Eastertide Event


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Easter Weekend is one of our most popular weekends of the year - we have so much going on, and as most of it is indoors, it is a very weather-proof event!

  • Tudor Eastertide - 100 Tudors about the manor, under cover and in the grounds, celebrating Easter Tudor-style.

  • The Impossible Easter Quiz – attempt our infamous impossible Quiz challenge for the whole family, for a chance to win a huge chocolate egg.

  • House Open - view the Hall (some rooms downstairs will contain Tudors!).

  • Gardens Open - spring bulbs and blossom festoon over 10 acres of garden, moats, ponds and woodland. Breathtaking.

  • Childrens' Easter Egg Trail - find all the wooden eggs and crack the code to win a prize.

  • Family Fun Trails – join the Storybook Trail in the Gardens and the Heffalump Hunt down on the Farm.

  • On the Farm - this year's lambs, chicks and piglets join the sheep, cows, pigs, goats and horses.

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 - a visit to a Kentwell event really is a whole Day Out!

We'll also be serving delicious lunches, teas and snacks in our Stableyard area.

Easter, Tudor-style

We will have over 100 Tudors around the Manor carrying out various everyday activities as if they were in the year 1594.

Easter is a curious amalgamation of Pagan and Christian traditions. Eggs represent the rebirth of the sun. Hot cross buns too have pagan roots and were hung up to ward off evil. And did you know Good Friday is the second most important day of the year for witches?

The Bakehouse will be very busy baking hot cross buns (donations for which go to Macmillan Cancer Support). The Cooks in the Tudor Kitchen create a big feast for the Gentlefolk for Easter Sunday. Visit the Needlewomen and hang something on their Trinity Tree and discuss the politics and news of the times with the Gentlefolk. All around the manor 16th Century life will be continuing as usual.

Children's Easter Egg Trail

We hide a number of wooden eggs round the gardens for children to find. Each bears a code that can be used to solve a puzzle.

The Impossible Quiz

This has been a feature of our Easter opening for well over 30 years. No ordinary quiz, but a challenging (and sometimes frustrating) test of your powers of observation as well as your wit. Written by Patrick Phillips, the owner of Kentwell, it is a fun challenge for the whole family. Teams of egg-heads come from around the country to compete to win our huge chocolate Easter egg. Pit your wits against us, if you dare!

Gardens

Kentwell Gardens are a delight at any time but at no time are they better than in Spring when everywhere is awash with spring bulbs, blooms and blossom. In the Walled Garden the ancient espaliered fruit trees proudly show off their blossom-covered gnarled branches.

Weather

Please do not think that Kentwell is just a fair weather visit - we carry on whatever the weather. There will be indoor activities and some of our outdoor activities can be moved inside if the weather fails us.

House, Garden & Farm

House, Gardens & Farm will all be fully open this weekend.

How long to spend?

Most people arrive early and aim to spend most of the day here - there is so much to do and see.

Catering

We shall be be serving homemade lunches and teas in the Stableyard Restaurant.

There is a picnic site by the Main Gates, with a marvellous view of the house, however we do not allow picnics inside the grounds.

Tickets and Prices

Special Prices apply for this weekend - please see below. HHA visitors do not enjoy free entry during this weekend.

Tickets will be available to purchase on the gate. However, we suggest you book in advance for discounted tickets.

No dogs are allowed within the grounds.

Please note: online tickets must be booked before the day of your visit.

Ticket Prices

TicketPriceOnline Price - must be booked in advance
Adult ticket - Eastertide£16.75£15.08
Senior (60+) ticket - Eastertide£15.75£14.18
Child (5-15) Ticket - Eastertide£12.75£11.48
Child under 5Free entryFree entry
Family Ticket (2 adult + 2 child)£57.00£51.30
Open on: 
Fri 14 April - Mon 17 April
Open times: 
11am - 5pm
Number of Re-Creation Folk: 
100+ costumed 'Tudors'
Amount of House open: 
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