Things to see & do

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Our shipbuilding past

Located under the cow byre, you can find our shipbuilding exhibition which delves into the history of Smallhythe Place during it's shipbuilding days.

This fascinating work dates as far back as the 13th Century, at which time Smallhythe was seen as one of the most significant shipyards in Medieval England.

Hedge Laying Course

Hedge laying in action

Hedge laying in action

13 November, 9.30- 16.00

Learn the art of hedge laying with this hands on course led by our Ranger team. Refreshments will be provided throughout the day, £45 per person.

Ellen Terry's War

Take a look in the the Barn Theatre on Tuesdays at a video with unseen material brought to life by the voices of Dame Eileen Atkins and Charles Collingwood. Showing at 2pm on Tuesdays, the film is an hour and fifteen minutes long, for any more information please call 01580 762334. .

Group visits

If you're coming on a group visit,  there's a lot to see in the charming 16th-century house and theatre, plus you can wander in the beautiful garden. You can even book a talk in our Barn Theatre about our colourful characters and the history behind the doors. 

Don't miss

  • Upcoming events in the barn and in the garden
  • Shipbuilding exhibition, learn about Smallhythe's early history
  • All book lovers should check out our large collection of second-hand books
  • Great walks through the garden, up to the church and the public footpath next to the stream
  • Our new range of gifts in the café