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Wolf Hall Embroidery - this weekend!

This weekend, Renaissance Silkwork will be displaying traditional 16th Century blackwork items made for the recent Wolf Hall series.

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Wolf-Hall-Embroidery-Kentwell-Hall.jpgThe BBC’s adaptation of Wolf Hall involved a number of Kentwell Tudors in various production roles including costume and weapons. Two of these Tudors, expert needlewomen Apple Ivory and Mally Ley, will be at Kentwell Hall this weekend to talk about the adaptation and displaying intricate traditional blackwork props made for the series.

Patrick Phillips, owner of Kentwell said:
“Of course Wolf Hall should have been filmed at Kentwell, one of the few houses exactly contemporary with the times illustrated! Nonetheless, Kentwell was in a sense present as a number of Kentwell's regular Tudor re-enactors had significant roles in the production from assistant producer, to costumiers and artefacts provision. Many of those who have participated in Kentwell Re-Creations have acquired great period skills which are much sought after for costume dramas and films."

Head to the parlour to learn more about the history and technique of this intricate art and meet the ladies behind the creations.

The house will be open from 11am - 4pm.

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Win tickets to Wool Weekend 2015!

Missing out on the woolly fun at Kentwell during lambing season? On June 6th & 7th, we're exploring the wool story from fleece to jumper at our Wool Weekend.

Watch sheep shearing live in the stableyard as our flock of Norfolk Horns undergo their annual haircuts, then follow the journey of the fleece as our Tudor & 21st Century artisans demonstrate the transformation of wool from the raw product to beautiful knitted garments. The House, Gardens & Farm will be open, you can join the Knit & Natterers who return to the stableyard, and we'll have special fun and activities on the farm for kids.

And you could be there too! Post a #sheepselfie to Facebook or Twitter for your chance to win a family ticket to our Woolly Weekend! All you need is a pen, paper and a camera - follow the guide below for your #sheepselfie masterclass, but don't be afraid to get creative!
Entries close on Sunday 12th April at midnight. Good luck!

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Our first lamb of 2015!

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Happy Mother's Day - our first Norfolk Horn lamb was born this morning!

To celebrate, we're rewarding the best name suggestion with a family ticket to our Easter Holiday Lambing Festival!
Enter on Facebook or Twitter with #NameNumberOne for your chance to win!

New Season at Kentwell

A great start to the new season with rave reviews of the new menu in our our family friendly Stableyard Tearoom.

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Launched for the 2015 Season, it features a wider range of freshly baked cakes, pastries, light lunches and snacks, alongside old favourites. Plus the kitchen have created a new Kentwell Kids Menu full of 'Healthy Food for Hungry Explorers', to tempt brave Heffalump Hunters.

Outside in the Stableyard, there is a newly installed Caterpillar Trail to entertain children whilst you eat, and a 'Buggy and Boots Wash' point so the mud stays on the Kentwell farm!

The Kentwell Team have loved being guinea pigs for the new menu (it's a tough job!), and hope you will enjoy it as much as we do.

Events & Admin Assistant - Seasonal Internship

We're recruiting! Join the Kentwell Team for a seasonal internship - great experience for anyone considering a career in event management.

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The Neighbo(u)rhood Sheep Society

Indie knitting shop, Ginger Twist Studio in Edinburgh, used our Norfolk Horn wool for the first instalment of the Neighbo(u)rhood Sheep Society Best of British Yarn Club 2015.

Based in Edinburgh, the collaboration between Ginger's Hand Dyed and Yarn and Pointy Sticks Design created the hand-dyed Best of British range from wool sourced directly from small producers for what is a unique 100% British yarn club.

The first installment used Kentwell's Norfolk Horn wool, beautifully dyed and the duo say the fibre is dense and springy making it the perfect base for warm accessories. And here is an example of the finished product!
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Photograph © Clare Devine

Kentwell Norfolk Horn.pngWe can't wait to have a go! And if you love woolcrafts as much as we do, we're celebrating all things woolly with a special Knit & Natter weekend on March 21st & 22nd as part of our Lambing Weekends. Meet the sheep, watch the new lambs and bring your knitting (crochet or any woolcraft) for a free cup of tea in our tearoom! We'll have experts on hand to help you out, inspire you to greatness or get you started!

The first signs of spring

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The weather may be a little chilly, but spring is cautiously creeping over the Kentwell Manor. The Nut Walk is full of bright yellow catkins blowing in the wind and the bright scarlet female flowers add a hidden dash of colour.

Spring is always an exciting time at Kentwell. The Walled Garden has been put to bed and the rows of neatly pruned espaliered apple trees stand in tidy rows, waiting to burst into life. Walking across the manor, the massed spring bulbs are beginning to appear through the grass, and routes change as the winding spring walkways reappear.

Weather and bulb-permitting, the gardens re-open in mid-February for you to explore the magnificent displays of snowdrops and daffodils and admire the changing spring gardens as the season progresses. Lambing begins in mid-March, and you will be able to watch the newly born lambs finding their feet in the lambing pens and racing around the front lawn.

Meanwhile, the Kentwell Team are hard at work creating an even bigger programme of events for 2015. With even more chances to visit our historical re-creations, and more family events and activities, we are looking forward to an exciting 2015 at Kentwell Hall.

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