Our Tudor volunteers do an amazing job. The team this Easter weekend, however, deserve extra thanks. When Hurricane Katie hit Kentwell at approx 2am on Sunday morning, a number of the hardy souls staying over in their tents were suddenly ripped from their slumbers by the violence of the storm.
Tents collapsed, or threatened to blow away. Caravans were buffetted and usually-stationary items blew around alarmingly. However, our ever-hardy team of Kentwellies rallied round and helped each other get sorted out, and even managed a few hours of shut-eye, before stoically making ready to receive and entertain the visitors for the day.
Few who visited on Sunday would have realised the broken night the majority our Tudors had endured.
Thank you to our not-easily-fazed, decidedly un-wimpy Tough Tudors who braved and beat the storm, and still put on an excellent event for our visitors. You really are a tremendous bunch!
This weekend, our new Chef, Richard, will be showcasing Kentwell meat as well as what his cooking can offer for our Tearoom.
Richard will be preparing a special Kentwell Roast Lamb lunch (one course plusa/coffee) on Saturday 12 and Sunday 13 March, noon to 2pm.
The price will include entry to the Gardens to see our spring bulbs at their best - an unbeatable £15 for adults and £10 for under 12s. Kentwell's Gardens, Farm and Family Trails will be open from 11am to 4pm on both days.
Please pre-book by clicking here.
If you would prefer to visit Kentwell's Gardens, Farm and Family Trails, without the roast lunch, tickets are available here.
Kentwell is one of the three locations for Alan Titchmarsh's new game show, Masterpiece. We feature on Tuesday 16th February at 3pm, and also on Thursday 18th February, both on BBC1.
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You don't need to be green-fingered to walk away with the £1000 prize. Every weekday afternoon, teams will have to value antiques, decipher the age of collectibles and work out which of three objects on display in the "Masterpiece Gallery" is worth £10,000.
All the action takes place in three stately homes, which boast plenty of treasures of their own: Parham House in West Sussex, Kentwell Hall in Suffolk and Firle Place in East Sussex.
The show was filmed at Kentwell in November 2015.
Half Term? We're ready for you! We have Snowdrops and Storybooks at Kentwell! Our Storybook Trail will be open on all of our Snowdrop Walk days: starting this Saturday 13th February and running all week until Sunday 21st February, 11am to 4pm.
We have lots of new stories for you this year - a fun way for families to enjoy the gardens and the walks. Follow the trail and find scenes from popular stories, with an excerpt from the story itself to read together. Let your imagination take you on an adventure through some of your favourite tales!
We hear the gardeners are concerned about a Very Hungry Caterpillar, that Frog and Toad have been busy sweeping leaves and Three Little Pigs are just about to get an unexpected visitor. Some of last year's favourites are returning - dare you cross the Troll's bridge, like the Three Billy Goats Gruff?
Reports are also coming in that a Heffalump has again been spotted in the woods... is anyone ready to go on a Heffalump Hunt?
More information and prices can be found at: http://www.kentwell.co.uk/events/hall-gardens/spring-bulbs
We are now recruiting for volunteers to take part in our summer season events. If you would like to apply to be part of Tudor Kentwell, either as a 'Tudor' or helping behind the scenes, please write in now, to: Live as a Tudor, Kentwell Hall, Long Melford, Suffolk CO10 9BA enclosing an A5 SAE. We will forward more information to you by return.