We are fortunate in having not just one but two stately homes to entertain our visitors:
Kentwell, a romantic, moated Tudor mansion in a tranquill parkland setting. There are beautiful gardens, and historic farm buildings complete with rare breeds of animals. An open-air theatre is the setting for plays and concerts during July and August (pre booking is essential!).
Every year there are Re-Creations of everyday life in Tudor times, when Kentwell is inhabited by up to 250 men, women and children who live, act and dress as authentically as possible. The gentry, musicians, farmworkers, pages, dairymaids, and cooks are all there, together with tradespeople such as spinners, blacksmiths, bakers and potters.
Melford Hall, the home of the Hyde Parker family, belongs to the National Trust and is open to the public. Opening days are: Easter week, weekends in April and October and then Wednesday to Sunday from May until the end of September. It is also open on Bank Holiday Mondays. Opening hours are from 13:30 - 17:00. (More information is available from the NT web site.) There is an extensive events programme including walks and tours and special children's events, including the annual Beatrix Potter Fun Day in July.
Melford Hall Park also forms the setting for the Big Night Out on the first Friday in November.