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Summer of Play at Smallhythe Place

Dress up, perform and play at Smallhythe Place this summer.

  • Booking not needed
  • Free event (admission applies)

Step into the limelight this summer with a range of activities that will get your creative juices flowing and performing your very own mini shows.

Choose between taking centre stage yourself or test your puppetry skills with our range of hand puppets.

Prepare to meet your adoring audience in our backstage area under the cow byre next to the main house. Rummage through our costumes and pick your perfect outfit. Create a scene to perform and when you're ready, head to Puppet Theatre or The Rose Theatre (aka the gazebo at the end of the garden).

But the fun doesn't stop there. Play games on the tennis lawn and around the Barn Theatre, with skittles, hoopla and croquet on offer.

Summer of Play is sponsored by Starling Bank

Times

Prices

Event ticket prices

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

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The basics

Meeting point

Go to Visitor Reception upon arrival to scan your membership cards, pay for entry and find our more about our Summer of Play offer

What to bring and wear

All activities are outdoors so please dress appropriately for the weather

Accessibility

All outdoor activities have step free access, but please note the terrain around the garden is uneven and can be slippery in wet weather.

Upcoming events

Event

'Dressing Lady Macbeth': An Exhibition (25 May - 3 Nov) 

Rediscover gems of the 1888 Lyceum Theatre production of 'Macbeth' in an intimate exhibition which boasts a sumptuous costume, props and more.

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on
21 Jul to 3 Nov 2024
at
11:00 to 17:00
+ 76 other dates or times
Event

Meet the Archaeologists 

Bring along your budding archaeologists to meet members of our archaeology team every other Sunday at Smallhythe Place.

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on
21 Jul to 15 Sep 2024
at
12:00 to 15:00
+ 4 other dates or times
Event

Changeling Theatre presents: Present Laughter - SOLD OUT 

This production is sold out.

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on
21 Jul 2024
at
19:00 to 21:45
Event

Behind the Scenes Tour: Museum Objects 

This exclusive out-of-hours tour will lead you through object highlights in the house.

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on
24 Jul to 18 Sep 2024
at
10:15 to 11:00
+ 2 other dates or times