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Libretto on the Lawn

Tickets are now on sale for our 32nd Open Air Theatre Season.

This year we welcome back the GB Theatre Company and the South Anglian Savoy Players. Performances will be played in the open air on the Cedar Lawn; an area within the moat, providing mellow, Tudor brickwork or a vista of the gardens as a beautiful theatrical backcloth. Whatever the weather, it is an experience not to be missed!

Macbeth GB Theatre Company
Fri 25 July 2014 - 7.45pm
Sun 27 July - 7.45pm

The Comedy of Errors GB Theatre Company
Sat 26 July 2014 - 7.45pm
Sun 27 July - 3.00pm

Iolanthe The South Anglian Savoy Players
Sat 2 August 2014 - 7.45pm

Easter Eggheads Quiz - The Results!

Congratulations to Felicity & Martin Gore for narrowly beating the Wilson Team to victory in our fiendish 2014 Eggheads Quiz.

1st - 272 points - Felicity & Martin Gore
2nd - 269 points - The Wilson Team
3rd - 185 points - The Herbert Team
4th - 169 points - Laura Anthony
5th - 152 points - The Kowalski Team

Join us next Easter for another fiendish quiz from Eggheads Quizmaster, Patrick Phillips.

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The Pied Pipers of Kentwell

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Joining Judith's spectacular Pied Piper topiary in the garden - a must-see for garden lovers, three new rat catchers.


The mother and daughters are getting used to their new accommodation before they take to the manor and earn their keep! If you look very closely at the topiary, you will spot a little dog; perhaps a cat or two will join the yew hedge one day.

The three new members of the team were adopted from SESAW, a local animal welfare charity based in Leavenheath. For more information about SESAW and the animals they rescue, click here to visit their website.

The cats are a little shy at the moment, but we'll keep them indoors until they are accustomed to the hustle and bustle of life at Kentwell. With only a week until our Festive Easter celebrations, it's not long until their first glimpse of Tudor life on the Manor. We promise to keep them safe from the Tudors - they weren't known for their love of cats!

Daffodils and lambing


There is something about daffodils that says "spring is here". This year's early daffodils are making a fantastic show with many more to follow. Such is Patrick Phillips' love of daffodils, he added 75,000 bulbs to those already at Kentwell when he bought the house in the 1970s. The massed daffodils are a sight to behold, and worth a visit as they bloom in the coming weeks.

In 2013, Judith Phillips took a well-earned break after 35 years of annual lambing. This year, with the help of her crack team, lambing returns and is set to start in mid-March. Visitors can see lambs being born and keep up-to-date with the return of our addictive LambCam! You can watch all the action from the Stableyard right here on our website.
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Watch the action, then come and see the new arrivals at our Lambing Weekends. A Family Ticket (2 adults 2 children) is available for the three lambing weekends at near 40% off gate prices. This offer is only available online!

All About Kentwell - New Information Centre


We are pleased to announce our new Kentwell Information Centre opens this weekend. Free to all, it can be found upstairs in our Gatehouse Shop. You'll find information about the history and events at Kentwell with further artefact displays coming soon...

Congratulations to our Shop Manager for her hard work in setting up this fantastic new resource for Kentwell.

Spring at Kentwell

The first crocuses of the year in the Kentwell Gardens.

The woodlands are full of snowdrops and the daffodils are coming on fast, so now is a fantastic time to shake off the winter blues and explore the Kentwell grounds. Head to our Spring Bulbs page for opening times and advance booking discounts!

Kentwell Supper Series

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A successful start to our 2014 Supper Series as whisky, haggis, neeps and poetry combined for a lively Burns Night Celebration.

Particular thanks to the kitchen who worked by candlelight to provide the 'Great Chieftain o' the puddin-race' after an unexpected storm played havoc with the electricity!

Next stop, A 1920s Valentine on Friday February 14th. Start practising your charleston!

Kentwell - A Winning Picture!

Congratulations to Jonathan Casey whose photo of the Kentwell Moat won the Gardens category of the RHS Photographic Competition 2013!

Celebrating Robert Burns

Tartan, trews and dancing shoes recommended!

Celebrate one of Scotland's greatest poets at our traditional Burns Night celebration on January 25th. Whether you're Scottish or not, you'll find it a stimulating occasion!

A welcome in the Great Hall complete with piper, hot mull and shortbread, before processing to the banquet and enjoying a three course feast of traditional Scottish fare. We'll then push the tables back and clear the floor for dancing into the evening.

Evening dress (your finest tartan) and advance booking essential!

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year

Thanks to the staff, volunteers and visitors for making 2013 a very special year at Kentwell Hall. Here's to an exciting 2014!

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