Kentwell Through the Ages

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Come and enjoy all of our time-periods at one event!

Take a fascinating journey through the fashions, food and entertainments Thru' The Ages with our talented Kentwellies!

Here's what we are hoping to have for our 2017 event:

From a Neolithic camp to the twentieth century (with a few historical surprises along the way), it is a fantastic event for all the family!

The Neolithics

You never know what you might find in the woods - a shaman, some hunters and some crafts in our earliest re-created period yet!

Medieval Village

The Barns will become a Medieval village, with the cottage at the centre of the activities. Craft workers and villagers will bring the Medieval period to life.

Tudor Crafts and Cooking

In the Moat House, the Tudors will be hard at work in the bakehouse and dairy. Upstairs you will find the stillroom where lotions and potions are made, and the needlewomen working on their latest wall hangings. The Alchemist will be in his hut and the archers at the Butts.

17th Century Music and Dance

The School House building will take you back to the 17th Century, for music and dancing in the style of Playford – the height of English dance!

Victorian Household

The family will be in the Parlour, with their staff attending them. Find out what life was like in 1869.


Meet the Army Chaplain and The Dentist. Are your morals and molars fit for service?


The Bright Young Things, under the watchful eye of their Chaperones, while away their time keeping up with the latest 'thing'.


The cooks will be in the Wartime Kitchen, the Home Guard and the Army will be under canvas and the WVS ladies will be in the wartime cottage.

The 1960s

We appear to have a peace camp in one of the paddocks... crafts, propoganda and a little yogic meditation anyone?

The 1970s

Orange and beige abound at the 1970s campsite. Can you Do The Hustle? Perhaps a game of Swingball? Or maybe a quick tune on the Stylophone - fun and fashion from the year when Kentwell first opened to the public!

...and beyond! Plus a few historical surprises as you travel Thru' The Ages!

All of the above activities run through the weekend.

Each day over the Bank Holiday Weekend, you can delve deeper into the history with our 'Twangs to Bangs - Weapons through the Centuries' demonstration and a multi-period 'Fashion Through the Ages' Show.

Kids - Explore our colourful 'Rats through the Ages' Trail!

Visit all our time periods and search out our friendly little rats with colourful tails!

A Multi-Period Mash-Up...

The 1976 Campers Go Mad on the Moat...


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.


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.

Please do not attend in Costume!

We ask that visitors to any Kentwell event do not attend in any sort of costume.

Tickets and Prices

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

You don't have to buy tickets in advance and can usually be sure of buying tickets on entry.

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 of the day of your visit
Adult Ticket - Kentwell through the Centuries16.7515.08
Senior Ticket (60+) - Kentwell through the Centuries15.7514.18
Child Ticket (5-15yrs) - Kentwell through the Centuries12.7511.48
Family Ticket (2 Adults + 2 Children)£57.00£51.30
Open on: 
Sat 27 May - Mon 29 May
Open times: 
11am - 5pm
Number of Re-Creation Folk: 
Amount of House open: 
All, 11am to 4pm
Anglian Business Green 100

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