Tudor May Day event hailed a huge succes

The parade at Kentwell Hall's Tudor May Day celebrations

The parade at Kentwell Hall's Tudor May Day celebrations - Credit: Archant

The glorious weather at the weekend helped to make Kentwell Hall’s Tudor May Day celebrations a huge success.

The parade at Kentwell Hall's Tudor May Day celebrations

The parade at Kentwell Hall's Tudor May Day celebrations - Credit: Archant

With temperatures reaching the mid 20s, wonderful blue skies and brilliant sunshine visitors enjoyed a great day out at the iconic Long Melford landmark which included music, dancing, celebration and colour.

There was the crowning of the May Queen, dressing the cart with ribbons and garland, a parade to the house and plays on the courtyard.

The accumulation of the day was the raising of the May Tree to rouse the spirits of spring.

Visitors brought their own barbecues and picnics, setting up in the picnic area with views towards the house, whilst the car park offered a typical Suffolk countryside scene looking towards Long Melford Church.


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Alix Massey, from Kentwell, said: “Pre booked ticket sales were up 40% on last year” and the event has received fantastic reviews with one family whose daughter was blind and in a wheelchair saying “please thank all the wonderful Tudors who made my daughter so welcome, really engaged with her through sensory, touch and sound, we will be back.”

Kentwell Hall’s next event is May 26 and 27, “Through the Ages” from Stone Age sites, the 1970’s campers to current day and everything in between.

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