Dickensian Christmas 2024
Kentwell turns the Christmas clock back to the year 1869 and the age of Dickens
Kentwell Hall, Long Melford, Suffolk CO10 9BA
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- 7th December 10:00am - 7th December 5:00pm
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About this event
Kentwell turns the Christmas clock back to the year 1869 and the age of Dickens to create a rich tapestry of lively and enjoyable activities for all ages.
AT THE HALL
Meet the Hall’s Victorian Bence Family with their children, other relatives and friends together with their household staff and cooks, busy or active.
Some of their quality spend time is in the ballroom perfecting their waltz and other dance steps..
While many of the gentlemen may be out on the hunting filled of shooting, the ladies gossip together when not at their needle and often then too.
Staff are busy fussing around. Cooks ever active in the Great Kitchen.
OUTSIDE THE HALL
ROUND & ABOUT
Villagers may be encountered anywhere on the Manor. Perhaps some spend time at the Inn carousing
AT THE MUSIC HALL
Featuring singing and Magic to entertain all
VISIT THE LAPLAND MAGIC TUNNEL
Walk through the Lapland Magic Tunnel to see what you
AT THE GROTTO
Meet Father Christmas who will individually see children with their family.
Nearby Mother Christmas will help children write a letter fo Santa Claus to visit them on Christmas Eve
AT THE TAVERN
Our Mr Dickens will read from his own A Christmas Carol with the Ghost and Spirits of Christmas making their appearance with the aid of a novel Victorian Effect.
AT THE STABLES
Who is in Cratchit’s Cottage today ? Elsewhere surprises await if you find them or enter through the secret door
IN THE TEAROOM
Suitable fare to sustain visitors during their visit.
Advance online booking is strongly recommended as it will be cheaper than at the Gate on the day when tickets may not be available because we shall be limiting numbers on site.
About the Venue
Kentwell Hall is Suffolk’s hidden gem and one of England’s finest Tudor houses that stands within the most extensive moat in the county and nearly 30 acres of formal gardens and grounds.
The house offers the visitor a journey through time from the Great Tudor Kitchen, the Gothic centre block to the State bedroom that was created by Thomas Hopper in the 1820s for a visit from the then Duke of York.
The house offers a relaxed environment, mixed with an individuality that is not often seen these days in great historic venues.
Kentwell Hall’s organic gardens are a combination of ancient features, elements of the substantial alterations of Lady Guthrie, tenant during the 1930s, and the recent landscaping and planting by the current owners.
Particular areas of interest include the formal walled garden with its glorious borders providing seasonal displays of colour, the wildlife meadows and the Pied Piper Topiary hedge.
Whilst the magnificent Cedar Trees that date back to the late 18th century provide a lovely backdrop and The Sculpted Tree, based on the theme of the Tower of Babel, is the UK's biggest single wood carving.
The house and gardens are described as “magical with a surprise around every corner” and are to be enjoyed at your leisure.
The Stable Yard Tea Rooms serve light lunches and afternoon tea using seasonal produce from the gardens and farm.
Kentwell Hall is famous for producing some of the countries largest Re-creations and family events that run throughout the year.
Kentwell is available to hire for weddings, corporate functions, events and filming.