From scary nights to Christmas delights

Kentwell's two major autumn and winter events couldn't be more different....

Sell out Scaresville

Scaresville 2012, our annual frightfest, was a fantastic experience for all involved and record-breaking in a number of ways.

First, and rather unfortunately, we had a record amount of rain over the Scareville period. Which meant the ground became a mudbath and had to be covered in woodchips every day to try and soak up the water, scarers and guests were contending with the wet and cold and our costumes were filthy at the end of each night. This required a very late night washing machine marathon to get them ready for the following day.

But despite the rain and mud we sold out almost every single timeslot with more visitors to Scaresville than ever before. These Scaresville visitors are a hardy lot! Come cold, come rain our visitors kept on coming. Some well prepared with welly boots and rain jackets others in full-on fancy dress with enough energy to keep the cold out.

And this year we had over 150 scarers. Almost doubling our last year’s total of 86. We really enjoyed welcoming so many new faces to the Kentwell volunteer family. And we give a hearty salute to all our scarers for their enthusiasm in getting scares and laughs whatever challenges the weather or moonlit nights threw at them. We look forward to seeing many of you back again next year.

We already have our thinking hats on to try and make Scaresville 2013 the best yet….

Looking forward to Christmas

Many bemoan the fact that Christmas starts earlier and earlier each year. For events organisers like Kentwell it starts way back when the sun is still shining and most people are going on summer holiday. But it is November when the plans start becoming reality. So our minds are now well and truly on making our Dickensian Christmas event a truly magical one.

This year, as well as our old time music hall, Dickens’ readings, Victorian family and servants, Christmas making activities, carol singing and Father Christmas we are adding a good ol’ Dickensian pub: a place for a singsong, roasting chestnuts and warming up round the fire.

We will also have a spookily realistic Victorian Street scene. What might we conjure up there?

Visitors like the event for its interactive nature, timeless traditional fun and lack of commercialism. No tinsel or tacky lights in sight. Just a glimpse of what Christmas used to be.

A Dickensian Christmas is open from Sat 15th to Sat 22nd December. Tickets are now on sale at advance discounted prices. You may also pre-book luncheon or afternoon tea or join our Christmas wreath making workshop.

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