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• Spring Stroll guided walk around estate followed by roast lunch
• Great Armarda invasion – Tudor living history experience
• ‘Mum’s the word’ secret Morse code Messages for Mother’s Day

There’s plenty happening at Penshurst Place & Gardens at weekends during March with a new event just for adults taking place on 16th March. Take a two hour Spring Stroll with the estate’s General Manager as he guides a group on an escorted walk around the beautiful parkland and grounds at Penshurst Place, and then enjoy a two-course roast lunch afterwards in the Garden Restaurant.

For families there’s the chance to experience Tudor life with the Great Armada invasion on 22nd and 23rd March when a cast of skilled, costumed actors will be at Penshurst Place to give a living history presentation on the preparations by the household ahead of imminent attack by the Spanish fleet.

‘Mum’s the word’ for young visitors with free war-themed family activities available in the Education Room for Mother’s Day on 30th March. As part of the ‘Sir and Soldier’ season, there will plenty of things to occupy children on Mother’s Day including the option to make a Morse-code necklace with hidden secret message for their Mum or to hand-make their own Mother’s Day poetry card in the Education Room. There’s an opportunity to further spoil mothers (and grandmothers, aunts or anyone who deserves a special thank you) to a lovely Mother’s Day lunch in the Garden Restaurant with a special menu. No booking necessary, visitors seated on a first come, first served basis.

MARCH EVENTS – MORE DETAILS

SPRING STROLL & LUNCH – ADULT EVENT: 16TH MARCH

Dust off your walking shoes for a leisurely two hour walk and then reap a tasty reward for your physical exertion.

A brand new walking event for adults to enjoy at Penshurst Place & Gardens on 16th March between 11am and 2pm. Journey across the beautiful estate and learn about its Tudor history on the way. This special Sunday walk is led by Penshurst Place’s General Manager and is followed by a delicious two-course roast lunch in the Garden Restaurant.

Tickets £22 (to include private parking, guided walk, two-course roast lunch and access to the Gardens) www.penshurstplace.com/etickets

THE GREAT ARMADA ADVENTURE: 22ND & 23RD MARCH (12 NOON TO 4PM)

Experience life at Penshurst Place as the militia prepares to ward off the Spanish Armada. Skilled costumed characters bring history alive as they invite visitors to join them in the Staterooms as the Penshurst Place household prepares for invasion.

Normal garden admission prices apply. For more information visit www.penshurstplace.com/whatson

CELEBRATION OF MOTHER’S DAY: 30TH MARCH

With fun craft activities to suit all ages and a special menu in the Garden Restaurant, Penshurst Place will be ‘the place’ for families to celebrate Mother’s Day this year.

Children will be able to treat their Mums to a handmade Mother’s Day poetry card or present her with a hidden Morse code message on a necklace in the Education Room.

Normal garden admission prices apply. For more information visit www.penshurstplace.com/whatson

APRIL EVENT HIGHLIGHTS

EASTER HOLIDAY FUN: 5TH – 21ST APRIL

Penshurst Place will have lots of fun craft and trail activities as part of its ‘Sir and Soldier’ themed season of WW1 commemoration events running in April.

Every day during the Easter school holidays, families can join an egg hunt with a twist! Rather than seeking Easter eggs, visitors to Penshurst Place are invited to help hunt down the carrier pigeons with their hidden secret messages, in a fun trail around the playground.

Pigeons played an important communication role during WWW1, and proved an extremely reliable way of sending messages across enemy lines. Using the story of carrier pigeons, children will learn more about the communication methods during the Great War and enjoy a fun trail that will take them on an inspiring educational journey of discovery.

The education room will continue the war-theme with craft activities available from 12 noon each day. Youngsters will be invited to create their very own carrier pigeon or soldier bonnet and enjoy Easter colouring activities.

Normal garden admission prices apply. For more information visit www.penshurstplace.com/whatson

EASTER STORYTELLING: 20TH – 21ST APRIL

The story of Cher Ami, a WW1 carrier pigeon and her friends will be unveiled as part of Penshurst Place’s ‘Sir and Soldier’ themed season of WW1 commemoration events. Families are invited to gather in the medieval buttery at 2pm, 2.45pm and 3.30pm to hear skilled story tellers from Aardvark Productions bring the account of a Great War carrier pigeon to life and explain through tale, the critical communication role these homing birds had throughout World War 1.

Normal garden admission prices apply.
For more information visit www.penshurstplace.com/whatson

Other things to see and do while visiting Penshurst Place and Gardens during March and April:-

• Toy Museum
• House (Sats & Suns only in March, daily from April)
• Woodland Trail
• Adventure Playground
• Garden Restaurant
• Porcupine Pantry
• Gift Shop
• The Gardens: spring flowering bulbs in the Orchard, Nut Garden, Lime Walk and Horse Pond and spring blossom in the Orchard, Nut Garden and Flag Garden

Most events are included in standard admission price unless otherwise stated. Full details of the event calendar for 2014 can be found at www.penshurstplace.com/whatson.

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TO COMMEMORATE THIS YEAR’S WW1 CENTENARY PENSHURST PLACE AND GARDENS IS KICKING OFF A ‘SIR AND SOLDIER’ THEME FOR 2014 WHEN THE HOUSE AND GROUNDS OPENS FOR THE SEASON ON 15TH FEBRUARY.

The historic Kent venue will be running war-themed activities for visitors throughout the year, starting this month during half-term with a couple of fun children events designed to help young visitors experience life as a soldier.

SECRET SPY HUNT: 15TH – 23RD FEBRUARY (10.30 AM TO DUSK)

Reconnaissance soldiers are needed in Penshurst. Their mission: to transform into a WWI spy to help save Penshurst Place from enemy invasion. The soldier spies will need cunning skills to hunt down and solve war-themed secret clues to find ten missing objects that are hidden around the gardens and adventure playground.

This fun children’s trail is included within the admission fee and will be running throughout the half-term school holiday from 15th – 23rd February 2014 from 10.30am – dusk. Normal garden admission prices apply

For more information http://www.penshurstplace.com/whatson

WAR WOUNDS MAKE-UP WORKSHOP: 19TH FEBRUARY (4PM TO 6PM)

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war wounds make upworld war oneThe Porcupine Pantry at Penshurst Place will be transformed into a WWI wounds clinic on Wednesday 19th February between 4pm and 6pm when award-winning special effect artist Kate Griffiths runs a ‘War Wounds’ make-up workshop.

Designed by Kate especially for Penshurst Place, the event will show older children (age 7+) how to create fake wounds using everyday household materials and how to bandage their injuries in the same way as they would have been during WW1.

Tickets £10 (For children aged 7+)
www.penshurstplace.com/etickets

Selected upcoming March highlights at Penshurst Place & Gardens include Mothering Sunday family activities with special lunch menu on 30th March; an adult Spring Stroll and Lunch on 16th March and spring bulbs and blossom displays in the gardens.

SPRING STROLL & LUNCH – ADULT EVENT: 16TH MARCH

Dust off your walking boots for a leisurely two hour stroll and reap a tasty reward for your physical exertion. A brand new walking event for adults to enjoy at Penshurst Place & Gardens on 16th March between 11am and 2pm. Journey across the beautiful estate and learn about its Tudor history on the way. This special Sunday walk is led by Penshurst Place’s General Manager and is followed by a delicious two-course roast lunch in the Garden Restaurant. Tickets £22 (to include private parking, guided walk, lunch and garden admission) www.penshurstplace.com/etickets

THE GREAT ARMADA ADVENTURE: 22ND & 23RD MARCH (12 NOON TO 4PM)

Experience life at Penshurst Place as the militia prepares to ward off the Spanish Armada. Skilled costumed characters bring history alive as they invite visitors to join them in the Staterooms as the Penshurst Place household prepares for invasion. Normal garden admission prices apply. For more information visit www.penshurstplace.com/whatson

CELEBRATION OF MOTHER’S DAY: 30TH MARCH

Families can celebrate Mother’s Day at Penshurst Place with fun craft activities to suit all ages and a special menu in the Garden Restaurant. Children will be able to treat their Mums to a handmade Mother’s Day poetry card or present her with a hidden Morse code message on a necklace made in the Education Room. Normal garden admission prices apply. For more information visit www.penshurstplace.com/whatson

Other things to see and do while visiting Penshurst Place and Gardens during February and March:-

• Toy Museum
• House (Sats & Suns only)
• Woodland Trail
• Adventure Playground
• Garden Restaurant
• Porcupine Pantry
• Gift Shop
• The Gardens:

February – early spring flowering bulbs in the Orchard, Nut Garden, Lime Walk and Horse Pond

March – spring blossom in the Orchard, Nut Garden and Flag Garden

Most events are included in standard admission price unless otherwise stated. Full details of the event calendar for 2014 can be found at www.penshurstplace.com/whatson.

Lions 1Night-flying Kent, Surrey & Sussex Air Ambulance is appealing for runners, swimmers and cyclists to sign up for this year’s Tonbridge Lions Triathlon and help save lives 24 hours a day.

Lions Clubs across the South East have pledged to raise £250,000 for the Marden-based charity over the next 10 years.

The funds will be a significant contribution towards the additional £1million-a-year needed to provide a 24-hour service which was launched last month (December 18th).

The triathlon is to be held on May 5th at Tonbridge School’s sports complex which was used by the Australian Olympic team as a training base for the London 2012 games.

Competitors can choose a sprint consisting of a 400-metre swim, 25km ride and 5km run or the standard route which is double the distance.

Triathlon chairman Tom Simmons said: “This is the second year the Tonbridge Lions Club has arranged for the Tonbridge Triathlon to be linked up with Kent, Surrey & Sussex Air Ambulance.

“We once again welcome the opportunity to be able to offer the means for the general public to take part in the triathlon and also raise funds for this much-loved and vital charity.

“The Air Ambulance needs approximately £6m each year to maintain their service in the counties and provide 24- hour cover. The pilots, doctors and paramedics are extremely dedicated to their task and deserve all our support.”

Tonbridge was the first Lions club launched in the UK in 1949 and has raised more than £275,000 for charity in the last 10 years. The triathlon alone has raised more than £125,000 over 24 years and organisers are aiming to raise a total of £13,000 from this year’s event.

There are 500 places available with an entry fee of £46 for the standard distance, £42 for teams of three and £39 for the sprint. To book a place go to www.tonbridgelions.co.uk or call 07549 949615.

New for 2013, an activity specifically designed for older children aged 7+

Enter the world of film and television special effects with a Halloween make-up workshop run by the award winning theatrical make-up artist, Kate Griffiths. Using everyday easy to find household material, children will learn how to create fake cuts, bruises and amputated fingers to give the perfect special-effects look to their Halloween costume.

For children age 7+ (parents must accompany or be on site) the workshop will last for two hours. Tickets are priced at £10.00 each and include materials plus a full ingredients list to take away! The workshop will take place in the Porcupine Pantry and ticket holders will be offered 10% saving on the cost of refreshments.

With limited availability, this event is proving very popular so early booking is advised. For more information or to make a booking, please visit http://www.penshurstplace.com/makeup or enquire at the gift shop or telephone 01892 870307. (Please note this activity will be held in Porcupine Pantry located outside the house and gardens next to the visitor car park. Normal admission prices apply for house and grounds access.)

SLUGS AND SNAILS AND ‘NOT SO SPOOKY’ TALES PLUS.. MEDICINE SPELLS, FANCY DRESS AND PUMPKIN TRAILS

Children can enjoy the half term by delving into the legends of Halloween with a choice of fun workshops and activities free to house and garden ticket holders at Penshurst Place & Gardens this October.

*NEW FOR 2013* LEARN MEDIEVAL MEDICINES
New for 2013 is the chance to learn about the horrors of medieval medicines and cures during a new activity designed to educate whilst having fun. Find out how the sick were treated in medieval times by using vinegar, wine, herbs and other household products in this craft activity suitable for children of all ages.

Bring on the autumn shivers with not too scary storytelling on Thursday 31st October. Perfect for younger visitors to enjoy Halloween and for those who like to be a little scared, but not too scared! Three showings, from 2pm, 2.45pm & 3.30pm. Please arrive in plenty of time for the first performance as spaces are limited. Not too scary storytelling will be followed by an optional fancy dress competition with a prize for all at 4pm in the Tea Room. Come dressed to kill!

Extend the fun by joining our themed craft activity sessions in the education room to make a lucky black witch on a broomstick or create special dragon, cat or bat Halloween inspired masks to complete your fancy dress costume.

Uncover secret hidden Halloween trails and explore Penshurst Place. Children of all ages can explore the gardens to discover the gargoyles that lurk in the grounds or find the friendly pumpkins hidden in our hugely popular pumpkin hunt.

Halloween craft activities and trails open daily throughout half term (19 October – 3 November) Gargoyles and Pumpkin trails – from 10.30am. Craft activities from 12 noon – 4pm.

Jubilee walk at Penshurst Place summer 2011c Maryann Webster

Jubilee walk at Penshurst Place summer 2011c Maryann Webster

Penshurst Place and Gardens today launches a newly published guide book. Written in part by Lord and Lady De L’Isle, whose family home is Penshurst Place, the guide gives visitors a unique and personal insight into the magnificent house dating back to 1341, and contains details of the architecture, contents, toy museum and glorious historic gardens. More

Estate view of Penshurst Place frosty morning (c) Tim Jordan

Father Christmas makes an early delivery to Penshurst Place –weekends in December
Saturday & Sunday 1st & 2nd , 8th & 9th , 15th & 16th , 22nd & 23rd December 2012
10.30am – 12.30pm and 1.30pm – 3.30pm. Step through the garden gates into Father Christmas’s magical grotto. Tickets £5 and no booking required. Should snow descend, on the weekends do ring 01892 871256 to confirm Father Christmas has arrived safely (last year his reindeer got him there every day!).

Christmas shopping at Penshurst Place & Gardens
Christmas Shop from 4 November – 24th December 10.30am-4.30pm
Gifts for all members of the family with local Kentish and Sussex produce hampers, Christmas trees and estate grown mistletoe. Parking is free with complimentary coffee and mince pie. Free entrance. Located next to the hard stand coach parking and visitor entrance.

Late night shopping
Wednesdays: 21st & 30th November and 5th, 12th & 19th December until 8pm.
Do some peaceful shopping in our Gift Shop, with 10% off all purchases made on late night evenings (excluding tickets, stamps and vouchers). Free parking and refreshments

Christmas Farmers’ Market at Penshurst Place
Saturday 1st December 9.30am-12 noon.
Penshurst Place car park – outside the visitor entrance.

Pepenbury invites families and friends to their fun Open Day Fair on Saturday 1st September from 12 noon to 4pm. This event has been moved from the 19th May to the new date given above.

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