In 2014, Kelmscott Manor sponsored its first Artist in Residence, Sasha Ward.
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.
"Only there is Life"
The Artist Edward and Stephani Scott-Snell at Kelmscott Manor 1940-48
(23 June - 31 October 2018)
A special exhibition of paintings, drawings and writings by the artist Edward and Stephani Scott-Snell, created during the period they lived at the Manor as self described "guardians of the most beautiful house in the world". Admission is included with a purchase of a ticket to the Manor house.
Activities for Children
We have a number of activities for younger visitors.
Help Fafnir - A new Manor house trail for children (ages 5 - 9 year olds). Please ask at the ticket office when you arrive.
Attic Activity Table - Various puzzles, drawing activities and a word search for young and old to enjoy in the attic at the top of the Manor.
Garden Information & Activity Sheet - Available in the Brewhouse at the back of the Manor. Find out about the other buildings around the Manor House and their inspiration for Willam Morris. Draw your own topiary hedge and enjoy the wordsearch puzzle.
During the open season – and especially during school holidays – we run a number of family friendly workshops.
All 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.
- 5 May 2018: Make Morris Dance! Drawing workshop
- 9 June 2018: Doves and roses workshop
- 28 July 2018: Printing from Nature
- 25 August 2018: Creative Jewellery
- 6 October 2018: The Big Draw
Kelmscott Manor Lecture Series
Join us at Morris Memorial Hall for one of the following fantastic lectures. Lectures are free for Friends of Kelmscott Manor; 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).
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 hope that 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.
You can either follow the rules of the Croquet Association, or just have a go playing on our lawn at the side of the Manor. Afterward, we recommend indulging in a delicious snack in the nearby Tearoom.
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