Layer Marney Tower
Everything you need for a great day out...
Layer Marney Tower is England’s tallest Tudor gatehouse and has everything you need for a great day out: historic buildings, magnificent views, play areas, gardens and acres of parkland. The Tearoom serves both light lunches as well as tea and cakes, the Shop sells souvenirs, cards and gifts. Layer Marney Tower was built in the 1520’s by Henry Marney, Lord Privy Seal to Henry VIII. His ambition was to surpass Hampton Court in both size and grandeur. Staying at THE Tower SELF CATERING COTTAGE The Tea House, please book through the Vivat Trust, 0845 0900194. www.vivat.org.uk GLAMPING Posh camping in our 6 luxurious tented encampments. Please book through Country House Hideouts, 01420 549150. www.countryhousehideout.co.uk
LAYER MARNEY TOWER IS AVAILABLE FOR:
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Diamond Jubilee Celebrations Tuesday 5 June 11.00am – 5.00pm To celebrate the Diamond Jubilee of Elizabeth II another great Queen, Elizabeth I, repeats her visit to Layer Marney Tower, accompanied by courtly entertainers and fairies. Come and join the fun. Bottle feeding the Lambs Sunday 1 – Sunday 15 April 12.00pm – 5.00pm Extra opening to bottle feed the lambs. Come and enjoy this family activity. Every day except Friday and Saturday. Learn more about the Tower TOWER TOURS Tower Tours, for which there is no additional charge, start at 2.00pm and last approximately one hour. No need to book. INVITATION TO VIEW Guided Tours led by the owners, lasting approximately 2 hours. Include refreshments and access to parts of the house not normally open. GUIDED TOURS Can be arranged throughout the year for groups.
Sunday, 4 March 10.00am – 4.00pm STEPS IN TIME A workshop of 15th/17th Century dances hosted by Colchester Historical Dance. Tickets 01206 574913. Thursday, 22 March ESSEX BOOK FESTIVAL Andrew Motion introduces his eagerly awaited book, Silver; a sequel to Robert Louis Stevenson’s Treasure Island, as well as new poems. Followed by Q&A and book signing. Tickets 01206 573948
Sunday 1 April – Sunday 15 April 12.00pm – 5.00pm BOTTLE FEED THE LAMBS Come and feed the lambs. Note: Every day except Fridays and Saturdays. Sunday 8 & Monday 9 April 11.00am – 5.00pm IT’S EASTER! Fun for all the family. Toddler Easter egg hunt, egg & spoon races, and Easter trail. Bottle feed the lambs. Sunday, 15 April TOWER TOUR
Wednesday, 18 April GARDEN TOURS Part of the RHS Gardening Week – Guided Tours with our Head Gardener.
Sunday, 22 April 12.00pm – 5.00pm SPRING WALKS Part of the RHS Gardening Week – Guided Spring Country Walks throughout the afternoon. Sunday, 29 April 11.00am INVITATION TO VIEW Guided Tour with the owners, visiting parts of the House not usually open to visitors, includes refreshments. Booking essential. Tickets 01206 573948. Wednesday 2 May – Wednesday 30 May CORSELLIS & CONTEMPORARY SAMPLERS EXHIBITION 19th Century Corsellis Collection hung alongside contemporary samplers produced by the Colchester & Colne Embroiderers’ Guild. Note: Exhibition open Wednesdays and Sundays.
Sunday 6 & Monday 7 May KITE FESTIVAL Bring them, build them, fly them. Sunday, 13 May TOWER TOUR
11.00am – 5.00pm 2.00pm
Sunday, 20 May 10.30am – 12.30pm Start TRAIL RUN Walkers welcome. Open to all comers. In association with Colchester Harriers. Ticket includes entrance to the Tower and Music & Beer Festival. Sunday, 20 May 12.00pm – 5.00pm MUSIC & BEER FESTIVAL Music in the Courtyard. Fine selection of local beers and perrys in the Barn. Wednesday 23 May 11.00am INVITATION TO VIEW Guided Tour with the owners, visiting parts of the House not usually open to visitors, includes refreshments. Booking essential. Tickets 01206 573948. Wednesday, 23 May 7.45pm PLAY – THE TURN OF THE SCREW Theatre in the Long Gallery by the Echo Theatre Company. Tickets 07757 977707. Sunday, 27 May 12.00pm – 5.00pm GARDEN DAY Garden Tours, Spring Walks, Garden Talks, Floral themed Tea Room in the Long Gallery. Sunday, 3 June 11.00am – 5.00pm SUMMER WALKS Guided summer country walks throughout the afternoon. Monday, 4 June VILLAGE FETE Fun dog show, old fashioned stalls and games.
11.00am – 5.00pm
Tuesday, 5 June 11.00am – 5.00pm ELIZABETH, A ROYAL PROGRESS… Queen Elizabeth I will honour us with a visit in celebration of the Diamond Jubilee of Queen Elizabeth II. She will be welcomed with music, dancing, drama, fairies and entertainments. Sunday, 10 June TOWER TOUR
Wednesday, 13 June 11.00am INVITATION TO VIEW Guided Tour with the owners, visiting parts of the House not usually open to visitors, includes refreshments. Booking essential. Tickets 01206 573948. Sunday, 17 June 12.00pm – 5.00pm FATHERS’ DAY/CLASSIC CAR RALLY Family Fun Fit for Fathers. Free entry for pre-1973 cars. Sunday, 1 July 12.00pm – 5.00pm ART SUNDAY Art, Artists & Easels. Bring your sketchbook and join in the fun. Sunday 1 July to Thursday 12 July ESSEX CRAFT SOCIETY Exhibition by leading Essex craftsmen. Note: Exhibition closed Friday & Saturday.
12.00pm – 5.00pm
Sunday, 8 July 12.00pm – 5.00pm BEAUTIFUL BAROQUE English and Continental Baroque music, choral and instrumental, both secular and sacred. Sung and played. Sunday, 15 July TOWER TOUR
Sunday, 22 July 12.00pm – 5.00pm LIVING HISTORY DAY Step back in time and meet the Tudors brought to life. Sunday, 5 August 12.00pm – 5.00pm FARM DAY Fun on the Farm – scarecrow making (bring his old clothes), mini animal petting area, tractor rides, farm machinery display. Sunday, 12 August TOWER TOUR
Sunday 19 August to Thursday 30 August 12.00pm – 5.00pm TREADLE TO THREAD Mid Essex Weavers, Spinners & Dyers Exhibition. Note: Exhibition closed Friday & Saturday. Sunday 26 August & Monday 27 August 11.00am – 5.00pm AMAZING MAZES Mini maize maze, straw maze, Church labyrinth. Maze facts and fun for all the family.
Sunday, 2 September TOWER TOUR
Sunday, 9 September 12.00pm – 5.00pm AUTUMN WALKS Guided Autumn Country Walks throughout the afternoon. Sunday, 16 September 2.00pm THE PROFESSOR’S QUEST Family Treasure Hunt led by Professor Charles Young, solve the clues, unlock the puzzles and help lift the Curse of the Lady from Layer Marney. Limited spaces. Tickets 01206 330784. Wednesday, 19 September 11.00am INVITATION TO VIEW Guided Tour with the owners, visiting parts of the House not usually open to visitors, includes refreshments. Booking essential. Tickets 01206 573948. Sunday, 23 September 2.00pm THE PROFESSOR’S QUEST Family Treasure Hunt led by Professor Charles Young, solve the clues, unlock the puzzles and help lift the Curse of the Lady from Layer Marney. Limited spaces. Tickets 01206 330784. Sunday, 30 September 12.00pm – 5.00pm LAST DAY OF THE SEASON – CHARITY DAY Tickets sales donated to EACH (East Anglian Children’s Hospices). Sunday, 21 October WEDDING FAYRE
11.00am – 4.00pm
Wednesday, 31 October LANTERN TOUR Explore the Tower, Church and Grounds at night. Warm up with a glass of mulled wine. Limited places. Tickets 01206 330784.
Thursday, 1 November 7.00pm INVITATION TO VIEW Candlelit Guided Tour of the House by the owners visiting parts of the House not usually open to visitors with mulled wine. Booking essential. Tickets 01206 573948. Wednesday 19 & Thursday 20 December CHRISTMAS AT LAYER MARNEY Step back in time to 1912 – the golden age of Christmas Guided Tours of the Tower and family rooms decked out for Christmas. Animals in the barn. Festive food. Booking essential. Tickets 01206 330784.
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Layer Marney Tower is situated 1 mile off the B1022 Colchester – Maldon road. It is 6 miles from Colchester and 9 miles from Maldon. OPEN 1 APRIL – 30 SEPTEMBER 2012 April Sunday & Wednesday 12.00pm – 5.00pm 1 – 15 April, extra opening with bottle feeding of lambs every day except Friday and Saturday. May – June
Sunday & Wednesday 12.00pm – 5.00pm
July – August Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday 12.00pm – 5.00pm September
Sunday & Wednesday 12.00pm – 5.00pm
Bank Holidays Sunday & Monday
11.00am – 5.00pm
General Admission Adults £6.00 Prices may vary for Children £4.00 pre-booked events. Family £18.00 Dogs are welcome (2 Adults +2 Children) on leads. CONTACT DETAILS Layer Marney Tower, Nr Colchester, Essex CO5 9US Tel: 01206 330784, Email: email@example.com