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Celebrating a Dickensian Christmas

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The halls are decked, the fire is roaring and the Bence family and their household look forward to welcoming you to Christmas 1869. With special guest, Mr Dickens, reading his popular 'A Christmas Carol', a Music Hall complete with magic from The Great Edmundo, plus Father Christmas in residence, there's plenty of festive cheer to go round. Click here to learn more about our festive treat.

To celebrate a wonderful year at Kentwell, we're counting down the days to Christmas with a Kentwell Advent Calendar (#kentwellcalendar). Each day, we'll be posting a favourite picture of Kentwell life, events and other animals from 2013, looking back at some of the highlights on the Manor. Make it part of your festive routine!

Christmas in Gaol - Kentwell 1868

Kentwell's Dickensian Christmas is a magical treat for all the family. As the Bence family prepare for the festive season of 1869, Captain Bence hopes Mr Fenner has learnt his lesson from the previous year.

From the reports of the Petty Session, December 24th 1868
[Before E.S. Bence and J. Sikes Esq., and Rev. N.W. Hallward.]

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Bury and Norwich Post, and Suffolk Herald, Tuesday 29th December 1868; p.6; Issue 4514; p. 6; 19th Century British Library Newspapers: Part II.

We hope our visitors avoid the pleasure of Christmas in Melford Gaol this year!

After the scare...

As the last ghosts and ghouls are rounded up from the Manor, we would like to say a massive thank you to the staff, volunteers, and of course, the visitors to Scaresville and our new Little Monster, Halloweenies.

We are already working to make Halloween 2014 better than ever! Make sure you keep up-to-date with the latest news by signing up to the Kentwell newsletter (website footer) and following us on Facebook and Twitter.

Looking forward to scaring you in 2014!

Halloween at Kentwell!

We've something for everyone this Halloween at Kentwell. For fearless souls, Scaresville, one of Britain's Top Scare Attractions returns, and for Scaredy Cats and Little Monsters, Halloweenies .

Dark forces are at work in the grounds... a Haunted Village has mysteriously appeared. Enter Scaresville at your peril!

Winner of a prestigious Screamie Award, experience over an hour of pure adrenaline, as you journey through dark rooms, forests and farmland. By the time you leave, you will be exhausted from screaming (and laughing) so much. Only the bravest should enter the Scare Zone...

If you're a Scaredy Cat, or own some Little Monsters, you may prefer Halloweenies - Scaresville's Little Monster.

Good, old-fashioned Halloween fun is in store for Little Terrors this half-term. With ghoulish games, scary stories and creepy crafts to keep mini-werewolves entertained, we recommend wearing your favourite Halloween outfit for double the fun - fearsome face painting available in the Big Top!

Advance booking recommended for both events. Happy Halloween!

Mac-Beth, Friday 4th October

Our last theatrical event of the year is 'Mac-Beth', a new dark comedy from critically acclaimed writer and director, Sebastian Rex.

Performed in the Overcroft Theatre on Friday 4th October, book in advance and join us for a special pre-theatre buffet.

Stripping the play to five core characters, Mac-Beth is set in the minds of an ambitious and sleep-deprived couple.  Reality and hallucination merge in a unique piece of theatre which couples Shakespeare's original verses with the modern-day style of Sebastian Rex. 

Performed by Theatrical Niche Ltd. with Acting Like Mad, expect an energetic and intense production. 

Performance Time: 7.30pm (Gates open at 6.30pm)
The delicious pre-performance buffet will be served from 6.30pm. Booking required.

As ever, online booking discounts are available.

Apple Day 28th - 29th September

Celebrate Apple Day and the Potager in full harvest at Kentwell Hall's 17th Century Walled Garden. Plus, the last weekend the House, Garden and Farm are open until our Dickensian Christmas!

Kentwell has a collection of over 60 apple and pear varieties, from Norfolk Beefing to the Pitmaston Pine Apple. The first fruit trees were planted in the 17th Century, and the espaliered orchard maintains this layout today, with trees both ancient and modern producing fruit for the House and Tearooms.

Taste and compare varieties including the Irish Peach, Summer Golden Pippin, Crimson Queening and Emrith Early. For traditionalists, Suffolk varieties include the Sturmer Pippin, Lady Henniker and St Edmund's Pippin.

Head Gardener Peter Suttle will be on hand to provide tasting notes on the apples and answering your pomicultural questions.

Apple treats will be on sale in the Stableyard Tearoom!

Open 11am - 5pm. Advance booking discounts available.

Tudor Michaelmas - This Weekend

Our last Tudor Re-Creation of the year!

Join the Tudors to celebrate the Feast of St Michael and All Angels in 1559. With the harvest gathered in, the gentry, retainers (cooks, bakers etc), craftsmen and labourers are preparing for the long winter ahead.

The House, Gardens and Farm are open, with Tudors at work and play throughout the Manor.
Open 11am - 5pm, Saturday 21st - Sunday 22nd September**

Hard at work in the Forge

Mad Bob has been busy with fire and metal in the Tudor Forge this weekend, as part of our Tudor High Summer bank holiday event! The manor has been brought to life by over 100 Tudors, carrying out the daily life of Tudors rich and poor. From Gentry in the grand mansion, to basket weavers in the Walled Garden, painters creating murals in the alehouse and bakers in the Moat house producing a whole range of delicious treats. There's been plenty for visitors to see, experience and learn about.

Here's Mad Bob hard at work:


Tudor High Summer this weekend

Enjoy everyday life in Tudor England this bank holiday weekend at Kentwell’s Tudor High Summer!

Experience daily life in 1559 with some 100+ costumed Tudors this weekend. High Summer was a time of great celebration for Tudors and you can expect to see processions, music, dance and liveliness against the background of the daily life of Tudors rich and poor.

There will be plenty of Tudor activity in the Dairy, Bakehouse, Stillroom and Needle Room, all based in the strikingly beautiful Moat House. There will also be gentry activity in the Tudor Mansion itself.

In the Garden, the Potager and Herb Garden are usually fine and the espaliered apple trees should be fruiting a'plenty.

It's a truly wonderful time of year to enjoy Tudor life at Kentwell Hall. Come and celebrate High Summer as the Tudors did this bank holiday weekend!

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