Events at Kentwell continue throughout 2012

Back in time 450 years

Kentwell 1556 was another very successful Re-Creation of Tudor Life at Kentwell. The main theme of the year was the religious turmoil created by Queen Mary's return to Romish ways which resulted in several burnings of 'heretics' in Suffolk and Essex.

We were able to represent these differences (difficult to envisage these days) with secret Protestant enclaves and a keen Papist anxious to root out all Puritans and enlisting the help of visiting schoolchildren to do so. One day his efforts met with rich reward when our Polish Cook and his Polish assistant creeping in under cloaks to reach the kitchens were 'arrested' by a party of schoolchildren as suspicious and marched before the Popish priest.

There were strong weekend activities involving all the Tudors each weekend: Midsummer Celebrations, a Pageant and a very successful Fayre over the last weekend. These were noisy occasions preceded by loud flag-waving processions. The Fayre activities raised nearly £1,000 for a local Hospice.

Shakespeare under the stars

Next we look forward to hosting the GB Theatre Company, touring Shakespeare, to perform The Tempest (July 21 & 22) and The Taming of the Shrew (22 July). Both productions have been highly praised at other venues earlier in the Tour. It is high quality playing in Kentwell's lovely setting. Both plays offer rich comedy moments in very different ways. And both have the option of under-cover seating for those worried about our recent inclement weather.

And turning the clock back again

After which its back to Re-Creations, starting with a Victorian Garden Party (on 4/5 August) and the fun which is our High Summer Tudor Re-Creation over the August Bank Holiday weekend (24-27 August) followed a month later by our Michaelmas Tudor Re-Creation (29-30 September).

Bookings open 1st August for Autumn/Winter events

Also on 1st August we open bookings for two of our main events of the year. The first is Scaresville (which runs most nights from 12 Oct to 4 Nov) and has good claims to be the best, most stimulating, original and enjoyable scare attraction in the region.

The second is A Dickensian Christmas (15 - 22 Dec) which takes the Hall back to the Victorian era to show Christmastime as it was before the festival was destroyed by endless commercialism.

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