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Kentwell Advent Calendar 2014

For this year's advent calendar, we asked our staff and volunteers to share their favourite photos of work, life, and play at Kentwell.

Each day we will be posting a different picture submitted by a member of the Kentwell community. Follow the calendar on Pinterest or our Facebook page.

We hope you enjoy a glimpse into life at Kentwell - it might even inspire you to join us!

Group Booking Packs - Now available

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Our 2015 Group Booking Packs have arrived! If your group or society would like to visit Kentwell Hall, e-mail enquires@kentwell.co.uk to request a pack or phone the Estate Office on 01787 310207. Groups receive up to a 10% discount for both general house opening and our special events, and subject to group size, can book a private tour and explore Kentwell Hall when the House & Grounds are not open to the public.

Scaresville 2014 - Thank you

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As the last of the Undead head into the container and we say goodbye to our Scaresville Interns, a final chance to say a massive THANK YOU and congratulations to everyone involved in making Scaresville 2014 such a success.

Scaresville 2014 was our biggest year yet, and thanks to the superb effort of the staff and volunteers, we made more people scream and laugh than ever before! The Kentwell Team are already working on ways to make next year's Scaresville even better. If you've got any great ideas and/or would like to take part, you can express your interest on the Scaresville 'Dare to Scare' page.

Back on the Manor, we are planning an exciting season of events for 2015 which we hope to announce shortly. If you are not on our mailing list, sign up at the bottom of the page for the latest news from Kentwell.

Thank you again to the Scream Team, staff and volunteers all your hard work. Bring on Scaresville 2015!

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Tudor Schools Event 2015

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Booking for our Summer 2015 Tudor Schools event is now open!

A visit to Kentwell fits seamlessly into the New National Curriculum. In 2015, 'Kentwell 1588' will focus on daily life when the England of Queen Elizabeth I was under threat by the Spanish Armada.

Kentwell's Re-creations are a unique school visit. They offer a scale and depth unmatched anywhere, giving total immersion in the sights, sounds and smells of the 16th Century. A visit to Tudor Kentwell brings history to a life in a way that cannot be matched in the classroom.

For more information, please click here to visit our Schools Website, or call 01787 310207.

The first weekend of screams...

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Kentwell has been transformed from Tudor Manor to terrifying nighttime haunt! With the first weekend nearly complete, here's what some of our brave victims had to say:

@SomeblokeJust: @Scaresville awesome night loved every min. Well worth the money.

@ladybankstein: What better way to spend your Friday night then being scared senseless @Scaresville

@Amy_Dobrucki: Epic #scaresville this year @KentwellHall I feel like I have done a full body work out from all the screaming and sprinting...

@zombiegeekgirl: @Scaresville What an awesome night. I've never screamed or laughed so much in my life. I can't wait to come back for more scares next year.

@Kinshipwithall: Brilliant night @Scaresville Haven't had so much fun in ages, screamed and laughed so much I ached!...and yes, hav2 admit I got scared :o/

Excellent work from our elite Scream Team! [ If you are brave enough to all the haunted grounds, visit the Scaresville website...]

13 Piglets - Unlucky for some!

Salt & Pepper farrowed a mighty litter of 13 piglets last night! Clearly she's got the Scaresville bug following our (Un)Lucky 13 competition!

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The piglets will be on show during our Tudor Michaelmas weekend (Sat 27th & Sun 28th September, when you can also meet our equally adorable Tudors!

13 Piglets - Unlucky for some!

Salt & Pepper farrowed a mighty litter of 13 piglets last night! Clearly she's got the Scaresville bug following our (Un)Lucky 13 competition!

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The piglets will be on show during our Tudor Michaelmas weekend (Sat 27th & Sun 28th September, when you can also meet our equally adorable Tudors!

The Return of the Haunted Village...

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It's that time of year again! Preparations for Scaresville 2014 are in full swing as our Scream Team conjure up ever more imaginative ways to scare our willing victims. This year, Scaresville will be bigger, badder and scarier than ever before - definitely not for the faint-hearted!

Doesn't sound like your cup of tea? Join the Scream Team and have twice the fun scaring from the safety of the other side! We are recruiting Scarers as well as our Scream Support Team with varied roles available from costumes and make-up to sound and lighting. Visit the Scream Team web page for more information. Remember, scaring is caring...!

The Eve of War, WWI Centenary Event

This weekend, Kentwell Hall is holding a special WWI Centenary Event. The Eve of War explores domestic country house life in 1914 as Britain prepared to enter the Great War.

We know that by August 1914 there were troops camping in the Park and officers staying at the House as the guests of Sir John Aird. The Eve of War is a small re-creation, but a fantastic opportunity to learn more about Edwardian life as you meet and interact with our participants re-creating life and work on the Manor in 1914. The re-creation is included in our normal House Opening ticket price.

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Mindful Walking Meditation

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Mindful Meditations

The concept of Mindfulness is being spoken of a lot these days… a simple
technique which works wonders for de-stressing - but sometimes it can be hard
to achieve, as so much of the time we are caught up in our heads — thinking
of the past or future, planning, imagining, worrying…

We are pleased to announce that Brenda Louw of ChillOut Yoga will be leading
guided Walking Mindful Meditations in the Kentwell Hall Gardens from Monday
14 July. These Mindful Meditations, suitable for beginners or more
experienced meditators, will help you to enjoy simply being in the moment…
a skill you can develop to take into your daily life…

Mondays (excluding Bank Holidays) 6-7pm from 14 July

Meet at the main gates of Kentwell Hall, and from there we will walk to the
gardens.

Please note, the times and days will change with the seasons, so be sure to check www.chilloutyoga.co.uk for updates. The walks are also weather dependent! If you are unsure, please do check to see if the walk is going ahead (call or text on 07791 385240).

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