Spring at Smallhythe Place

Girl playing amongst daffodils in the gardens at Smallhythe Place

In its spring glory, there is a lot to discover at Smallhythe Place. The carpet of daffodils and bluebells are a colourful backdrop to our blossoming gardens and newly installed exhibitions.

Wander through the orchards towards a sea of floral vibrancy and hear the garden buzzing with wildlife. Spring bulbs are surfacing around the ponds and pale pink and white apple blossom litter the grounds.


Spring activities for children

Tick off some of your '50 Things' activities at Smallhythe Place this spring.

  • 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 Tea-room 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 playing by the pond

New exhibitions

Kent Wildlife Trust Photography Exhibition

This free exhibition is a celebration of Kent’s wildlife. Photographers far and wide have captured the best the county has to offer, from fauna and flora, to landscapes, coastlines and people. Now the 12 winning images from the 2018 Kent Wildlife Trust Photography Competition are being showcased at Smallhythe Place.

Click here for opening times.

Winner of the 2017 Kent Wildlife Trust - a close up of a European Hornet

The Gift of Smallhythe Place

In 2019 we will be celebrating the 90th anniversary of the creation of the Museum and the 80th anniversary of it being bequeathed to the National Trust by Edith Craig. Edith Craig had created a shrine in memory of her famous mother the great Victorian Actress Ellen Terry but her artistic temperament and lack of business sense proved something of a disaster. We look at the stories behind the creation of the Museum, the Theatre and its eventful journey to the National Trust.

FInd out more here.

The Ellen Terry logo

Performances in the Barn Theatre

We have a whole host of shows and talks taking place in the Theatre. From April to October the walls of the Barn echo with the words of actors and the applause of the audience. Join us for an evening of theatre in this unique venue, bring a picnic or treat yourself to something tasty from the Theatre Tea-room before the show begins. Discover whats on and book your tickets here.

The Ellen Terry Memorial Barn Theatre
The Barn Theatre at Smallhythe Place, the home of actress Ellen Terry from 1899 to 1928 at Tenterden, Kent
The Ellen Terry Memorial Barn Theatre

Why not get out and about this spring? With something for everyone, it's the perfect time to explore.