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Michaelmas Weekend at Kentwell Hall - 22 & 23 September

Michaelmas Weekend at Kentwell Hall - 22 & 23 September
Start Date: 22 September 2018
Start Time: 11am
End Date: 23 September 2018
End Time: 5pm

Kentwell Hall,

The Michaelmas Re-Creation is one of our smaller re-creation events, with approximately 100 costumed Tudors about the Manor. It carries through as many of the Summer Re-Creations' themes and activities as possible with activity on the Front Sward, in the House, much in the Moat House and some undercover in the Gardens & Farm areas.

Many visitors tell us they prefer the more intimate nature of this Event which often has almost as wide a spread of activities as the summer re-creations. It is especially popular with those who find the size of the Summer Re-Creations too much.

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

Gardens Open - in all their autumn splendour. Over 10 acres of garden, moats, ponds and woodland. Breathtaking.

Step back in time to see everyday life in Tudor Times with over 100 Tudors about the manor, under cover and in the grounds.

Apples and Pears: meet Kentwell's gardeners and find out all about the native fruit grown in Kentwell's Walled Garden.

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.

The Feast of St Michael and All Angels (St Michael's Mass = 'Michaelmas') falls in September. Because if occurs near the equinox in England, it marked the ending and the beginning of the husbandman's year.

This was a most important time for folk in Tudor times because it was usually the time to celebrate a harvest which (they hoped) was both good and had been brought safely in. This was vital as without a good harvest safely gathered some might starve by early the following spring.

Goose was traditionally eaten at this time and the Reeve for the year was elected by those working the land.

Apples and Pears

Apple and pear trees dominate the Walled Garden in Autumn and this year are particularly fruitful. Alas, the supermarket sells you very few varieties, mostly imported. There are over 6,000 varieties of English apples and almost as many of pears. Come to the Walled Garden and meet our 'real' Gardeners, who will be pleased to tell you about the varieties grown at Kentwell, on the ancient fruit trees.

Kentwell is not just a fair weather visit - Tudor life continues whatever the weather. There will be both indoor and outdoor activities with some outdoor activities moved inside if the weather fails us.

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.

"We were staying in Clare and looking to amuse the children. At first I jibbed at the cost for 4 adults and 5 children but I am so glad I bit the bullet. Even with the poorish weather the whole thing was truly excellent, by far the best "re-creation" I have ever attended. How wonderful to see a Tudor kitchen with real food preparation rather than plaster models. The costume detail was spot on (even down to shoes) and the participants were forthcoming and excellent at providing information. Congratulations!"

For ticket information see our website.

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