The past brought to life by over 100 of Kentwell's  living historians

The principal feature of today's Re-Creation concentrates upon those wounded in WWI.Military history brought to life by Kentwell’s expert living historian

“Bringing the Boys Home” highlights the bravery and sacrifice made by those in the service of their country and the vital effort made by medical personnel in their devoted care. 

Follow soldiers from the trenches and fields of France as nearly 100 living historians show how they deal with injuries and experimental treatments on a scale never previously seen.

You can experience the route home for yourself, either as a mock casualty or volunteer medic - maybe help roll bandages - or write a letter home for a wounded soldier.

Explore tented treatment centres, requisitioned hospital buildings and chat with our villagers living with war on their doorsteps.

Sense the difference between the mud, blood and shelling of France, and the rolling fields and gardens of home, as the soldiers move towards safety and a life after war.

Elsewhere, watch out.  The King's Shilling Regency Recruiting Party may try to sign you up for the Army or Navy.     Also the Suffolk Regiment Living History Society will be re-creating the life of WWII British Infantrymen preparing to be sent to Burma in WWII.     Visit the 1960s Peace Camp. There have always been those who took a different stance

Weather: We open whatever the weather.  Please dress appropriately for the weather. Check  Met Office weather report. for forecast for Kentwell - ignore all other !

Terms and Conditions

Timing: Please pre-book your visit to help us monitor numbers expected on site, plus you get a discount of £2 per ticket. Last entry at 3.300pm, and the event will close at 5pm. If you are a Historic Houses member, please also book your tickets on-line.

Refreshments: We are pleased to offer light lunches and refreshments as a take-out service for visitors to enjoy outdoors.

Facilities: The loos are near the Tea Garden area.

Accessibility: Most of the gardens are accessible by wheelchair in good weather, via good pathways and firm, lawned or mown grass tracks.

Disabled Visitor Prices:  for registered disabled visitors and their carers

Dogs: Sorry, no dogs except guide dogs, are permitted within the grounds.

Cancellations and refunds: We operate a no-refunds, non-transferrable ticket policy. Please check our website before travelling.

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What’s on at Kentwell Hall

Kentwell hosts a variety of events and family days throughout the year, during which time the regular garden and house visit booking is unavailable.
Booking in the event will allow access to the gardens and depending on the event, certain areas of the house but not all.
Please check with our events calendar below before booking your visit.

  • Closed
  • Open to the public
  • Special event open to the public
  • Pre-booked for schools and home educators

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