May half-term at Smallhythe Place

The house and garden in June at Smallhythe Place

This May half-term get involved at Smallhythe Place and discover the history of the house and wander through the garden in its spring glory, or treat yourself to an evening of theatre with performances in The Barn Theatre

Activities for younger children

Across the May half-term, we are running nature-themed arts and crafts for our younger visitors. Shelter under the cow byre and get creative in the beautiful spring garden with our volunteers. Materials will be available from Wednesday 30 May to Friday 1 June, 2-4pm to keep your little ones busy. Parental supervision is required.

A young child doing arts and crafts at Smallhythe Place

'50 things to do before you're 11¾' at Smallhythe Place

The garden at Smallhythe Place is a great place to tick off some of your ’50 Things’ activities. What will you find on your visit?

  • Discover what hides in the banks of our recently rejuvenated pond. Full of life and colour, it's the perfect spot for all sorts of wildlife to bask in the sun or make a home.

  • Our bug hotels, log piles and rockeries are a great place to hunt for bugs and hold a scary beast, or to find some snails to race.

  • Go bird watching and follow our resident swallows swooping in and out of the Theatre Tearoom and across the bright spring skies.

  • Relax amongst the colourful flowers in the garden and find daisies to make daisy chains.

  • Create some wild art with fallen petals from our apple blossom trees, acorns from the oak trees and greenery and twigs from our hedges.

Children making daisy chains at Smallhythe Place

Theatre for older children and teenagers

The Barn Theatre hosts a diverse array of productions throughout our open season. Join us for an evening of theatre this May half-term, and relax in the tranquil gardens with a picnic before the show.

'My Dog's Got No Nose' - Sat 26 May, 7.30pm

Actor Giles Shenton in his production of 'My Dog's Got No Nose'.

Kick off half-term with actor Giles Shenton and his performance of ‘My Dog’s Got No Nose’. After his sell-out show of ‘Old Herbaceous’ last year, Giles returns to The Barn Theatre with another stunning one-man show.

" Being billed as a comedy, and the title it has, understates what is a wonderful piece of theatre"
- Surrey Advertiser

'My Dog's Got No Nose' takes us on a journey through the events surrounding a stand-up comedian's first ever performance. Before picking up his microphone and venturing into the limelight, he regales us with stories and tales about his life and experiences. Sometimes funny, sometimes sad, sometimes poignant and oftern laugh-out-loud hilarious, he shares his soul reminiscing about his early career as a furniture-salesman-turned-photographer, love, marriage and ambitions.

Suitable for ages 16+. Book your tickets here

" A thought provoking and high quality production"
- Beccles & Bungay Journal

'The Taming of the Shrew' and 'Twelfth Night' - Fri 1 and Sat 2 June, 7.30pm

End the holidays with some Shakespearean education, a great way to get them back into the swing of English literature and language.

A book of Shakespeare plays belonging to Ellen Terry at Smallhythe Place, Kent.

East 15 Acting School (established over 50 years ago out of the work of Joan Littlewood's Theatre Workshop at the Theatre Roayl in Stratford East), return for their annual performances in The Barn Theatre with their renditions of Shakespeare's 'The Taming of the Shrew' on Friday 1st June and 'Twelfth Night' on Saturday 2nd June. From convoluted relationships, mischief and transformation, to a humorous and heart-rending tale of unrequited love, East 15 bring the Bard to life with these timeless plays.

Book your tickets here for 'The Taming of the Shrew' and here for 'Twelfth Night'.

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