Tudor Raids and House Exploration at Ufton Court

  13 Apr 2018

Paws for thought with Murphy

Murphy glasses

Welcome back pals, I hope you all had an egg-cellent Easter holidays. I certainly did roaming around the grounds at Ufton.

Murphy in the woods

Today I joined my pals from Ufton Adventure in their Tudor activities, and boy, the things they had to do today definitely got my tail wagging!

We started the day with a Tudor Raid – I love raids at Ufton because my pals get to become the re-enactment and not just sit and listen to a story. We chant and cheer and march down the drive before reaching the Manor House to search for the hidden Catholic priest. If I were a Scottish dog, I would be terrier-fied! In Tudor times, people weren’t allowed to be Catholic and so our Manor House has lots of secret priest holes where people may have had to hide. I think we managed to find them all but how many priest holes do you think there are in the house?

Looking out the window of the Tudor Manor House

The rest of the morning was spent exploring the Manor House to search for the ‘strange goings on’. We learnt all about the Hyde Hall, one of the oldest rooms at Ufton Court, which is part of the early 15th Century manor house on this site; and why the panelled room has it’s name (it’s because the painted panels holding religious beliefs of the early 1600s were hidden behind outer panels, away from any intruders’ creeping eyes!) Do you know who I felt a bit like… Sherlock Bones.

Talking of bones, after that jam-packed morning, it was time for some lunch. My pals let me have a bowl of kibble which was pawsome.

Have you experienced a Tudor day or residential visit at Ufton?

Murphy dressed like a Tudor, ready for the Tudor Raid

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