Events at Local properties

These events have been given to us by Local NT properties. Please check that they are still going ahead as we are not told of cancellations.

 Anglesey Abbey

Anglesey Abbey has periods in the year with something to offer, free for national Trust members or where normal admission prices apply.
 
February - our gardens are transformed into a sea of white as over 270 varieties of snowdrop herald the arrival of spring.
March – see spring bulbs as they emerge in the gardens.
June/July – our Herbacious border at its best and our rose gardens in bloom.
September - see the beautiful colour and varieties of dahlia in our garden. The House will also be decorated with beautiful displays.
November – Winter lights.
December – The house is opened to celebrate the preparations for Christmas in the 1960’s.

 Flatford

‘The Granary at Flatford is closed until further notice due to unforeseen circumstances’.

Events planned:

More events will be added throughout the season.

Boat House Gallery Exhibition:  Evocative oils by Mark Eldred and beautiful water- colours by Sara Johnson

6 July - 25 August, as opening times

For our summer exhibition, Mark Eldred and Sara Johnson explore the local landscapes in oil paint and water colour.

Booking not required.

Tudor Encampment with the Companye of Merrie Folke Saturday 13 and Sunday 14 July, 11am – 4pm

Step back to Tudor times at Flatford with the expert re-enactors from the Companye of Merrie Folke. Wander into their Tudor Camp and experience the smells, sights and sounds of Tudor England. Discover how people in Tudor times, lived, worked and played; try your hand at Tudor crafts and learn how they used herbs to cure common ills.

Booking not required.

Constable Country Ramble - Along the Essex Way Saturday 20 July, 10.30am

Join an experienced National Trust guide for a walk through the beautiful Dedham Vale countryside. Each walk will start and finish at Flatford and vary in length from 4 miles to 7 miles.

£7 per person Summer Nature Trail

Saturday 27 July – Sunday 1 September

Enjoy the lovely summer countryside as you follow nature clues around Flatford.

£tbc

Booking not required Fleece to Fabric

Friday 16 August, Saturday 17 August and Sunday 18 August

11am – 4pm each day.

Discover how the fleece of a sheep can be transformed into a beautiful garment. Local spinners and weavers will be on hand to demonstrate the process and explain about its fascinating history.

Free event, parking charge applies.

Booking not required.

Constable Country Ramble – Constable’s Footsteps Saturday 17 August, 10.30am.

Join an experienced National Trust guide for a walk through the beautiful Dedham Vale countryside. Each walk will start and finish at Flatford and vary in length from 4 miles to 7 miles.

£7 per person

Booking required: call the NT box office, 0344 2491895

Nature Day

Tuesday 20 August, 11am – 4pm

Get stuck in and get your hands dirty as you discover the wild side of Flatford. The National Trust is joining forces with the RSPB, Field Studies Council and Dedham Vale AONB for a day of Nature themed fun for the young and not so young.

£3.00 per child Booking not required.

Summer Craft Fair

Sunday 25 and Monday 26 August, 10am – 4pm

The Bourne Valley Craft group from Colchester have put together a superb craft fair for Flatford, bringing together talented designers, makers and crafts people from the local area and further afield. Free entry, parking charges apply.

Treasure IslandOpen Air Theatre with Chapterhouse Theatre Company Saturday 31 August, gates open 12noon, performance starts 2pm.

Join Chapterhouse Theatre Company for this brand-new adaptation of everyones fa- vourite swashbuckling pirate adventure: Robert Louis Stevensons Treasure Island. When he stumbles across a coveted treasure map, young Jim Hawkins finds himself on an epic adventure in the hope of finding Treasure Island. But not everyone is to be trusted, and a dark secret is lurking on board the ship...

Adult £16;  Child 5-16/NUS Student £11; Child under 5 Free; Families (2 Adult & 2 Child) £46.

Booking required: call the NT box office, 0344 2491895

Boat House Gallery Exhibition:  Four Seasons - Landscapes by Kit Leese 7 September-27 October, as opening times

Kit Leeses exhibition focuses on the defining characteristics of the seasons.

Booking not required


 Heritage open day

14th September 2019   Valley Farm will be open

Enjoy the opportunity to look inside the beautiful Tudor building of Valley Farm, with its fine open hall and ancient wood block staircase. The Kitchen Garden will be open to visitors as well.

Free

Heritage Open Day – Sherman’s House, Dedham Saturday 14 September, 11am – 4.00pm

In the heart of Dedham is Shermans House, a fascinating timber framed building hiding behind a Georgian brick façade. This building is rarely open to visitors, so enjoy the opportunity to look around.

Free

Heritage Open Day – Thorington Hall, near Stoke by Nayland Saturday 14 September, 11am – 4.00pm

Thorington Hall is one of the finest timber framed buildings in Suffolk. Enjoy this rare opportunity to explore the twisting corridors, secret rooms and winding stairs of this fascinating building.

Free


 Constable Country Ramble – route tbc

Saturday 21 September, 10.30am.

Join an experienced National Trust guide for a walk through the beautiful Dedham Vale countryside. Each walk will start and finish at Flatford and vary in length from 4 miles to 7 miles.

£7 per person

Booking required: call the NT box office, 0344 2491895

Flatford Buildings Tours

Saturday 28 September, 11am and 1.30pm

Look inside Willy Lotts House, Flatford Mill and Valley Farm on this fascinating walking tour. Discover the secret poem carved on the staircase in Willy Lotts House and find out what Flatford Mill was like when it was owned by the Constable family.

£8 per person

Booking required: call the NT box office, 0344 2491895 Hallowe’en Trail

Saturday 19 October – Sun 27 October, 11am – 3pm

Enjoy the lovely autumn countryside as you follow nature clues around Flatford. When you return, claim a spooky prize.

£1.50 per child

Booking not required

Constable Country Ramble – route tbc Saturday 19 October, 10.30am.

Join an experienced National Trust guide for a walk through the beautiful Dedham Vale countryside. Each walk will start and finish at Flatford and vary in length from 4 miles to 7 miles.

£7 per person

Booking required: call the NT box office, 0344 2491895

Nature Day

Tuesday 22 October, 11am – 4pm

Get stuck in and get your hands dirty as you discover the wild side of Flatford. The Na- tional Trust is joining forces with the RSPB, Field Studies Council and Dedham Vale AONB for a day of Nature themed fun for the young and not so young.

£3.00 per child

Booking not required.

 

Flatford Buildings Tours

Saturday 26 October, 11am and 1.30pm

Look inside Willy Lotts House, Flatford Mill and Valley Farm on this fascinating walking tour. Discover the secret poem carved on the staircase in Willy Lotts House and find out what Flatford Mill was like when it was owned by the Constable family.

£8 per person

Booking required: call the NT box office, 0344 2491895


Constable Country Ramble – route tbc


Saturday 16 November, 10.30am.

Join an experienced National Trust guide for a walk through the beautiful Dedham Vale countryside. Each walk will start and finish at Flatford and vary in length from 4 miles to 7 miles.

£7 per person

Booking required: call the NT box office, 0344 2491895

 

Christmas at Flatford

Saturday 30 November & Sunday 1 December, 11am – 4pm

Another weekend tbc

Step into a traditional Christmas at Valley farm, where there will be a big Christmas tree, a cosy log fire and mulled wine and mince pies. You can enjoy warming festive food in the Tea Room; discover gifts for family and friends in the shop and get creative with our festive crafts. New for this yearThe Bourne Valley Craft group from Colchester have put together a superb craft fair for Flatford, bringing together talented designers, makers and crafts people from the local area and further afield.

Free entry, parking charges apply.

Constable Country Ramble – route tbc

Saturday 28 December, 10.30am.

Join an experienced National Trust guide for a walk through the beautiful Dedham Vale countryside.  Each walk will start and finish at Flatford and vary in length from 4 miles to 7 miles.

£7 per person

Booking required: call the NT box office, 0344 2491895


 

Orford Ness: 

The big news from Orford Ness this season is the opening of our brand new Island of Secrets exhibition, covering the time of military testing on Orford Ness from World War 1 through to the Cold War.

The exhibition builds on the work we’ve been carrying out to  gather the memories of people who worked on the Ness during its life as a top secret military testing site. Island of Secrets incorporates their words into a timeline of military experiments carried out in the 20th century. This display answers many intriguing questions such as "Can we put a gun in a plane?", "How can you stop a bomber?" and "Were they really dropping nuclear bombs in Suffolk?".  The exhibition also features audio-visual content featuring the actual voices of those who worked here. The additional content can be accessed via smart phones or the touch screen tablet inside the exhibition.

There is also Sensitive Chaos a new exhibition by the artist Antony Lyons.

Several tours are on offer and they are filling up fast.

Daytime Photography Tour

The tour scheduled for 18 August is fully booked. Why not consider an overnight tour - see below?

Overnight Photography Tour 21 September

A very special chance to photograph Orford Ness in the morning and evening light. Stay overnight with the rest of Sunday available to continue photographing until 4pm. You will be guided and supervised by rangers from the site and a professional photographer.

Trailer Tours on Orford Ness

We are offering more trailer based tours of the Ness on 3 August. and 7 September. These last for about three hours and stop at key points on the main Red Route with access to the AWRE Cold War weapons testing area. The tours will pass through the area normally off limits to visitors and as close to the buildings as possible.

Bombs and Beasties Tours - 20 July, 10 August and 14 September

A five minute boat ride leads to a five mile walk and talk with a ranger, looking at various aspects of this unique site - once a top secret military test site now a National Nature Reserve. Will include access to the Atomic Weapons Research Establishment area not normally open to the public.

These tours are very popular so see the Orford Ness NT website What's on page for more information and availability..

Conservation in action - Moth Mornings and Bird Ringing Mornings

There will be opportunities this year to see the moths on Orford Ness on 20 July and 10 August. Take a closer look and learn to love our mostly night flying friends. See the moth trap being opened and observe the many species found on the Ness.

Also join our licenced bird ringers from the Landguard Bird Observatory to see close up the variety of birds found on the Ness. See how they are monitored and learn about this important part of our work. These are running on 14 September and 12 October.

 Sutton Hoo:

 Sutton Hoo closed at the end of the season 2018 to allow a reworking of the access to the mounds and changes to the visitor centre.

 New information__the official opening was on Good Friday April 19th .  


 Friday 19th April --- Car Park, Welcome Building, Shop, Cafe, Ship Sculpture, Royal Burial grounds, Walks (except "Top Hat Wood"), new walk - River View Walk.

Project dates have recently been reviewed and "Sutton Hoo" say they are currently working to the following:

Exhibition Hall, Tramner House and new walking route — Now open.
Tower is still planned to open late August early September
Gazebo walk will be resurfaced and hopefully this work will take place over the next few weeks.