Mrs Smith's Cottage Early Years Group

Memory Sharing Day

Friday 20th May - 12noon to 4pm

Do you have any memories of meeting Mrs Smith?

We are opening the cottage doors for free for anyone who has memories of Mrs Smith to share with our dedicated volunteer team. We would like to record stories which will help us, and our visitors, to get to know more about Mrs Smith, her everyday life, food, and personality.

Wallpaper Exhibition

Friday 3rd June to 2nd September

Open every Friday, Saturday, Sunday, and Monday between 12noon and 4pm.

Throughout our Heritage Lottery Fund restoration project the team at Lincoln Conservation have worked to collect and restore examples of each wallpaper layer found within Mrs Smith's Cottage.

In this new exhibition you can pull back the layers and explore the changing decorative schemes in the cottage.

Platinum Jubilee Weekend

Events at Mrs Smiths Cottage and across Heart of Lincs.

Friday 3rd to Monday 5th June - 12noon to 4pm

Mrs Smith was a huge fan of the Royal Family and there are many mentions of them in her diaries throughout the years, follow our diary trail around her charming cottage and beautiful cottage garden! Continue the fun by bringing a picnic to share as a family and spend the afternoon playing traditional garden games as a family.

Join the celebrations across the Heart of Lincs and have a go at decorating your very own crown by collecting jewels at each of the Heart of Lincs heritage venues. Start here at Mrs Smith's Cottage and spend the weekend visiting Navigation House, Cogglesford Watermill, and Cranwell Aviation Heritage Museum.

Paint the Garden

Sunday 12th June - 12noon to 4pm

Free - for the event held in our garden, standard admission to the cottage applies.

Spend a relaxing Sunday afternoon painting, or drawing, in our beautiful cottage garden. Navenby artist, Debbie Davidge, will be on hand throughout the afternoon to answer your art questions, give practical advice, and offer encouragement as your artwork develops.

Simply drop into the gardens from 12noon and find a space in our cottage garden to settle down and start creating!

There will be canvases to take and drawing/painting supplies to borrow, all provided by our Heritage Lottery Fund Project, however you are very welcome to bring your own supplies.

Looking for more information? Email us: [email protected]

NK Walking Festival

The LAunch of the Navenby Heritage Trail

Saturday 18th June - 1pm - FREE

Playful Navenby

A History Walk for Families

Join Sally, our Learning Officer, for this FREE guided walk filled with play and games all exploring the history of Navenby.

This walk is ideal for families with young children. With a break half way through to rest, please brings snacks and drinks to enjoy. There is no cost to attend this event.

Sunday 19th June - 1pm - FREE

Navenby Heritage Trail Walk

Created by Nicki (and local historians) during her artist's residency at Mrs Smith's Cottage. Nicki has been artist in residence at Mrs Smith's Cottage since 2019. Previously she was the organiser of the Lincolnshire Wolds Walking Festival and has lots of experience organising and leading walks.

The walk also incorporates the Navenby Datestones, created by Nicki with funding from Arts Council England. Walk includes goody bag with printed walk booklet.

Free refreshments at conclusion, in the garden of Mrs Smith's Cottage.

Parking by kind permission of Navenby Methodist Church, High Street, Navenby LN5 0EN

Be More...

Sustainable. Seasonal. Hilda.

Explore the project page to find out more about all of the events listed below. Alongside this you will find resources and inspiration from Mrs Smith's life which can help you to live a more sustainable life.

Spring Forage

Saturday 14th May

10am to 12noon

Tickets - £5

At Hill Holt Wood

Small Space Gardening Talk

Tuesday 31st May

3pm to 4pm

Tickets - £5

At Mrs Smith's Cottage

Preserve Making Workshop

Monday 13th June

1:30pm to 3pm

Tickets - £9.80

At The Venue, Navenby

Pennells Garden Centre: A History

Friday 24th June

7pm to 8pm

Tickets - £5

At Mrs Smith's Cottage

Summer Forage

Saturday 25th June

10am to 12noon

Tickets - £5

At Hill Holt Wood

Anthotype Workshop

Friday 8th July

6pm to 8pm

Tickets - £8.50

At Mrs Smith's Cottage

Big Butterfly Count

Saturday 15th July

12noon to 4pm

Standard Admission

At Mrs Smith's Cottage

No need to book, simply drop in.

A Family Guide to an Edible Garden

Friday 29th July

11am to 12noon

FREE - fully funded by National Lottery Heritage Fund

At Mrs Smith's Cottage

Rag Rug Workshop

Tuesday 2nd August

11am to 12noon

Tickets - £10

At Mrs Smith's Cottage

Plant Dye Workshop

Thursday 11th August

1pm to 3pm

FREE - fully funded by National Lottery Heritage Fund

At Mrs Smith's Cottage

Wash Day Workshop

Thursday 25th August

11am to 12noon

Tickets - £10

At Mrs Smith's Cottage

A Seasonal Plate

Friday 26th August

7pm to 8pm

Tickets - £5

At Navenby Methodist Hall

Autumn Forage

Saturday 17th September

10am to 12noon

Tickets - £5

At Hill Holt Wood

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Cliff Villages Craft Weekend

31 July 2021 @ 10:00 am 1 August 2021 @ 4:00 pm

Free Drop in any time. Under 11s must be accompanied.

Saturday 31 July & Sunday 1 August @ 10am to 4pm (drop in any time)

At The Venue in Navenby

Free, but under 11’s must be accompanied

Refreshments available

Our artist in residence, Nicki Jarvis, has been awarded funding from Arts Council England to work with Cliff Carnival this summer. The project: Take Part and Make Your Mark TOGETHER will create opportunities for local people to contribute to permanent artworks that reflect on experiences over the past year and on the places and people who have been important.

Everyone is welcome to drop in at The Venue over the weekend and take part.

On the Saturday we will be working on six festival flags, using words and images that have been provided through outreach during the last few months. We will be drawing templates, cutting fabric and pinning/roughly hand-stitching this to a backing fabric. Volunteers will then kindly machine stitch our work after the workshop. The flags will be launched at a Cliff Carnival event in September then be available for Cliff villages to use for community celebrations.

On the Sunday we will be making decorative clay tiles inspired by the buildings, history and people of Navenby. Nicki will take these away to be glazed and fired, and they will then be mounted as a large panel and displayed in the community. Participants are also welcome to make a tile to keep.

For further information email [email protected] or phone 07590 040990.