Mrs Smith's Cottage Newsletter - August 2022

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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.

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Summer Holiday fun at the Cottage

Looking for some time well spent during the summer holidays? Mrs Smith’s Cottage is the perfect place to spark conversations across generations and spend meaningful time together as a family, whether you’re exploring the cottage or taking part in one of our family activities.

Keep up-to-date with our events list by following us on social media – we’re on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter.

A Seasonal Plate

Friday 26 August at 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm


Seasonal eating would have been normal throughout Mrs Smith’s life.

In the modern world we are becoming increasingly disconnected from where our food comes from, and the seasonality of the foods we eat.

This talk, run by BBC Radio Lincolnshire Sunday Snippet gardener Allotment Cooks, will give an informative overview of how to start eating seasonally in the modern world.

Book your place through our website.



Looking for a space to hire in Navenby?

The learning space at the cottage is available for hire for £10 an hour. Ideal for craft groups, team meetings, play groups or even a friendship club. For more information, or to book, simply get in touch with us.



Family Fun at Heckington Show

Thanks to those who came to see us at Heckington Show this year - we had a great weekend and visitors loved our Wash Day Activity and the VR Experience of the cottage.

If you missed us at the show, you can still have a go at traditional hand-washing as Mrs Smith would have done in our Washing Weekend on Saturday 20th and Sunday 21st August, 12pm - 3:30pm.



None of the events at Mrs Smith's Cottage would be possible without support from our National Lottery Heritage Funding.

August events at Mrs Smith's Cottage

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Mrs Smith's Wallpaper - our current exhibition

Friday 3rd June-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.


Lino Printing Workshop

Friday 5th August – 10am to 4pm

Join Harriott Brand for a day long lino printing workshop; create a large scale lino print inspired by the decorative wallpapers found during the Mrs Smith’s Cottage restoration project.

Tickets: £23 per person


Vegetable Dye Workshop

11 August at 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Ideal for families, have a go at creating a wonderful dye from waste plant materials and vegetable scraps.

Tickets: FREE - book through the website


NavenBEES Early Years Group

10am-11am Friday 12th

To book onto our monthly preschool group, join our NavenBEES Facebook group.


Washing Weekend

Sat 20th & Sun 21st, 12pm-:30pm

Join in with our traditional Washing Weekend - no need to book, simply drop in!


A Seasonal Plate Talk

Friday 26 August at 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Join the Allotment Cooks for tips and hints on making the most of seasonal produce.

Tickets: £5


NavenBEES Early Years Gardeners

Friday 26th, 10am-11am

To book onto our monthly preschool gardening group, join our NavenBEES Facebook group

A sneak peek at what's coming up in September...

  • Autumn Forage Saturday 17th Sept