Visiting Kentwell during one of their 'recreations' is certainly a must if you are in the area. The experience is so unique; some 250 'Tudors' from gentry to peasant, go about their business, speaking, working, playing and eating Tudorishly. It's quite, quite magical, especially for children, but we were enthralled too!
The grounds and farm are tranquil and picturesque (having good weather helps) and the hall and other buildings are beautiful, but it is being immersed in another era which makes for such a memorable day out. We stopped and talked to many of the Tudors, and in Tudor English they gave convincing replies, ranging from complaints about the pottage to the latest news of the King's illness.
We learnt lots about their trades and their lives, with the Military Pavilion and the Archers being favourites with the boys. I must say I didn't like the look of some of the Tudor medicines, and those with a delicate disposition shouldn't watch the fish being fed, as they writhe about.
The only advice I'd give to make sure that if it's very hot, time your wanderings so that you are indoors to miss the worst of the heat. But other than that, enjoy a magical day out!
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