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Soil Association Best Organic Farm Visit Finalist

We’re thrilled that Mary Arden’s Farm is a finalist in the Organic Farm Visit category at this year’s Soil Association awards. Help us claim the title by casting your vote http://bit.ly/1w5y5h0

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Good Queen Bess Visits Mary Arden’s Farm

We were astonished and honoured to receive a surprise visit from Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth I, today!!!!!!! As you all may know, she is given to suddenly descending upon her subjects to determine for herself, their well being and obedience to her laws.  This was all the more important as Thursday 20 March was a […]

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First Longhorn Calf of 2014

Our second new arrival of 2014, a beautiful Longhorn bull calf, was born on Thur 20 March.  Once again, cow and calf are doing well.  Kate, the cow, was an old pro at all this and calmly gave birth around noon in front of visitors with hardly a bat of an eyelid.  We will be […]

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500 Year Anniversary – Celebration Panel – Work In Progress

Mary Arden’s Farm – 500 years 1514 – 2014 Here is Sharon Lippett our head Tudor talking about our 500 Year Celebration Panel This year sees the 500th anniversary of the building of Mary Arden’s Farm. Mary Arden was William Shakespeare’s mother and was the youngest of eight daughters. She went on to marry John Shakespeare […]

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Tudors on parade

Plough Sunday

Mary Arden’s Farm may be closed to the public, but a few of the diehard Tudors are determined to carry on and celebrate events from the Tudor calendar. On Sunday 19 January staff and volunteers processed the plough, beautifully bedecked with winter greenery and ribbons, from the farm to the local church. A special service […]

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Tug of war -Take 2

Just don’t get beaten by the 16th Century!!

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Tug of War -Take 1

Every event day ends in a test of strength………

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Horses Branle music before dinner

Mistress Connie, Master Donald and Master Keith provide the music for the feast gathering

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Abi & Zoe demonstrate braiding

Two young maids teach us the craft of braiding at Mary Ardens Sheep shearers festival

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The Sheep Shearers Feast

Some of the delights that were present to thank the Sheep Shearers for their hard work – and celebrate that shearing is finally over!!

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