It’s a great time of year for our historic gardens, which are blooming with vibrant colours. Take a guided tour through them with our expert horticulturalists to enjoy the seasonal scents and learn about unusual historical species. It’s also Father’s Day on 17 June, so we’ve got all you need to give dad and the family the best day out in history. Plus, our season of real-life medieval jousts gets underway with two thrilling contests at Eltham Palace and Kenilworth Castle.
Did you know? 🤔
- The summer solstice occurs on 21 June in the UK. It is the longest day of the year, when the northern hemisphere is tilted most directly towards the sun. Thousands gather at Stonehenge to mark the event.
- The economist John Maynard Keynes was born on 5 June 1883, remembered for the system of deficit finance that bears his name – Keynesianism. He is commemorated with a blue plaque at his London home in Bloomsbury, where he became a prominent member of the Bloomsbury Group.
- Victoria was crowned Queen of the United Kingdom on 28 June 1838, having succeeded to the throne the previous year at the age of 18. She and her family enjoyed many breaks from public life at their palatial holiday home, Osborne on the Isle of Wight.
Get green-fingered in blooming historic gardens 🌼
Walk and talk with our expert gardeners on guided tours, trails and activities in our beautiful historic gardens. Our gardens are blooming with summer colours through June. Enjoy talks and demonstrations from our specialist horticulturalists, plus music and refreshments on the lawns, and garden trails for the children. June is a great time to see our gardens in the summer sunshine.
Blooming Gardens events are taking place at:
- Witley Court, Worcestershire, Sat 9 & Sun 10 June
- Walmer Castle, Kent, Sat 16 & Sun 17 June (Father’s Day)
- Wrest Park, Bedfordshire, Sat 16 & Sun 17 June (Father’s Day)
- Audley End House, Essex, Sat 23 & Sun 24 June
- Osborne, Isle of Wight, Sat 30 Jun & Sun 1 July
…and more. See all Blooming Gardens events.
Treat dad to the best day out in history 🏰
Father’s Day is on Sunday 17 June. Plan a great family day out this Father’s Day at one of our 400 historic places. Whether he’s crazy for castles or has a penchant for palaces, we’ve got you covered. You could even plan a weekend away with the help of our regional travel guides, which cover getting there, places to stay and things to do for everyone.
There are also lots of events happening across the country for the Father’s Day weekend, from historic garden tours to real-life jousting at Eltham Palace in London and classic cars on display at Witley Court in Worcestershire.
Witness the drama of a real medieval joust 🐎
Experience a spectacle of speed and skill as the most masterful knights in the kingdom do battle on their magnificent steeds. Choose your champion and cheer them to victory as they charge at speeds of up to 40mph. Then immerse yourself in medieval life with living history encampments, falconry displays and entertainment from the court jester. Our knights compete in real medieval contests, offering a rare chance to see one of England’s oldest sports in action.
Medieval jousts are taking place this month at:
Eltham Palace and Gardens, London, Sat 16 & Sun 17 June (Father’s Day weekend)
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Kenilworth Castle, Warwickshire, Sat 23 & Sun 24 June
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Events you won’t want to miss this month 🎫
Cavendish’s Horses, Bolsover Castle, Derbyshire – Sat 9 & Sun 10 June
Witness expert horsemen in flamboyant 17th-century costume, training for art and battle to baroque music in the spectacular surroundings of the Riding School at Bolsover Castle.
Brodsworth in Bloom, Brodsworth Hall, South Yorkshire – Sat 9 & Sun 10 June
Take a garden tour at this ‘conserved as found’ Victorian country house. Get your toes tapping with a brass band performance or get hands-on with the family trail and planting activities.
The Waterloo Experience, Apsley House, London – Thu 14 June
Visit the home of the Duke of Wellington after hours to hear tales from the Battle of Waterloo and handle real and replica weapons, with ‘Captain’ Abs Wisdom.
Somewhere to visit this month 💡
Kirby Hall, Northamptonshire
Open Wednesday to Sunday 10am – 6pm
Explore one of England’s greatest Elizabethan and 17th-century houses and its grounds. Kirby Hall was once owned by Sir Christopher Hatton, Lord Chancellor to Queen Elizabeth I. Rich decoration remains inside the house, and kids will love roaming free in the vast grounds.
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