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!
A great start to the new season with rave reviews of the new menu in our our family friendly Stableyard Tearoom.
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.
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!
Photograph © Clare Devine
We 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 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.
The Naughty Christmas Elves have played a mean trick and the chimneys have disappeared from Kentwell Hall!
Correctly guess the number of chimneys at Kentwell (inside the main moat), and if you are the first name out of his hat, Father Christmas will thank you with a Kid's Season Ticket for 2015! We're launching new family activities next year, so it will be well used!
You have until 5.25pm on Christmas Eve when Father Christmas will be flying over Kentwell Hall, and the winner will be announced in the New Year.
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!
Our 2015 Group Booking Packs have arrived! If your group or society would like to visit Kentwell Hall, e-mail email@example.com 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.