Anne Boleyn Experience 2011 Day 1

Posted By on July 18, 2011

It’s so wonderful to be back at Hever Castle and it’s only Day 1 of the tour and I’m already in seventh heaven being here and being in the company of a wonderful group of people. There are 22 of us in all and we have attendees from the US, Canada, the UK, Belgium and Australia.

Tim and I met The Anne Boleyn Experience attendees at Victoria Station at 3pm this afternoon and after a coach ride through London, with our wonderful driver pointing out lots of famous London landmarks, we arrived at the magical Hever Castle, the childhood home of Anne Boleyn. We had time to freshen up and enjoy our gorgeous rooms before our very yummy three course dinner with wine and then we spent time socialising in the Music Room where we analysed Henry VIII, discussed various Tudor characters, novels and authors, and decided on who murdered the Princes in the Tower – the startling conclusion was Margaret Beaufort, the original Iron Lady! You heard it here first! It was wonderful to talk Tudor!

The highlight of my evening was being named everyone’s “fairy godmother” by organising the tour, very heart-warming and it made me feel so special. Thank you to all the attendees who have already showed that they are lovely people and are such fun to be with. This is going to be an amazing few days!

12 thoughts on “Anne Boleyn Experience 2011 Day 1”

  1. Yvette Barber says:

    Did you stay at Hever Castle?

    1. Claire says:

      Yes, we’re at Hever for 4 nights in all.

  2. Esther Sorkin says:

    Sounds wonderful. Please provide more details on the reasons for believing that Lady Margaret killed the Princes.

  3. Sheena says:

    I miss Hever so much! Cannot believe that it has been 2 months since we arrived there! I am looking forward to your pictures and your daily blogs to wisk me back to that magical place. Already saving my pennies for the Discover Tudors tour…so did Tim invest in a doublet and hose for this trip?

  4. E says:

    Wow! I have never wished for anything more than I wish I was there!! Have lots and lots of fun Claire!

  5. Julie B says:

    Hi Claire,
    Please post lots of pictures, wish I was there with you all! Have a nice time!

  6. Nancy says:

    I was thinking the exact same thing that Sheena was – I can’t believe that it’s been 2 months since we arrived there! I can’t wait until next year! Have a great time (I KNOW you all will!)

  7. Katherine says:

    I miss Hever so much too! Seriously, the place is MAGICAL. I still feel like Harry Potter when he was away from Hogwarts. (Minus the scar and evil wizard wanting to kill me of course!)

    So glad y’all are having fun, can’t wait to hear more about your trip, wish you all the best! (I’m saving up for another trip too Sheena! :P)

  8. Alicia says:

    I am so envious, Claire! I’d say I hope you have an amazing time, but I’m more than willing to bet you will. I’m looking forward to additional posts! 🙂

  9. TinaII2None says:

    Hey! You just can’ throw out allegations about the possible solution to one of the greatest murder mysteries in history and then leave us hanging. LOL You knew that the moment I read that, this crime scene technician was like “NO! TELL US MORE!” Talk about a great dinner conversation! Anyway, I hope we hear more. I don’t think I have ever heard of Margaret Beaufort being a suspect.

    But other than that, I’m glad that the first day was such a hit. And I love Hever. I have such wonderful memories of strolling the grounds on a dismal and rainy April day, and thinking that it was still beautiful. I kept trying to think of Anne there as a child, or wandering the gardens, lost in thought as she pondered one of Henry’s love letters. Say hello to the place for me 🙂

  10. Claudia says:

    I am very interested in possibly taking part in this type of experience in 2012. How do I go about getting the information and what is needed? I am in the US and have never been to England!! Would love to have this experience!!!

  11. Anne Barnhill says:

    I, too, hope to get to Hever one day–maybe next year! Who knows! Enjoy!

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