Events

Layer Marney Tower has all sorts of different Events throughout the year. Some are organised by us and some are put on by other people. Some are inside and others are outside. Some are free and others require tickets booked in advance.

Bank Holiday Sunday

Come and see Layer Marney Tower and the Essex Barn after all the work. Gardens, Church and Play Area all open. Tower and Exhibitions all open. Tea Room will be in the Long Gallery, offering plenty of space. If the weather is lovely bring a picnic.

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Bank Holiday Monday

Come and see Layer Marney Tower and the Essex Barn after all the work. Gardens, Church and Play Area all open. Tower and Exhibitions all open. Tea Room will be in the Long Gallery, offering plenty of space. If the weather is lovely bring a picnic.

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Treasure Island

There are so many different things going on at Layer Marney Tower that sometimes it is easier to read what we are up to. These are regularly written, gentle tales of life at Layer Marney Tower.

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Wedding Fayre

Recurring

There are so many different things going on at Layer Marney Tower that sometimes it is easier to read what we are up to. These are regularly written, gentle tales of life at Layer Marney Tower.

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#Thanks to You

Lottery's Special 2 for 1 Day
#Thanks to you

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Sheep Shearing

The Tower and grounds are still open but due to unforeseen circumstances the Sheep Shearer is no longer able to join us.

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Macbeth by the Handlebards

The excellent Handlebards return to Layer Marney Tower with a wonderful rendition of Macbeth. Pedal-powered, this four strong troupe will give you a unique version of Shakespeares's Macbeth

£18
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Live Music Day Returns- Sadly cancelled

Henry VIII with all his wives (at once, brave man) will be here.
Sadly the musicians will not be with us as some f them have been asked to self isolate.

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Tudor Legacies

Recurring

In addition, do you fancy chatting to Anne Boleyn? do you have any questions to ask Catherine Parr? The Tudor Legacies with their Henry VIII and his six wives will all be here and would enjoy your company. It is a wonderful selfie moment!

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Robin Hood by the Three Inch Fools

Delayed because one of them had Covid, we are delighted The Three Inch Fools have reset their date. Come and see Robin Hood with his Merry Men and their slightly confused idea of their adventures.

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Tudor Legacies at Layer Marney Tower

As part of the house opening Henry VIII will be wandering around Layer Marney Tower and will be bring all six of his wives. They are a friendly bunch and are more than happy to chat. Come and find out more about the Tudor times and may be have yourself a selfie with Jane Seymour!
Later on, if you bring a kite you can take it to the big field to fly

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Kite Day

Mix history with kite flying. Bring your own kite and fly it in our big field. Later have a chat with one of Henry VIII's wives!

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Layer Marney Cup Fuel Trial

If you want to come in and watch all sorts of cars, from as early as the 1920’s being weighed as the final stage of the Layer Marney Cup, then plan your visit to finish in the afternoon. The Tower, gardens, church and Essex Barn will be open as usual and this will be an added extra to your visit!

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Closed for a Private Function

Closed for a Private Function. Unfortunately we are closed today, please check our opening times for other available dates.

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Essex Book Festival Alison Weir’s book on Katherine Parr

As Part of the Essex Book Festival: Katherine Parr by Alison Weir. Come and meet the Author

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Village Fete

The village of Layer Marney organise a good old-fashioned fete once a year. Moved from May to August this year it is your opportunity to smash plates, buy jam, splat the rat and enter your dog into one of the silliest of Dog Shows.

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Companye of Merri Folk

As if the village Fete is not enough, throughout the day, camped in the field will be the Companye of Merri Folk. A Tudor encampment keen to show you how life was in Tudor times. They welcome you to see, touch and smell what they are up in the camp.

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Robin Hood by the Three Inch Fools

Hapless hero Robin Hood pulls out - Sadly postponed due to Covid. The new date is Tuesday 31st August 6pm

£16
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The Mikado by Gilbert and Sullivan

The Mikado by Gilbert and Sullivan performed by the Merry Opera Company to raise money for the Essex Rural Fund

£30.00
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Red Cross Day

Last Day of House Opening and all the Gate Money will be give to the Red Cross. Come and support an excellent Charity.

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Wedding Fayre

Recurring

There are so many different things going on at Layer Marney Tower that sometimes it is easier to read what we are up to. These are regularly written, gentle tales of life at Layer Marney Tower.

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Essex Agricultural Society Talk – From ‘Search and Recovery’ and everything in between…

Layer Marney Tower

Essex Agricultural Society events are created with our members in mind. From current affairs debates to guest speakers covering all aspects of rural life. Members and non-members are welcome, with events held in Braintree, Chelmsford, Colchester and surrounding areas. This talk is all about Search and Recovery

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Christmas at Layer Marney Tower

Christmas at Layer Marney Tower including a tour of the house, lunch and a performance of the Beatrix Potter's The Tailor of Gloucester

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Christmas at Layer Marney Tower

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Christmas at Layer Marney Tower including a tour of the house, lunch and a performance of the Beatrix Potter's The Tailor of Gloucester

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Christmas at Layer Marney Tower

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Christmas at Layer Marney Tower including a tour of the house, lunch and a performance of the Beatrix Potter's The Tailor of Gloucester

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Christmas at Layer Marney Tower

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Christmas at Layer Marney Tower including a tour of the house, lunch and a performance of the Beatrix Potter's The Tailor of Gloucester

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Christmas at Layer Marney Tower

Christmas at Layer Marney Tower including a tour of the house, lunch and a performance of the Beatrix Potter's The Tailor of Gloucester

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Tailor of Gloucester

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The Tailor of Gloucester
Come to a lovely Christmas play and sing carols as well

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Tom Carradine’s Cockney Sing-a-long

Layer Marney Tower

Tom Carradine's Cockney Sing-a-long

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First Day Of House Opening 2022

Come and see what we have been up to since you were last here

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Bottle Feeding the Lambs

Recurring

Back at last. Come and say hello to the Lambs.
Your ticket also allows you to explore the Tower and have fun with the Garden Games in the Barn

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Bottle Feeding the Lambs

Recurring

Back at last. Come and say hello to the Lambs.
Your ticket also allows you to explore the Tower and have fun with the Garden Games in the Barn

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Bottle Feeding the Lambs

Recurring

Back at last. Come and say hello to the Lambs.
Your ticket also allows you to explore the Tower and have fun with the Garden Games in the Barn

More Info

Bottle Feeding the Lambs

Recurring

Back at last. Come and say hello to the Lambs.
Your ticket also allows you to explore the Tower and have fun with the Garden Games in the Barn

More Info

Bottle Feeding the Lambs

Recurring

Back at last. Come and say hello to the Lambs.
Your ticket also allows you to explore the Tower and have fun with the Garden Games in the Barn

More Info

Bottle Feeding the Lambs

Recurring

Back at last. Come and say hello to the Lambs.
Your ticket also allows you to explore the Tower and have fun with the Garden Games in the Barn

More Info

Bottle Feeding the Lambs

Recurring

Back at last. Come and say hello to the Lambs.
Your ticket also allows you to explore the Tower and have fun with the Garden Games in the Barn

More Info

Bottle Feeding the Lambs

Recurring

Back at last. Come and say hello to the Lambs.
Your ticket also allows you to explore the Tower and have fun with the Garden Games in the Barn

More Info

Bottle Feeding the Lambs

Recurring

Back at last. Come and say hello to the Lambs.
Your ticket also allows you to explore the Tower and have fun with the Garden Games in the Barn

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Easter Sunday and Easter Monday

Recurring

Come and Enjoy Easter with us. Egg and Spoon Races, Toddler Easter Egg Hunts and Bottle feeding Lambs and that is before your explore the Tower.

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Easter Sunday and Easter Monday

Recurring

Come and Enjoy Easter with us. Egg and Spoon Races, Toddler Easter Egg Hunts and Bottle feeding Lambs and that is before your explore the Tower.

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The Companye of Merrie Folke and the May Day Trail

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The Companye of Merrie Folke and the May Day Trail

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Tudor Legacies

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As well as a visit to Layer Marney Tower, do you fancy chatting to Anne Boleyn? do you have any questions to ask Catherine Parr? The Tudor Legacies with their Henry VIII, wives, courtiers and two children will all be here today and would enjoy your company. It is a wonderful selfie moment!

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Invitation to View Tours

Come on your own or with friends and be taken on a Guided tour full of history and stories about Layer Marney Tower. Often guided by a member of the family the tour goes from one end of the building to the other.

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Twelfth Night performed by the Handlebards

The Handlebards return with an hilarious, energetic, outdoor production of Shakespeare's Twelfth Night, bring your own chair, picnic and blanket, doors open at 6pm for 7pm start.

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Celebration of Music and Song

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organised by Annette Gentleman

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Tower Tours

Layer Marney Tower is nearly 500 years old and the Marney Family were here for nearly 500 years before the house was built. Come and hear some interesting facts and have some of the special features pointed out to enhance you visit.

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Father’s Day

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Invitation to View Tours

Come on your own or with friends and be taken on a Guided tour full of history and stories about Layer Marney Tower. Often guided by a member of the family the tour goes from one end of the building to the other.

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Essex Book Festival

Layer Marney Tower

Julia Abel Smith
Tracy Borman
Andrew Lownie

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