As the leaves begin to change colour and we move into Autumn there is still a lot to look forward to at Layer Marney Tower.
Sunday 1st September is looking like a really fun day. We are delighted that the North Essex Astronomical Society will be with us for the day telling us all about the Moon Landing 50 years ago. With Pop up Planetarium, telescopes and solarscopes as well as experts on hand to talk us through the Apollo Mission and the sky at night, we are in for a treat. Alongside the moon we have kites. Our annual Kite Festival, organised by the Essex Kite Group is always very popular as we marvel at the fabulous kites flying from the Big Field and children enjoy making, then flying their own kites. With experts at hand, everyone should be able to master kite flying as long as the wind is kind to us!
On Sunday 8th September come and enjoy a Tower Tour, This is a very good introduction to the history of the Tower and the families who have lived in it over the last 500 years. Meet in the Courtyard at 2.00 pm. No need to book, no additional charge.
Most years we have some sort of outdoor theatre in the Layer Marney gardens, this year is no exception and we are looking forward to the Handebards pedaling in to entertain and amuse us. This environmentally friendly theatre group, arrive with minimal props and costumes, by bike. They cycle their plays around the world, rely heavily on audience participation and improvisation and are getting rave reviews. Book your tickets from www.handlebards.com for the Layer Marney performance of Much Ado About Nothing on 11th September.
It is a Layer Marney tradition that admission charges for the last house opening day of the season are donated to a charity. For the second year running this charity is the British Red Cross who have arranged a musical extravaganza for you, with performances by the Rock Choir, Military Wives Choir, Leigh Orpheus Male Voice Choir and Alive and Kicking Morris Dancers. If you would like to support this excellent charity and at the same time enjoy a musical afternoon, come along on Sunday 29th September.
The house opening season over, we look towards Christmas….but that’s a story for another day.