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Selby Spies: Spies, Plots and Uprisings

Join us for two long weekends of historical reenactments at Ightham Mote this summer, filled with spies, plots, and uprisings!

  • Booking not needed
  • Free event (admission applies)

Experience the thrill of history with themed weeks at Ightham Mote.

From 22-24 August, delve into "Plots, Spies and Crowns," featuring reenactments of Elizabeth I and the Spanish Armada, Mary Queen of Scots, and more.

From 29-31 August, explore "Challenges, Uprisings and Battles," including the Prayer Book Rebellion and a thrilling tournament.

Enjoy interactive code and cypher wheels, along with a month-long mystery trail.

Talks at 11.00, 12.30, 13.45, 15.00. *

*Family themed talks

Times

Prices

Event ticket prices

This event is free, but normal admission charges apply for the venue.

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The basics

Suitability

Children welcome

Meeting point

All activities will take place on the North Lawn.

What to bring and wear

These activities will take place outdoor so please wear clothing suitable for changeable weather.

Accessibility

The garden is steep in places with steps and gravel, cobbles and grass pathways - please speak to staff on arrival for the best route for your needs. Disabled parking is available near visitor reception but there is some gravel in areas of the car park. Pushchairs are permitted in all areas of the garden, but please take care.Take care, there are many open water areas around the garden.

Upcoming events

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Exhibition: Selby Spies 

Discover the shadowy story of the Selby family at Ightham Mote this summer and their connection to the mysteries of Elizabeth I’s court and secret schemes of Mary Queen of Scots.

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on
22 Jul to 16 Sep 2024
at
11:00 to 16:00
+ 56 other dates or times
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Sargent’s Palette in Bloom Display 

Join us this Spring for our series of displays celebrating renowned artist John Singer Sargent!

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on
22 Jul to 31 Oct 2024
at
11:00 to 16:00
+ 101 other dates or times
Event

Selby Spies: Summer Crafts 

Get crafty with us this summer!

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on
25 Jul to 15 Aug 2024
at
11:00 to 15:00
+ 3 other dates or times
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Selby Spies: Garden Trail 

Explore the garden as you discover the shadowy story of the Selby family at Ightham Mote

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on
29 Jul to 1 Sep 2024
at
10:00 to 17:00
+ 34 other dates or times