Judith & Patrick were delighted to present St Nicholas Hospice Care with a whopping donation of £3,723 today! The money was raised at various Kentwell events. St Nicholas Hospice is a local charity helping people live with life threatening and terminal illnesses. Thank you to everyone who donated.
We were delighted with the turn out for this year's Open Air entertainment season! Thank you to everyone who came and see our performances; we hope you enjoyed them as much as we did. GB Theatre company impressed audiences for 3 days running, with their witty and sharp performance of A Midsummer Night's Dream, as well as The Merchant of Venice.
South Anglia Savoy Players were living proof that 'the show must go on' courageously performing The Sorcerer during wet weather on Saturday night. The seductive music, uplifting set piece choruses and chamber orchestra were wonderful and spirits weren't dampened by the weather.
GB Theatre Company told us with great pleasure that their recent performance of A Midsummer Night's Dream at Norwich Cathedral was a sell-out!
A beautiful Handfasting took place at Kentwell this afternoon, between Pip Cabbage the Mummer and Francis (Fanny) Green of the Stillroom. They broke bread and counted the crumbs that fell into an apron, foretelling how many children they will have. Here they are receiving the good news...Five!
Come join our Tudor pageant this weekend! It's set to be full of colour, flags and mock battles. The Tudors will perform their version of the Battle of Agincourt from 1415. Expect lots of flag waving, colour, noise and merriment. Everyday Tudor life meanwhile, as in 1559, will continue around them as part of our Great Annual Re-Creation of Tudor Life. Only two weekends to go...don't miss out!
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We enjoyed a glorious Tudor Handfasting yesterday, between our Alehouse keeper Jack and Rush Weaver, Jennet. Their hands were tied before they jumped together over fire (created by our Alchemist) in a traditional handfasting ceremony. Bread was presented by the Bakehouse in the shape of a man and a woman. The bread was broken and shared between Jack and Jennet, before being handed out to the surrounding crowd. Congratulations Jack and Jennet!
We were delighted to enjoy the unexpected low flyover of the Battle of Britain Lancaster bomber on Saturday at 12.37, which flew over Kentwell on its way to the flyover over Buckingham Palace. Not exactly a Tudor activity but so exciting for all who saw it!
Do you remember stepping through the Time Tunnel as a child? Visitors embark on a time travel experience, leaving all signs of modern life behind and emerging into a colourful 16th Century world of Tudor daily life.
Over half a million school children have visited Kentwell's Tudor re-creations - no wonder it stands proud as one of the best historical school visits in the UK! It's a pleasure to see so many excited 'Tudor' school children proceeding through the Time Tunnel - hopefully it is an experience they will never forget!
It's that time of year again! Our Great Annual Re-Creation of Tudor Life runs every weekend until 7th July.
Step through our Time Tunnel and enter a 16th Century world of Tudor daily life. Enjoy the dress, speech, food, drink, music, dance and crafts of 1559!
Here are some of our Tudors enjoying a little early evening entertainment on the Front Sward.