Mrs Smith's Cottage Newsletter - January 2023

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We’re open to guests on Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Mondays, 12pm-4pm, with a last entry time of 3pm.

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.

Happy New Year!

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We're looking forward to the New Year at Mrs Smith's Cottage, with lots lined up for 2023.

Our Craft Club is continuing, held on the second Saturday of every month, as well as our regular NavenBEEs preschool group on the second Friday.

To keep up to date with exciting events in 2023, follow us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

Join our team

Volunteers needed

If your New Year's Resolution revolves around giving back to your local community, getting more active, meeting new people, or developing your skills, come and speak to us! 

From tour guiding to gardening, crafting to cycling, there’s a place in our friendly volunteer team for you.

Roles include:

  • Gift Shop Crafter
  • Tour Guides
  • Customer Service Helper
  • Diary Photography & Transcriptions
  • Cycling Guide

and so much more!

For more details, drop into the cottage to speak to a member of our team or send an enquiry email to

Drop in again from Friday 6th


We're delighted to be reopening on Friday 6th January after an unexpected closure over the Christmas period.

All hands were on deck to get up and running after a burst water pipe - thankfully we managed to get up and running for one day only to welcome Santa to the cottage on 17th December.

Thank you for your patience during this time, and we look forward to welcoming you again soon!

Thanks to you!


Our projects and events have been supported by National Lottery Heritage Funding

Upcoming Events

Navenby Plough Jags Tour

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Sunday 8th January

The Navenby Plough Play returns!

Starting at 6pm in the Mrs Smith's Cottage garden, the tour will travel through the village pubs, ending at the Lion and Royal for a folk music session.

Come along to celebrate Plough Monday and witness this very Lincolnshire tradition.



Friday 13th January

A play focused early years group held at Mrs Smith’s Cottage. Each month we explore a different theme with crafts, rhymes, and games.

We will be learning all about colours and exploring the cottage with a rainbow trail!

Suitable for all ages.
No need to book simply drop in from 11am.

Tickets are £2 per child, accompanying adults are free.

Craft Club

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Saturday 14th January, 1pm-3pm

In the first Craft Club of the New Year we'll be taking inspiration from Mrs Smith by making promise boxes filled with inspirational quotes and actions to guide us into the new year.

Join us from 1pm to make your own box.

No need to book, simply drop in!

Learning for all


If you're keen on expanding your knowledge in the new year or learning a new skill, take a look at the Learning Page on our website.

As well as our school offer, you'll also find information on our resource boxes, outreach offers and upcoming workshops.

You can also enjoy activities without leaving your living room by exploring our digital cottage!

Click here to find inspiration.