Sat 2 & Sun 3 May

May Day Celebrations

Don't just visit — be part of it!

We are closed.

We will re-open as soon as it is indicated that it is safe to do so.

We have had no choice but to close the Gardens, Farm, Shop and Tearoom indefinitely until the Government permit us to re-open.

Special Events: many of our special events have been cancelled or are at risk of being cancelled.  Please check against each event.  Different events take different times to recruit, set up and promote so some later events may be cancelled before earlier ones.

We shall update regularly, so please keep checking.  The longer we suffer Government restrictions, the more events will, alas, be cancelled.  We do hope you will stay in contact - we will continue to update you here and via our social media channels.

Meanwhile, we wish all those who know and love Kentwell that you and yours keep well in these difficult times and avoid severe infection of this virus.

If you have booked tickets for any of our events or opening, any and all such tickets will be available to be used for any remaining opening days this year or, if there are none, for days of the same event in the following year.  No refunds will be available.

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.

Coronavirus Information and Precautions: We plan to open on all advertised days.  Our site follows the personal hygiene government advice, and we encourage all visitors to follow this advice, to protect themselves and others.  

Should the Event for which you have booked tickets, or any days of the Event, be cancelled due to Coronavirus, a variant of it, or any other such disease, then any and all such tickets will be available to be used for the remaining days this year for that Event or, if none, for days of the same event in the following year - no refunds whatsoever will be available in this instance.

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

Booking for this event is currently unavailable.

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