Knole's Sevenoaks celebrations

Knole's Great Hall

Knole’s showrooms have opened again after an enormous conservation project, and to celebrate we threw open the doors to local Sevenoaks residents.

A week before the showrooms opened, we held a festive event in the Great Hall exclusively for the residents of Sevenoaks. Delighted visitors were greeted with drinks, nibbles and goodie bags, followed by tours of the showrooms led by experts and staff involved in the conservation.

Sevenoaks residents enjoy Knole's recently conserved Ballroom
Sevenoaks residents enjoy Knole's Ballroom
Sevenoaks residents enjoy Knole's recently conserved Ballroom

It’s been a busy time in the Great Hall - the following week saw it festooned with balloons as two lucky classes from a local primary school had fun at a big Knole-style tea party, followed by an exploration of the house. Pride of place went to the enormous cake topped with a Knole deer, which the children happily tucked into.

Knole's special Sevenoaks school celebration cake
Knole's school celebration cake
Knole's special Sevenoaks school celebration cake

The events were part of a week-long celebration, including a day for volunteers, and a special donor evening event.

When work began on the much-needed conservation project in 2013, Knole was badly in need of help to protect its deteriorating collection and interiors and the infrastructure of the house itself. Thanks to a grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund and generous individual donors, the building has been secured and made watertight. New heating and lighting systems have been installed and paintings and furniture have been cleaned, with stunning results.

School children enjoying Knole's Sevenoaks school celebration event
Children at Knole's Sevenoaks school celebration event
School children enjoying Knole's Sevenoaks school celebration event