Newsletter – July 2022

We’re open to guests on Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Mondays, 12pm-4pm. Mrs Smith’s door was always open to drop-in visitors, and so are we! Due to the small size of the building we recommend booking your visit in advance to avoid disappointment.

Our ‘Be More’ events programme continues into July; we’re sharing practical everyday skills inspired by Mrs Smith’s low waste lifestyle and helping us understand seasonal eating, food production, and waste disposal methods to make more sustainable choices.

Have a look at the ‘Be More…’ webpage for more information and see the list below for July’s exciting events!

The Navenby Heritage Trail

Last month we launched the new Navenby Heritage Trail. Starting at Mrs Smith’s Cottage the trail takes you on a circular route of the historic village, where you can find date stones embedded into the pavement that have been designed by artist-in-residence Nicki Jarvis.

The trail booklet explains the significance of each date to Navenby. What a great way to mix heritage, art, nature, and exercise!

Upcoming events in July

Mrs Smith’s Wallpaper – our new exhibitionRunning until 2nd Sept

Pull back the layers and explore the changing decorative schemes in the cottage in this exhibition by the Lincoln Conservation team thanks to our Heritage Lottery Funding.

Anthotype WorkshopFri 8 July, 6-8pm, Tickets £8.50

Create your own anthoype prints using Mrs Smith’s Cottage and Gardens as inspiration.

Big Butterfly CountSat 15 July, 12-4pm, standard entry fee applies

Join the Big Butterfly count at the Cottage and take a copy of our butterfly trail, with tips and ticks for creating a butterfly friendly space at home.

Small Space GardeningMon 12 July, 11am-12pm, tickets £5

Join the Sage Gardener team as they help you to make the most of any available growing space. This talk is ideal for families, beginner gardeners or those who don’t know where to start with their own garden projects.

Family Guide to an Edible GardenTues 29 July, 11am-12pm, FREE

In this workshop Hannah Sylvester will be sharing a family friendly guide to some unexpectedly edible plants. Helping you to make a nibble pot, letting you try the plants as you go along!

Save the date! Coming up in August…

Rag Rug Workshop: Tues 2nd

Lino Printing: Fri 5th

Plant Dye Workshop: Thu 11th

Wash Days: Sat 20th & Sun 21st

Seasonal Plate Talk: Fri 26th

Come and say hello at Heckington Show!

Back for a full two-day weekend, the 153rd Heckington Show will be on 30th and 31st July, and we’re excited to be there!

Find us in the NKDC marquee, where you can have a go at some great family activities; join in with our vintage Wash Day, collect some free #BeMore tips and goodies, and much more!

Welcome to the team, Sophie!

We’re so excited to introduce Sophie, the new Heritage Assistant at the cottage.

Sophie has a love of heritage and we’ve loved having her here at the cottage for her first month. Pop along during our opening times to say hello!

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