• Event dates
    2 May - 3 May
  • Opening times
    11:00 – 17:00
  • House open
    Fully open
  • House Opening Times
    11:00 – 17:00

Sat 2 & Sun 3 May

May Day Celebrations

Don't just visit — be part of it!

Come to the village green and celebrate the coming of the Spring!

May Day was always the most popular festival of the year - time to welcome in the better weather and celebrate.  Step back into history and join in with the event as our living historians choose a may queen and raise the may tree.  Join in with garlanding, processions and dancing and watch traditional plays, all accompanied by authentic, live music - it all happens right in front of you!

The House will be open with the downstairs rooms brought to life with cooks in the kitchen and gentry in the great hall.  The Moat House will be full with workers baking and making and the villagers and crafts will be in the outbuildings.

There are acres of gardens to explore - abundant and alive with spring bulbs and blossom everywhere. 

On the farm, see the lambs in the paddocks and meet the miniature shetland ponies.

All activities continue whatever the weather - come early and stay for the whole day - there is so much to see and do.

What to expect

All of our activities will go on, whatever the weather, and your visit can certainly fill a whole day — Come early and stay for the day, there is so much to see and do.

Traditional Mummers' plays of the time are performed; in which good always ultimately overcomes evil! There is much music and dance as well as revelry and ribaldry.

As well as the Tudors at the Barns area, there are also Tudors at the main house: cooks, retainers and gentry and folks working in the Dairy, Bakehouse, Stillroom and Needlewomen.

Oh and Don't forget to join in the family fun trails following the storybook trail through the gardens!

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The facilities

A perfect family day out

House, gardens & farm

On the day, the house opening info will be as shown in the event details, above. You can also enjoy your time in the colourful gardens and meet the animals on the farm.

Food & drink

The Stableyard tearoom will be serving our seasonal homemade menu sourced mainly from the gardens with meat from the farm. We also have a tasty range of cakes and biscuits to tempt you!

If you fancy your own food, there is a picnic site by the main gates with a marvellous view of the house; however, we do not allow picnics inside the gardens.

Be prepared

Before you come...

The weather

All of our activities will go on, whatever the weather and your visit can certainly fill a rewarding whole day — Please dress appropriately.


The majority of the estate is fully wheelchair accessible in good weather but feel free to call us to discuss your needs.

Guide dogs only

No dogs, except guide dogs, are permitted within the grounds — sorry!

Tickets & prices

Get your tickets online & save

Online tickets must be booked before 9:00am of the day of your visit — but you can nearly always buy tickets on the day at the gate. You'll be able to choose dates and use your season ticket discounts during checkout.

Online On the day
Child under 5 yrs FREE FREE
Child 5-15 yrs £11.95 £13.95
Adult £15.85 £17.85
Senior over 64 yrs £14.95 £16.95
Family of 2 adults & 2 children £51.60 £59.60
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