Smallhythe Place is located two miles south of Tenterden, in Kent, on the east side of the Rye road, on the B2082. It is open through 29th October daily (except Thursdays and Fridays) from 2 to 6 p.m., or dusk if earlier. Admission costs £2.80, for adults, £1.40 for children, or £7.00 for a family ticket. Tel: 01580 762334.
1997 is the 150th Anniversary of Ellen Terry’s birth. Smallhythe Place has planned numerous activities to commemorate this event. The Barn Theatre will host open-air performances of Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing, 7th through 10th August. Tickets are available by advance booking for £10 for adults and £6 for children. On the night of the performance, tickets will cost £12. For further information and tickets, contact the Summer Theatre Company, tel: 01580 672334.
The costs of maintaining Smallhythe Place cannot be met by the income from visitors alone. The National Trust has launched a campaign titled ‘A Search for Angels’ to raise funds. All gifts are appreciated, but donors making a contribution of £100 are recognized as Ellen Terry ‘Angels’ and will receive a commemorative certificate. For further information on the appeal, contact Margaret Weare, The National Trust, Smallhythe Place, Tenterden, Kent, TN30 7NG. Tel: 01580 762334.
A new colourfully illustrated guidebook, ‘Ellen Terry and Smallhythe Place’, especially commissioned for the anniversary year, is available for £2.50 from Smallhythe Place or can be obtained by mail order from the property for £4 which includes post and package. Cheques in British sterling should be made payable to The National Trust.
To become a member of The Royal Oak Foundation, The National Trust’s U.S. membership affiliate, please contact The Royal Oak Foundation, 285 West Broadway, New York, NY 10013, tel: 800-913-6565. Membership includes free admission to all National Trust properties.