We are delighted to announce that our Tudor High Summer event will be even more hands-on than ever before!
Don't just meet the Tudors, get involved with Tudor crafts and activities - and its not just for kids, adults can join in with Tudor life too.
Each station will include a tactile experience including activities such as arrow whipping, silk finger braiding, carving, butter churning and needlepoint; it's your chance to try your hand at being Tudor!
Tudor High Summer runs from Sunday 23rd - Monday 31st August. Book in advance for discounted tickets - click here for more information.
You never know, you might be inspired to join our dedicated band of Kentwellies who guide you through life in Tudor England!
A special ceremony was held last night to unveil a new portrait for the Great Hall.
Painted by a fellow participant, Tissy was a much-loved stalwart of re-creations for many years, best known for her portrayal of the Lady of the the House.
Tissy is much-missed by participants and visitors alike who gathered in the Great Hall to celebrate the unveiling with a glass of gin, her favourite tipple.
We are delighted the Kentwell Gardens have been listed in the Guardian's '12 of the best secret gardens in the UK' compiled by Tania Pascoe, author of 'Wild Garden Weekends'.
Our beautiful gardens and grounds are open to explore on selected days from February to October and during our special events. Visit our 'What's On' page for the latest opening times and information.
And if you would like to find out more from our talented Garden Team, on Saturday 19th & Sunday 20th September, alongside our Tudor Michaelmas Re-Creation, the Team will be on hand in the Walled Garden to answer questions at a special Apple Weekend celebration. Book online for discounted tickets!
Did you know we now offer House Tours?
See the progress at Kentwell and discover its fascinating history on a guided tour through the Hall.
Tours take approximately one hour and are available most Mondays - Thursdays (outside school holidays) at 2.30pm. The tour is included in the price of a standard house, gardens and farm ticket.
This weekend, Renaissance Silkwork will be displaying traditional 16th Century blackwork items made for the recent Wolf Hall series.
The 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.
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!