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 this season. The carpet of daffodils and bluebells are a colourful backdrop to our blossoming gardens, and newly installed Women and Power 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 orchard.


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 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 playing by the pond

New exhibitions

The seventeenth century Barn Theatre and green room are home to our new exhibition, Triumphant Women, part of the National Trust's Women and Power programme for 2018 which celebrates the centenary of women achieving the right to vote. This exhibition explores Edy Craig's involvement involement in the suffrage movement and how she used theatre as a political tool to reach out to women of all working classes. In the main house, 'The Shakespearean Lectures of Ellen Terry' are newly exhibited. Her original notes and annotations examine a successful Victorian woman's attitude to feminism.


'Triumphant Women' celebrates the voices and work of the women of Smallhythe
Ellen Terry and Edy Craig at Smallhythe Place
'Triumphant Women' celebrates the voices and work of the women of Smallhythe




Performances in the Barn Theatre

We have a whole host of shows and talks taking place in the Theatre. From May 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 tearoom 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.