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The Pied Pipers of Kentwell

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Joining Judith's spectacular Pied Piper topiary in the garden - a must-see for garden lovers, three new rat catchers.


The mother and daughters are getting used to their new accommodation before they take to the manor and earn their keep! If you look very closely at the topiary, you will spot a little dog; perhaps a cat or two will join the yew hedge one day.

The three new members of the team were adopted from SESAW, a local animal welfare charity based in Leavenheath. For more information about SESAW and the animals they rescue, click here to visit their website.

The cats are a little shy at the moment, but we'll keep them indoors until they are accustomed to the hustle and bustle of life at Kentwell. With only a week until our Festive Easter celebrations, it's not long until their first glimpse of Tudor life on the Manor. We promise to keep them safe from the Tudors - they weren't known for their love of cats!

Daffodils and lambing


There is something about daffodils that says "spring is here". This year's early daffodils are making a fantastic show with many more to follow. Such is Patrick Phillips' love of daffodils, he added 75,000 bulbs to those already at Kentwell when he bought the house in the 1970s. The massed daffodils are a sight to behold, and worth a visit as they bloom in the coming weeks.

In 2013, Judith Phillips took a well-earned break after 35 years of annual lambing. This year, with the help of her crack team, lambing returns and is set to start in mid-March. Visitors can see lambs being born and keep up-to-date with the return of our addictive LambCam! You can watch all the action from the Stableyard right here on our website.
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Watch the action, then come and see the new arrivals at our Lambing Weekends. A Family Ticket (2 adults 2 children) is available for the three lambing weekends at near 40% off gate prices. This offer is only available online!

All About Kentwell - New Information Centre


We are pleased to announce our new Kentwell Information Centre opens this weekend. Free to all, it can be found upstairs in our Gatehouse Shop. You'll find information about the history and events at Kentwell with further artefact displays coming soon...

Congratulations to our Shop Manager for her hard work in setting up this fantastic new resource for Kentwell.

Spring at Kentwell

The first crocuses of the year in the Kentwell Gardens.

The woodlands are full of snowdrops and the daffodils are coming on fast, so now is a fantastic time to shake off the winter blues and explore the Kentwell grounds. Head to our Spring Bulbs page for opening times and advance booking discounts!

Kentwell Supper Series

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A successful start to our 2014 Supper Series as whisky, haggis, neeps and poetry combined for a lively Burns Night Celebration.

Particular thanks to the kitchen who worked by candlelight to provide the 'Great Chieftain o' the puddin-race' after an unexpected storm played havoc with the electricity!

Next stop, A 1920s Valentine on Friday February 14th. Start practising your charleston!

Kentwell - A Winning Picture!

Congratulations to Jonathan Casey whose photo of the Kentwell Moat won the Gardens category of the RHS Photographic Competition 2013!

Celebrating Robert Burns

Tartan, trews and dancing shoes recommended!

Celebrate one of Scotland's greatest poets at our traditional Burns Night celebration on January 25th. Whether you're Scottish or not, you'll find it a stimulating occasion!

A welcome in the Great Hall complete with piper, hot mull and shortbread, before processing to the banquet and enjoying a three course feast of traditional Scottish fare. We'll then push the tables back and clear the floor for dancing into the evening.

Evening dress (your finest tartan) and advance booking essential!

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year

Thanks to the staff, volunteers and visitors for making 2013 a very special year at Kentwell Hall. Here's to an exciting 2014!

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Celebrating a Dickensian Christmas

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The halls are decked, the fire is roaring and the Bence family and their household look forward to welcoming you to Christmas 1869. With special guest, Mr Dickens, reading his popular 'A Christmas Carol', a Music Hall complete with magic from The Great Edmundo, plus Father Christmas in residence, there's plenty of festive cheer to go round. Click here to learn more about our festive treat.

To celebrate a wonderful year at Kentwell, we're counting down the days to Christmas with a Kentwell Advent Calendar (#kentwellcalendar). Each day, we'll be posting a favourite picture of Kentwell life, events and other animals from 2013, looking back at some of the highlights on the Manor. Make it part of your festive routine!

Christmas in Gaol - Kentwell 1868

Kentwell's Dickensian Christmas is a magical treat for all the family. As the Bence family prepare for the festive season of 1869, Captain Bence hopes Mr Fenner has learnt his lesson from the previous year.

From the reports of the Petty Session, December 24th 1868
[Before E.S. Bence and J. Sikes Esq., and Rev. N.W. Hallward.]

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Bury and Norwich Post, and Suffolk Herald, Tuesday 29th December 1868; p.6; Issue 4514; p. 6; 19th Century British Library Newspapers: Part II.

We hope our visitors avoid the pleasure of Christmas in Melford Gaol this year!


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