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Summer holiday National Trust events in Kent

PUBLISHED: 12:33 31 July 2018 | UPDATED: 12:33 31 July 2018

Children enjoy a nature trail at the White Cliffs of Dover (photo: National Trust)

Children enjoy a nature trail at the White Cliffs of Dover (photo: National Trust)

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Keep your children’s brain cells ticking over during the summer weeks ahead with these fun and inspiring ideas

Drama and English Literature

Take your pick of a rich programme of outdoor theatre this summer, with performances including works by Shakespeare, Wilde, J.M. Barrie and Noel Coward. Help your resident English students get to grips with The Tempest with an open-air evening production at Emmetts Garden on 16 August. Or enjoy the humour of The Importance of Being Earnest at Smallhythe Place on 10 August. Younger children will enjoy following the antics of The Reluctant Dragon at Scotney Castle on 4 August.

Science

Emmetts Garden is running a self-led trail around the garden for young naturalists to find out more about the wonderful world of ants every day in July and August (final day 2 September), while anyone interested in bats is invited to join a guided bat walk at Knole on 31 August at dusk. Refreshments and bat detectors are included for the pre-bookable price of £10 per participant.

History

Ellen Terry's famous beetle wing dress is on display at Smallhythe Place (photo: National Trust)Ellen Terry's famous beetle wing dress is on display at Smallhythe Place (photo: National Trust)

The National Trust has an enormously rich historical heritage, from the medieval manor house and estate at Ightham Mote to the Second World War tunnels and shelters of Fan Bay Deep Shelter near the White Cliffs of Dover. Quebec House is celebrating its centenary with several events running on days when the house is open to the public (until 21 September).

Geography

A special ‘Around the World’ family trail is available daily at Chartwell until 2 September, highlighting the countries that had links with Sir Winston Churchill and his family. Also on display in the house is an impressive collection of gifts and souvenirs presented to the Churchills during Sir Winston’s time in politics by heads of state and various foreign VIPs.

Textiles and Art

Students of fashion, design and the creative arts should pay a visit to Knole this month, where the conservation studio is working to restore and conserve historically significant textiles, including tapestries, wall hangings and bed linens. Knole is also running family craft days on 30 July and 6, 13 and 20 August. Anyone interested in theatre costumes will enjoy a visit to Smallhythe Place to see costumes worn by Victorian actress Ellen Terry and her friends.

Pre-bookable costume conservation tours are also available on Saturdays.

Games

Many National Trust houses and gardens have outdoor games that you can borrow, such as giant chess, quoits or skittles. But however you choose to spend the summer, make sure you pack in plenty of physical fun; even the most action-packed summer school should leave plenty of room for games and enjoying time with family and friends!

Find out more

For a list of summer holiday events and other activities taking place at the National Trust in and around Kent, visit: www.nationaltrust.org.uk/kent.

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