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Filming, winter gardening and Christmas for the Tudors talks at Penshurst Place this winter

Gardening, film, birds of prey and romance are among the topics being covered in a series of talks through the winter months at Penshurst Place this year.

The Roasts and Rambles carvery lunch series launches at the 14th century house on Sunday, November 17, aiming to shine a light on subjects during the darkest months of the year.

Penshurst Place after dark Picture: David Fenwick
Penshurst Place after dark Picture: David Fenwick

Taking place on selected Sundays in the Garden Restaurant, visitors will be able to enjoy the house and gardens of Penshurst Place at a time when they are usually closed to the public.

The first, Preparing Your Gardens for the Winter, will be hosted by chatty head gardener Tony Wiseman who has impressive garden knowhow. He’ll be giving an insight into how the 11 acres of garden at Penshurst Place are made ready for the winter months, and will give tips on how to use those techniques for your own garden.

It will be followed on Sunday, December 1 with Filming at Penshurst Place, looking at how the venue has been used by production companies filming everything from Mary Queen of Scots to The Princess Bride. General manager Ben Thomas will give a guided tour of the state rooms featured. The final Roasts & Rambles lunch will be on Sunday, December 15 when visitors will learn about Christmas in Tudor times, in the company of living history group Tudor Legacies. There will be three further events in January and February.

Tony Wiseman with the mistletoe at Penshurst
Tony Wiseman with the mistletoe at Penshurst

Ben said: “Roasts & Rambles offers a great opportunity to enjoy a day out and experience something a little different.”

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