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Tudor Day at Gardens of Easton Lodge near Great Dunmow on Sunday April 23





Step back in time and meet the Tudors at the Gardens of Easton Lodge on Sunday (April 23).

There will be a host of activities and games for visitors to enjoy as well as St George's Day fun, including a dragon trail for children, at the Historic England grade II registered gardens at Little Easton, near Great Dunmow.

You can try your hand at archery, don some armour or have a go at basketry, net and charm making, willow weaving and quill writing.

The Tudor Day at the Gardens of Easton Lodge (63399018)
The Tudor Day at the Gardens of Easton Lodge (63399018)

Queen Elizabeth I gave Henry Maynard the estate at Little Easton in recognition of his work as the right-hand man to William Cecil, Lord Burghley. Cecil was the Queen's foremost advisor, Lord Chancellor and, some say, spymaster-in-chief too, with spies across England and France to ensure he was one step ahead of any Catholic plots to kill the Queen and restore a Catholic monarchy.

Rather than rebuilding the medieval manor house next to the church, Maynard decided to build a new mansion on the site of a hunting lodge and called it Easton Lodge.

The Companye of Merrie Folke will be leading the Tudor Day activities. Their authentic costumes and knowledge of Tudor customs will bring the history of Easton Lodge to life. They will be telling the story of the building of Easton Lodge and visitors can taste their Tudor fare too.

The Tudor Day at the Gardens of Easton Lodge (63399013)
The Tudor Day at the Gardens of Easton Lodge (63399013)

Trustee Jill Goldsmith said: "The Merrie Folke are such experts and enthusiasts that the Tudor Day is bound to be great fun, as well as a learning experience.

"And the Gardens of Easton Lodge Preservation Trust's archivists have been working hard to add to our displays on Henry Maynard and his Tudor mansion."

The gardens look particularly lovely in April, with the last of the daffodils and bluebells, tulips, the first roses and fresh leaves and blossom on the trees.

As for other Sunday open days at the gardens, there will be plant, craft and other local information stalls and activities for children. The trust's volunteers will be providing refreshments, including hot and cold drinks, bacon, cheese and hummus rolls and a lovely selection of home-made cakes. Dogs on leads are welcome.

The Tudor Day at the Gardens of Easton Lodge (63399020)
The Tudor Day at the Gardens of Easton Lodge (63399020)

The gardens are open for Tudor Day from 11am to 5pm with last entry at 4pm. Tickets can be bought at www.eastonlodge.co.uk or from www.Trybooking.com.



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