Kentwell's Twelve Days of Christmas Trail
Sat 19, Sun 20 and Mon 21 December, in half-hour entry time slots from 10am
Bring your family to explore our fun, festive trail around Kentwell's Gardens and Grounds, and enjoy entertainment and a visit to Father Christmas.
A Special Christmas Event
We offer a gallimaufry of yuletide fun for you and your family. It will feature our ever-popular Father Christmas, who will see families with children aged 11 and under, one 'bubble' at a time, at the end of a Twelve Days of Christmas trail around the beautiful gardens and grounds. The trail will incorporate entertainments and activities for all to join in with, as you take a winter's walk through the gardens and part of the farm.
The event has been designed to make sure we comply with current Covid Guidelines and to facilitate you in your 'bubbles'. We ask that you follow the route shown on the map provided as you enter the event, to assist you in maintaining a good social-distance apart.
The Gardens (and the house, when open) are magical at any time, but these events bring the magic to life.
Please book your day and your entry time band and please arrive in good time to get the most out of their visit. You are welcome to arrive at any time from the start of your session, you don't need to be here exactly at the start time! However, our last entry is at 1.30pm; if you arrive later than that, you may not have the time to see everything, and we have so much for you all to enjoy!
Please note that advance booking is essential for this event as we will be strictly limiting numbers in particular areas, and on site in general. If we have sold out of tickets for any particular day on-line, we regret we will not be able to offer tickets to buy at the gate, as we cannot go above our maximum safe numbers.
Masks and Gloves: We ask that everyone brings lower face coverings to wear in indoor areas such as our loos. We also suggest gloves are worn at all times when handling objects. Please bring your own hand sanitiser. Please do not attend if you are suffering from, or displaying any symptoms of, Coronavirus, or if you have recently been in contact with someone who has had symptoms or tested positive for Coronavirus.
Rule of Six: While you are welcome to book as many tickets as you like, we ask that you remain in your household group of no more than six (unless your household is of more than six people) , observing current social distancing spacing between groups.
Practical Advice for your Visit
Dress Warmly! The activities will be outside, or beneath open-sided but roofed areas, so make sure you are wrapped up warmly! Feel free to wear your favourite Christmas hat, and don't forget your festive wellies - the festive season can be muddy.
Access: access is acceptable, but some areas may be challenging in wet conditions.
"How long will our visit be?" Please allow at least two hours for your visit - more if you plan to have refreshments. The event closes at 4pm.
"What if it rains or snows?" We will go ahead whatever the weather - please ensure all members of your party are suitably dressed and shod for the forecasted weather conditions. Kentwell Hall has its own Met Office weather report - please click here to view it.
Food and Drink A range of delicious food and snacks will be available from our Take-Out Tearoom.
"Will the house and gardens be open?" The house will not be open. The event is based in and around Kentwell's 30 acres of gardens and grounds.
"Are there any extra costs?" The ticket price includes entry to the event, the activities and parking. The only extra costs which may be incurred would be for refreshments and souvenir purchases.
Dogs: no dogs, except guide dogs, are permitted within the grounds.
Cancellations and Refunds
Should Government action at any time cause us to cancel the event or any day of it, we will, of course, refund any tickets purchased for any affected days. Otherwise, we operate a no-refunds policy. It may be possible to transfer your tickets to another day, but you must give us at least two days advance notice.
Virus Precautions: Visitors must use the map provided and observe current social distancing guidelines, as they follow the one-way route around the gardens. Rules and precautions for visitors are displayed on entry and at points in the Gardens. Please bring gloves and hand sanitiser, and wear lower face coverings if you choose.
Kentwell's Gardens provide a haven of tranquility and beauty in a challenging world. A feeling of naturalness and they are not over-manicured where visitors can lose themselves in the moment, The 16th C House and 15th C Moat House may not be open (due to the virus) but are ever present. Their beauty and the usually still waters of the moats, disturbed only by fish and fowl, set the tone. There is an aura of timelessness created by the mellow red brick and the water of the extensive moats and the ancient trees from our 1000 year-old oak to a lawn guarded by England's most majestic Cedars.
There is also a strong sense of the past which is not surprising given that the Gardens here developed over six centuries and the keen eye will find elements from each. There's a sense of fun too; from the sculpted tree and courtyard maze to the yew castle and varied topiary, some of it truly massive, encountered throughout. Topiary here is not a constant dull green but has may hues and as many shapes. All the shaping is not green; the gnarled arms of the ancient espalier fruit trees, the hornbeam hedge of the magic circle or the long avenue of pyramidical lime trees all as striking bare as when in full leaf.
A twelve year-old boy recently volunteered after spending two hours in the Gardens, having been dragged here by a parent, that he was not bored for a moment. That's to be expected when the gardens are decorated with a different feeling during events, but he was describing a day without any. These are gardens to make you smile whatever your age.
Tickets & prices
Booking for this event is currently unavailable.