Easter Tricks’ storytelling on Easter Sunday

Penshurst, Kent – 24thJanuary 2024:  Welcoming the 2024 season, Penshurst Place & Gardens is pleased to announce its reopening on select dates from 10th February with a new daily garden trail available during February half-term and a full program of Spring activities, all included in the price of a standard admission ticket.

February school half-term: 10th to 18th February, 10am – 5 pm

  • Batoor the Dragon and The Disappearing Dessert

Embark on an enchanting adventure with Batoor, a dragon with a distaste for cabbage but a love for Penshurst’s famous apple pie. The new trail runs daily from 10th to 18th February, taking youngsters on a playful hunt around the formal gardens to recover the ingredients Batoor mistakenly dropped after raiding the Victorian kitchen. Help Batoor find the lost items needed to make his apple pie and unravel the final clue. Trail sheets can be collected from the visitor entrance on arrival, suitable for all ages. The trail is included free within the cost of admission to Penshurst Place and runs daily between 10 am and 5 pm.

Also open for February half-term, the popular Penshurst Place adventure playground offers a great opportunity for young ones to expend some energy in a beautiful setting. The adjoining Porcupine Pantry is open all year round and perfect for a quick refreshments pit-stop during a visit, serving hot drinks, light lunches and home-made cakes.

Mother’s Day Weekend: 9th and 10th March, 11am – 3.30pm

  • Cards & Pot Collar Crafting and Face Painting:
  • 9th March — Card making and plant pot collar design sessions
  • 10th March — Face painting and plant pot collar designing

Celebrate Mother’s Day amid the blossoming grounds at Penshurst Place on 9th and 10th March and wander the beautiful gardens as they spring into life at the start of a new season.  With something for all the family, drop-in sessions are available in the Craft Barn from 11 am to 3.30 pm for youngsters to create a unique Mother’s Day plant pot collar. Once completed, the personalised creations can be presented at the Plant Centre, where children will receive an exclusive 50% discount on a potted plant perfectly sized to wear their freshly-designed collar — a truly personal gift idea for that special someone on Mothering Sunday.

On Saturday, 9th Marchcard-making crafting is on offer for children to create a personalised greeting card for the super-mum, super-sister, super-auntie, or the super-woman in their family, as well as the opportunity to design a unique plant pot collar.

On Sunday, 10th March, young visitors can enjoy face-painting sessions designed to celebrate the super-woman super-hero in their family by giving their mum a ‘super-her’ makeover with a unique face paint design.  There’s also the chance to explore the art of plant pot collar decorating – a wonderful opportunity for children of all ages to create a distinct and personal Mother’s Day gift.

Crafting sessions and materials are included free within the cost of admission to Penshurst Place and run daily on 9th and 10th March between 11 am to 3.30 pm.

Easter school break:

  • Spring Into Life Easter Trail: 29th March  14th April, 10 am – 5 pm

New for 2024, the ‘Spring into Life Easter Trail’, running from the 29th March to 14th April, invites children to discover the wonders of Spring alongside Penshurst’s resident prickly friend, Henry the Hedgehog. Realising he has slightly overslept from hibernation, Henry awakens to witness that spring, with all its magical natural delights, has most definitely sprung! Follow Henry’s trail and walk through the gardens to discover what can be seen springing to life at Penshurst Place and in nature this Easter.

Trail sheets can be collected from the visitor entrance on arrival, suitable for all ages. The trail is included free within the cost of admission to Penshurst Place and runs daily between 10 am and 5 pm.

  • Easter Crafts: 29th March  14th April, 11 am – 3.30 pm

The Craft Barn is the place to be this Easter school holiday, with plenty of Spring-themed and seasonal crafting on offer. Open daily, the drop-in sessions are sure to get the creativity flowing and produce some lovely hand-made items to take home and display. All crafting sessions and materials are included free within the cost of admission to Penshurst Place and run between 11 am to 3.30 pm from 29th March to 14th April 2024.

Easter Sunday: 1st Aprilperformances at 11.00 am, 12.00 pm, 2.00pm, and 3.00pm

  • The Easter Chick and His Easter Trick

Enjoy the delightful tale of the Easter Chick this Spring and the playful trick he plays on the Easter Rabbit during an engaging storytelling session at Penshurst Place this Easter Sunday. The panto-style performances, at four timed sessions, tell the tale of a cheeky little chick who cleverly tricks the unsuspecting Easter Rabbit into thinking he’s slept right through until December! This enchanting tale is great for children (and adults!) of all ages.

The performances are included within the cost of admission and take place in the gardens at 11 am, 12 noon, 2 pm and 3 pm.  Spaces may be limited if poor weather requires the shows to be moved indoors, so it is advisable to arrive early to secure a place.

For more information on these events and others, visit www.penshurstplace.com.

Penshurst Place is open from 10th February to 16th February (other than the house) and will then revert to opening only at weekends until 23rd March, after which it will be open daily to 3rd November.

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