For the second year running the Kent Tourist Alliance offered 1600 free tickets for various venues throughout the county to residents in order to give them a chance to explore what Kent has to offer. George and I were lucky to get tickets for Hever Castle, which is well known as the childhood home of Henry VIII’s second wife, Anne Boleyn. It was bought by William Waldorf Astor at the beginning of the 20th century. He invested time and money in making the castle what we see today. A Tudor village was created as was an Italian garden, where he used many Roman artefacts that he had collected during his time as American Ambassador to Italy. The weather forecast was reasonable for the morning but with rain in the afternoon so we started out early. There was plenty to see and we started with a walk round the grounds, stopping for lunch in the restaurant, before looking round an exhibition showing the development of houses over the centuries. Finally we had a look around in the castle.