What's On

William Morris described Kelmscott Manor as a ‘door to the imagination’, and today our staff and volunteers endeavour to keep the Manor as alluring and inspiring for our visitors as it was for Morris and his contemporaries. Our special events are designed to tempt visitors to return to the Manor again and again!

We also organise special experiences for our members, Friends of Kelmscott Manor.

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Summer Exhibition

Mary Lobb – From Cornwall to Kelmscott: A Life Revealed (10 June - 28 October)

Join us for an eye-opening exhibition exploring the life of May Morris's campanion of 22 years, Miss Mary Frances Vivian Lobb. The exhibition will contain photographs, documents and ephemera from the collections of The National Library of Wales and Kelmscott Manor; many artefacts have never before been exhibited. It has been co-curated by Simon Evans (The National Collection of Welsh Photographs) and Dr Kathy Haslam (Kelmscott Manor). Ticket included in the cost of admission to the Manor house. Read more ...

Miss Lobb (640 X 300)

Family Workshops

During the open season – and especially during school holidays – we try to be as family friendly as possible and frequently host children's trails and family workshops.

Most workshops take place on Saturdays, 12.00 to 4.00 p.m. Admission is included with the purchase of a ticket to the Manor or the Garden.

  • 10 June 2017: Embroidery Workshop
  • 22 July 2017: Doves! Paper Birds Workshop
  • 19 August 2017: Create Your Own Necklace
  • 25 October 2017: The Big Draw

Questions? Email membership-groups@kelmscottmanor.org.uk.

Kelmscott Manor Lecture Series

Join us at Morris Memorial Hall for one of the following fantastic lectures (click on the lecture title for more information or to book online). Lectures are free for Friends of Kelmscott Manor (members); general admission is £10.00 unless stated otherwise and includes a glass of wine or soft drink.

Booking is required as space is limited (click on the lecture title for more information or to book).

Questions? Email membership-groups@kelmscottmanor.org.uk.

Play English Lawn Croquet

The Morris family often liked to play croquet in the Manor garden. William and Jane’s daughter, May, was particularly fond of the game—we still have May Morris’s croquet box at the Manor!

We are hoping visitors will enjoy the game as much as the Morris family did. The Manor’s croquet set is suitable for families; mallets of different heights are available to suit all persons large and small. Advanced booking is not necessary and croquet equipment hire is included in the admission price.

Following the rules of the Croquet Association, visitors are invited to play on our lawn. Afterward, we recommend indulging in a delicious snack in the nearby Tearoom.


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