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Harvington Hall

Address : Harvington Hall Lane
Address : Harvington
Town/City : Kidderminster
County : Worcestershire
Country : England
Post code : DY10 4LR
Phone : 01562 777846
Web Site :  www.harvingtonhall.com

Tucked away in a peaceful corner of Worcestershire, Harvington Hall is a beautiful moated manor house with the largest surviving series of priest hides in the country and a rare collection of original Elizabethan wall paintings.

Originally built in the 1300s and developed magnificently in the late 1500s, Harvington Hall brings to life the fascinating history of the survival of Roman Catholic families and clergymen during the Reformation of the late sixteenth century.

Visitors will discover the Hall's many ingenious secret priest hides, many of which were designed by Saint Nicholas Owen, and marvel at the outstanding and rare wall paintings of the late 1500s.

The moated island is home to a variety of wildlife, not least the highly-esteemed ducks.

The moat harbours sizeable carp, and the occasional Kingfisher has been known to hunt there.

The Hall's beautiful gardens offer a peaceful retreat, with a stunning display of colour and a variety of styles. Boasting a formal herb garden and courtyard, a wildflower garden and cottage-style floral borders, the Hall's gardens are lovingly tended by dedicated volunteers.

The Malt House Visitor Centre offers a series of family activities and historic games, as well as an introductory film about the Hall and an insight into the processes of malting and brewing.

Also on the moated island, the Georgian Chapel is a peaceful space. Damaged by fire in 1823, after repairs it became the village school until 1913. It was restored and reopened for worship in the 1980s, and is still used for Mass today.
The Moatside Tearoom offers superb homemade cakes and scones and light lunches, all in an atmospheric historic setting. The Hall's gift shop offers a selection of Fairtrade and unusual gifts and homeware.

The Hall also has an extensive events programme, including action-packed Living History days, concerts, outdoor theatre and seasonal banqueting events.

The Hall is open Wednesdays - Sundays from March - October, from 11.30am. For more information, please see the Hall's website - www.harvingtonhall.com 

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Please note that some activities are dependent on the weather. For more information, please call the Hall Office on 01562 777846 or visit www.harvingtonhall.com

It's Official! Harvington Hall is a true Hidden Gem!

Staff and volunteers at Harvington Hall, near Chaddesley Corbett, Kidderminster, are delighted that the Hall has been awarded a prestigious accolade as a 'Hidden Gem.' The Hall was joint winner in the UK Heritage Awards for the category of 'Hidden Gem', alongside 78 Derngate, in Northamptonshire. In 2019, the 'Hidden Gem' category received more applications than ever before, and Harvington Hall stood out amongst the crowd due to its unique character and moving story.

The winner was announced at a formal lunch celebrating the awards at Grocer's Hall, London, on Monday 25th March, and was received by Hall Manager, Emma Pullen, and long-standing Hall volunteer, Helen Bryan.

Harvington Hall, owned and looked after by the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Birmingham, tells the story of a remarkable survival in more ways than one. Preserved by neglect, the Hall also conceals no less than 7 priests' hiding places and a cunning chimney escape, which together tell the fascinating story of the survival of the Roman Catholic faith during the Reformation of the sixteenth century. Judges of the awards commented on how truly unique and special the Hall is in holding on to its secrets and its incredibly rare wall paintings, and how significant its message of tolerance is to humankind. The Hall has long been recognised as a 'gem' on Trip Advisor, but the team there are determined that it will remain 'hidden' no longer!

UK Heritage Awards2Emma Pullen, Hall Manager, said: "Winning this award means so much to everyone at Harvington Hall, some have whom have lovingly contributed their time to it for decades. The Hall truly deserves this accolade, and hopefully it will help to raise its profile so that many more visitors can discover its secrets and help to preserve it for everybody's enrichment for centuries to come."

2019 Events

Come and join us at Harvington Hall for a festival of history on this May Bank Holiday weekend, Sunday 26th and Monday 27th May. Between 11.30am and 3.30pm, we will be celebrating the best of all the Ages! Starting with the battle of Agincourt, discover the lives and times through of the Wars of the Roses and Elizabethan England. Feast your eyes on a working Tudor kitchen, visit a regency picnic, and then immerse yourself in the world Wars. Meet characters throughout the Ages all at the same time, including Medieval mercenaries, Tudor dancers, Elizabethan musketeers, Georgian gentlemen and soldiers of the World Wars! Join us in celebrating the fascinating history of the past few centuries.

History AgesGuided tours of the Hall will run throughout the day, which will reveal the remarkable secret priests' hides of the sixteenth century, many by the ingenious craftsman, Nicholas Owen. There will also be opportunity to view the Hall's rare Elizabethan wall paintings, which adorn many rooms throughout the house. The Moatside Tea Room, serving light lunches and homemade cakes, and the Hall's gift shop will also also be open from 11.30 until 5.00pm.


Please note that archery and musketry demonstrations are weather dependent.


For more information, please contact the Hall office on 01562 777846 or visit www.harvingtonhall.com

16 June
Classic Car Rally &
Weapons & Weaponry Through the Ages

29 - 30 June
Tudor Dancing in the Garden - National
Gardens Scheme Open Days

6 - 7 July
Regency Garden Party
During the afternoon, join us for a
Regency Garden Party, with music and dancing
in the Hall's peaceful gardens.

15 - 16 July
Outdoor Play:
A Midsummer Night's Dream

7 & 21 August
Knights & Princesses
Treat your very own Knights and Princesses
to a day of royal activity!

25 - 26 August
History Through the Ages
A festival of history from Agincourt
to the World Wars!

14 - 15 September
Attic Tours
Discover more hidden places behind the scenes!

26 -27 October
Elizabethan Living History
Our final full weekend of merriments, including
archery, musket fire, dancing, music and cookery of the Elizabethan era.

Elizabethan Dancing Garden 2ElizabethanMay Day 1

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