It's that time of year again! Preparations for Scaresville 2014 are in full swing as our Scream Team conjure up ever more imaginative ways to scare our willing victims. This year, Scaresville will be bigger, badder and scarier than ever before - definitely not for the faint-hearted!
Doesn't sound like your cup of tea? Join the Scream Team and have twice the fun scaring from the safety of the other side! We are recruiting Scarers as well as our Scream Support Team with varied roles available from costumes and make-up to sound and lighting. Visit the Scream Team web page for more information. Remember, scaring is caring...!
We know that by August 1914 there were troops camping in the Park and officers staying at the House as the guests of Sir John Aird. The Eve of War is a small re-creation, but a fantastic opportunity to learn more about Edwardian life as you meet and interact with our participants re-creating life and work on the Manor in 1914. The re-creation is included in our normal House Opening ticket price.
The concept of Mindfulness is being spoken of a lot these days… a simple
technique which works wonders for de-stressing - but sometimes it can be hard
to achieve, as so much of the time we are caught up in our heads — thinking
of the past or future, planning, imagining, worrying…
We are pleased to announce that Brenda Louw of ChillOut Yoga will be leading
guided Walking Mindful Meditations in the Kentwell Hall Gardens from Monday
14 July. These Mindful Meditations, suitable for beginners or more
experienced meditators, will help you to enjoy simply being in the moment…
a skill you can develop to take into your daily life…
Mondays (excluding Bank Holidays) 6-7pm from 14 July
Meet at the main gates of Kentwell Hall, and from there we will walk to the
Please note, the times and days will change with the seasons, so be sure to check www.chilloutyoga.co.uk for updates. The walks are also weather dependent! If you are unsure, please do check to see if the walk is going ahead (call or text on 07791 385240).
Our Tudor Schools Event concluded with a day dedicated to Home Educators. The Home Ed-ers went all out on costumes with some fantastic outfits heading through the Time Tunnel to the Sixteenth Century. Thanks to Jane Gordon-Chauvet for the following feedback:
The Colours of Home Ed Day!
Thank you for the most wondrous experience. We loved the 6 hours we were there today. Learnt so much (Roman Numerals!). Met some lovely people. A special thanks to the people with whom my children spent time - John and Avis talking to Jamie about Coracle building; Emma and her brilliant musicians, the gorgeous washer ladies (you have a very keen apprentice in the making), the soldiers (for their humour), the fellows at the archery area, the woodsmen (AMAZING!! Hope the p****** newt spoon comes out well)' the fabulous felters and dyers - inspiring and to the children who were totally absorbed in their roles. A huge THANK YOU!!!!! to you ALL!
Today we welcomed the first of over 8,500 school children to travel through the Time Tunnel and explore life in the Sixteenth Century. Visiting a Kentwell Re-Creation is a memorable experience. Almost all the Kentwell staff, and many of the brides and grooms who choose a wedding at Kentwell Hall, are among the more than half a million who have visited our Tudor Schools Event since the late 1970s.
This year's Great Annual Re-creation, 'Kentwell 1578', started this weekend and we were delighted to receive the following feedback from a Kentwell returnee:
I first visited Kentwell as part of a School trip in about 1982/3. I loved it
then and today, just over 30 years later, I took my 4 year old daughter and
sceptical husband to see your Tudor recreation. We had a wonderful time - it
was everything I remembered and better - although I do wonder how you can
feel nostalgic about Tudor times! Thank you so much for providing us with a
wonderful family day out and an antidote to all the 'recreations' at other
properties which never, in my view, live up to the Kentwell experience. It
was worth the trip form Norwich and I hope it won't be another 39 years
before we come back.
Fare thee well!
With thanks and best wishes,
Kentwell 1578 is open for the next two weekends with Midsummer Celebrations this coming Saturday & Sunday (14th & 15th) and a grand finale complete with Pageant and Fayre on 28th & 29th June. Don't miss out!
It's all hands to the deck as we prepare for the Great Annual Re-Creation starting on June 14th. Transforming the Manor back to the year 1578 is a tricky task, but never fear, Team Leader Bernie is here!
Rumour has it, he'll be overseeing rota duties during the event. Participants, be very afraid! Bernie is a stickler for cleanliness...
Sats & Suns 14th - 29th June
Step back in time and experience a day in the Sixteenth Century
Tickets are now on sale for our 32nd Open Air Theatre Season.
This year we welcome back the GB Theatre Company and the South Anglian Savoy Players. Performances will be played in the open air on the Cedar Lawn; an area within the moat, providing mellow, Tudor brickwork or a vista of the gardens as a beautiful theatrical backcloth. Whatever the weather, it is an experience not to be missed!
Macbeth GB Theatre Company
Fri 25 July 2014 - 7.45pm
Sun 27 July - 7.45pm
The Comedy of Errors GB Theatre Company
Sat 26 July 2014 - 7.45pm
Sun 27 July - 3.00pm
Iolanthe The South Anglian Savoy Players
Sat 2 August 2014 - 7.45pm
Congratulations to Felicity & Martin Gore for narrowly beating the Wilson Team to victory in our fiendish 2014 Eggheads Quiz.
1st - 272 points - Felicity & Martin Gore
2nd - 269 points - The Wilson Team
3rd - 185 points - The Herbert Team
4th - 169 points - Laura Anthony
5th - 152 points - The Kowalski Team
Join us next Easter for another fiendish quiz from Eggheads Quizmaster, Patrick Phillips.
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!
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.
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!