Muddy says: Don’t miss visiting this hidden gem in Kent this Summer with plenty to see and do for ALL of the family!
If you are looking for some quirky and interesting to do at the weekend with your family or friends, then may we suggest one of Kent’s unsung heroes – Smallhythe Place.
Smallhythe Place, based in the charming village of Tenterden, plays homage to the life and career of Victorian actress Dame Ellen Terry. With over 9,500 artefacts from her personal and professional life, the collection here explores her history and unravels hidden secrets of how she became an international celebrity. Immediately after Ellen’s death in 1928, her daughter Edy transformed the house into a memorial museum to commemorate her mother’s remarkable life and career. She left Ellen’s bedroom very much as it had been, but used the sitting room and the dining room for historical displays.
2019 celebrates 90 years of the creation of this museum and it is a fascinating insight into someone’s life from that time regardless of whether Dame Ellen Terry’s name may not be already familiar to you. Admire the wardrobe of an actress from the bygone era,roam its beautiful gardens which are a haven for wildlife, roses, wildflowers and apple trees.or just enjoy some old-fashioned croquet on its lawn.
What we particularly like about Smallhythe Place is that there is always something to see or do for all ages. Whether it’s Rose Month (29th May to 30th June) where you can enjoy displays, talks, tours and top tips for looking after your own and more importantly savour the 120 rose plants (in 60 unique varieties) that are growing in their grounds. Or soak up its season of Summer Theatre with open-air productions of Alice In Wonderland, Sense and Sensibility and The Winter’s Tale, to comedy, opera, new writings and award-winning shows performed in the Barn Theatre. You will be sure to find something that will suit everyone’s taste!
We know where will be sending our children during the Summer holidays as Smallhythe Place will be running nature-themed arts and crafts for its younger visitors. Shelter under the cow byre and get creative in the beautiful summer garden with its friendly team of volunteers or take part in its A- Z Nature Scavenger Hunt. You can then hang out in its cute vintage tea-room for a slice of cake if you need a bit of respite from the fun!
And if you realllllllllllly fall in love with the place, you can even get married on the historic stage and have exclusive use of the cottage garden for your special day.