Eastertide at Kentwell

See 100 Tudors about the manor, under cover and in the grounds, celebrating Easter Tudor-style with music, dancing, hot cross bun making and more. Attempt our infamous Great Easter Quiz challenge for the whole family, for a chance to win a giant chocolate egg. For children, we have an Easter Egg Hunt Trail - find all the eggs and crack the code to win a prize!

All of our activities go on, whatever the weather.

We'll also be serving delicious Lunches and Teas in our Stable Yard Restaurant and in the Hayloft Tearoom. No wonder it's one of our most popular weekends of the year!

Easter, Tudor-style

We will have over 100 Tudors around the Manor carrying out various everyday activities as if they were in the year 1579.

Easter is a curious amalgamation of Pagan and Christian traditions. Eggs represent the rebirth of the sun. Hot cross buns too have pagan roots and were hung up to ward off evil. And did you know Good Friday is the second most important day of the year for witches?

The Bakehouse will be very busy baking hot cross buns (donations for which go to charity). The cooks create a big feast for Easter Sunday. The players may perform Easter plays and dances - slapstick humour and traditional music. Visit the Needlewomen and hang something on their Trinity Tree. All around the manor 16th Century life will be continuing as usual.

Children's Easter Egg Trail

We hide a number of wooden eggs round the gardens for children to find. Each bears a code that can be used to solve a puzzle.

The Great Easter Quiz

This has been a feature of our Easter opening for some 30 years. No ordinary quiz, but a challenging (and sometimes frustrating) test of your powers of observation as well as your wit. Written by Patrick Phillips, the owner of Kentwell, it is a fun challenge for the whole family.

Teams come from around the country to compete to win our huge chocolate Easter eggs. Pit your wits against us, if you dare!

Gardens

Kentwell Gardens are a delight at any time but at no time are they better than in Spring when everywhere is awash with spring bulbs, blooms and blossom. In the Walled Garden the ancient espaliered fruit trees proudly show off their blossom-covered gnarled branches.

Weather

Please do not think that Kentwell is just a fair weather visit - we carry on whatever the weather. There will be indoor activities and some of our outdoor activities can be moved inside if the weather fails us.

House, Garden & Farm

House, Gardens & Farm will all be fully open this weekend.

Prices

Special Prices apply for this weekend - see below. Buying on-line gets you the discounted ticket prices, these are available for use on any one day of the weekend. HHA visitors do not enjoy free entry during this weekend. On-line tickets must be purchased prior to the day of your visit.

How long to spend?

Most people arrive early and aim to spend most of the day here.

Catering

We shall be be serving homemade lunches and teas in the Stableyard Restaurant.

There is a picnic site by the Main Gates, with a marvellous view of the house, but we do not allow picnics inside the grounds.

Ticket Prices

TicketPriceOnline Price - must be booked at least 24 hours before you visit
Adult ticket - Eastertide£15.90£14.31
OAP ticket - Eastertide£11.90£10.71
Child (5-15) Ticket - Eastertide£14.90£13.41
Child under 5no chargeno charge
Open on: 
Fri 3 April - Mon 6 April
Open times: 
11am - 5pm
Number of Re-Creation Folk: 
120 costumed 'Tudors'
Amount of House open: 
All
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