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The first signs of spring

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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.

Win a Child's Season Ticket for 2015!

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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.

Either enter on Facebook, or e-mail your guess to enquiries@kentwell.co.uk

Good luck!

Kentwell Advent Calendar 2014

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!

Group Booking Packs - Now available

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Our 2015 Group Booking Packs have arrived! If your group or society would like to visit Kentwell Hall, e-mail enquires@kentwell.co.uk 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.

Scaresville 2014 - Thank you

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As the last of the Undead head into the container and we say goodbye to our Scaresville Interns, a final chance to say a massive THANK YOU and congratulations to everyone involved in making Scaresville 2014 such a success.

Scaresville 2014 was our biggest year yet, and thanks to the superb effort of the staff and volunteers, we made more people scream and laugh than ever before! The Kentwell Team are already working on ways to make next year's Scaresville even better. If you've got any great ideas and/or would like to take part, you can express your interest on the Scaresville 'Dare to Scare' page.

Back on the Manor, we are planning an exciting season of events for 2015 which we hope to announce shortly. If you are not on our mailing list, sign up at the bottom of the page for the latest news from Kentwell.

Thank you again to the Scream Team, staff and volunteers all your hard work. Bring on Scaresville 2015!

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Tudor Schools Event 2015

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Booking for our Summer 2015 Tudor Schools event is now open!

A visit to Kentwell fits seamlessly into the New National Curriculum. In 2015, 'Kentwell 1588' will focus on daily life when the England of Queen Elizabeth I was under threat by the Spanish Armada.

Kentwell's Re-creations are a unique school visit. They offer a scale and depth unmatched anywhere, giving total immersion in the sights, sounds and smells of the 16th Century. A visit to Tudor Kentwell brings history to a life in a way that cannot be matched in the classroom.

For more information, please click here to visit our Schools Website, or call 01787 310207.

The first weekend of screams...

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Kentwell has been transformed from Tudor Manor to terrifying nighttime haunt! With the first weekend nearly complete, here's what some of our brave victims had to say:

@SomeblokeJust: @Scaresville awesome night loved every min. Well worth the money.

@ladybankstein: What better way to spend your Friday night then being scared senseless @Scaresville

@Amy_Dobrucki: Epic #scaresville this year @KentwellHall I feel like I have done a full body work out from all the screaming and sprinting...

@zombiegeekgirl: @Scaresville What an awesome night. I've never screamed or laughed so much in my life. I can't wait to come back for more scares next year.

@Kinshipwithall: Brilliant night @Scaresville Haven't had so much fun in ages, screamed and laughed so much I ached!...and yes, hav2 admit I got scared :o/

Excellent work from our elite Scream Team! [ If you are brave enough to all the haunted grounds, visit the Scaresville website...]

13 Piglets - Unlucky for some!

Salt & Pepper farrowed a mighty litter of 13 piglets last night! Clearly she's got the Scaresville bug following our (Un)Lucky 13 competition!

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The piglets will be on show during our Tudor Michaelmas weekend (Sat 27th & Sun 28th September, when you can also meet our equally adorable Tudors!

13 Piglets - Unlucky for some!

Salt & Pepper farrowed a mighty litter of 13 piglets last night! Clearly she's got the Scaresville bug following our (Un)Lucky 13 competition!

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The piglets will be on show during our Tudor Michaelmas weekend (Sat 27th & Sun 28th September, when you can also meet our equally adorable Tudors!

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