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Experience a Dickensian Christmas – Kentwell Hall

December 9, 2023 - December 10, 2023

Experience Christmas in a slower age at Kentwell Hall’s Dickensian Christmas in
Long Melford, near Bury St Edmunds over the weekend of 9-10 and 16-17
December (10am-5pm).
The clock will be turned back to 1869 to create a rich tapestry of lively and enjoyable
events for all ages. Meet costumed characters from the bygone era including local
villagers and the Hall’s owner Captain Bence together with Mrs Bence, their children
and other relatives as well as their household staff and cooks, who will be busy in
the Great Kitchen.
The young Victorians are anxious to attend an upcoming Christmas ball and can be
seen spending time perfecting their waltz and other dance steps in the hall’s

Gentlemen are mostly out on the hunting field or shooting, while the ladies gossip
together at their needlework, and around the house.
Villagers collect in the yard outside and within the busy tavern determined to have as
much Christmas cheer as their betters, but often rather more noisily. Mr Dickens will read from his own A Christmas Carol with the Ghost and Spirits of Christmas making
their appearance with the aid of a novel Victorian Effect.
Families can solve the riddle of the pantomime in the garden then watch
performances of Jack & the Beans Talk in the Little Theatre. Father Christmas will be
waiting to meet families in his grotto while Mother Christmas will help children write a
letter to Santa Claus asking him to visit them on Christmas Eve. There will be singing
and magic entertainment in the Music Hall and a Christmas trail in the stables.
Suitable fare to sustain visitors during their visit will also be available in the tearoom.
For the best prices book online in advance at www.kentwell.co.uk/events/dickensian-
Christmas timed entry tickets are priced from £34.45 adults, £28.60 child (12-15
years) £22.75 (4-11 years) and £12.35 (1.5-3 years). Higher priced tickets can be
bought at the gate on the day, discounts for season ticket holders.


December 9, 2023
December 10, 2023


Kentwell Hall
High Street
Long Melford, Suffolk CO10 9BA United Kingdom
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