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Haddon Hall

Bakewell Derbyshire England
Description : 

Haddon Hall has been welcoming guests for hundreds of years, always enchanting visitors with its beauty and atmosphere.

Home to Lord and Lady Edward Manners, Haddon Hall is one of England's most elegant and timeless stately homes, and a magnificent example of a fortified manor house. Enjoying fine Tudor and Elizabethan architecture, visitors to the Hall can experience the grandeur on display, marvel at the rare 15th Century frescoes in the Chapel, be enthralled by the surviving tapestries adorning the walls and savour the plethora of roses which blanket the limestone walls in a sonnet of pale pinks and whites.

From the exquisite Long Gallery, to the magnificent Great Hall and the medieval Chapel, with its beautifully carved alabaster retablo, Haddon Hall has been the choice of many film directors, with three productions of Jane Eyre, The Princess Bride and BBC's Gunpowder filmed on site, to name but a few.
Haddon Hall is also licensed to hold civil ceremonies in two of its most magnificent rooms, The Tudor panelled Parlour and the Elizabethan Long Gallery, as well as within the walled gardens in the Garden Pavilion.

Visitors and tour groups can immerse themselves in centuries of history, art and craftsmanship, and stroll around the Hall's magnificent cascading gardens, designed by award-winning garden designer Arne Maynard.

Each year, Haddon Hall boasts a list of events to entertain all ages, some returning year-on-year because of great popularity, some special events only occurring once.

Guided walks can be enjoyed on various dates over the year and at various intervals throughout the day, for free.

The Hall also has a restaurant, selling hot drinks, sandwiches and sweet treats.

Open from 10:30am-5pm, admission to the Hall is set at £16.75 for adults, £15.75 for concessions, £13.50 for students and free for children. Discount is available for groups, and tickets for events can be purchased on the website, please go to www.haddonhall.co.uk for more information.
Free Guided Tours of the Hall and/or Gardens are included in your admission ticket.

Free Guided Walk through the Estate – no charge payable but this does not give access to the Hall and Gardens.

2019 Events


5th – 7th                  Spring Artisan Market
12th                         First Day of Summer Season
15th                         Free Guided Tour of the Hall for individuals
19th – 22nd             Easter Weekend – Music, Archery Easter Egg Hunt, Face Paintng and much more.
22nd                        Free Guided Tour of the Gardens for individuals
29th                         Free Guided Tour of the Hall for individuals


2nd                          Free Guided Walk through the Estate for individuals
6th                           Free Guided Tour of the Hall for individuals

11th – 12th              John Savile's Household and The Beaufort Companye
18th-19th                 Hall Closed for a private event
20th                         Free Guided Tour of the Gardens for individuals
25th – 27th              Archery
27th                         Free Guided Tour of the Hall for individuals


3rd                           Free Guided Tour of the Gardens for individuals
5th – 9th                  Free Guided Tour of the Gardens for individuals
6th                           Free Guided Walk through the Estate for individuals
10th                         Free Guided Tour of the Hall for individuals
15th – 16th              Archery
17th                         Free Guided Tour of the Gardens for individuals
24th                         Free Guided tour of the Hall and Gardens for individuals
30th                         Plant Fair


1st                           Free Guided Tour of the Hall for individuals
8th                           Free Guided Tour of the Gardens for individuals
11th                         Free Guided Walk through the Estate for individuals
15th                         Free Guided Tour of the Hall for individuals
22nd                        Free Guided tour of the Hall and Gardens for individuals
26th – 28th              Archery
26th – 28th              Summer Artisan Market
29th                         Free Guided Tour of the Hall for individuals


5th                           Free Guided Tour of the Gardens for individuals
12th                         Free Guided Tour of the Hall for individuals
15th                         Free Guided Walk through the Estate for individuals
19th                         Free Guided Tour of the Gardens for individuals
24th – 26th              Archery
26th                         Free Guided tour of the Hall and Gardens for individuals


2nd                          Free Guided Tour of the Gardens for individuals
6th – 30th                Oak Matters Exhibition
9th                           Free Guided Tour of the Hall for individuals
16th                         Free Guided Tour of the Gardens for individuals
23rd                         Free Guided tour of the Hall and Gardens for individuals
26th                         Free Guided Walk through the Estate for individuals
30th                         Free Guided Tour of the Hall for individuals


7th                           Free Guided Tour of the Hall for individuals
14th                         Free Guided Tour of the Gardens for individuals
19th – 31st              Halloween Half Term Week (tbc)
21st                         Free Guided Tour of the Hall for individuals
28th                         Free Guided Tour of the Gardens for individuals
29th, 30th, 31st       Halloween Evening tours – An unusual and intriguing evening tour which explores the
                                Pagan roots of Halloween and the superstitions of English Medieval Society.
                                £27.50 including a Halloween cocktail.


13th                        VIP Christmas Artisan Shopping Event  - 6.00pm to 8.00pm – Invitation Event
14th – 17th             Christmas Artisan Market - held inside Haddon Hall daily from 10.30am – 5.00pm


1st to 23rd              Christmas at Haddon Hall
5th – 7th                 Christmas Evening Candlelight Tours - Pre-booking only
13th – 14th             Christmas Evening Candlelight Tours - Pre-booking only
16th – 19th             Christmas Evening Candlelight Tours - Pre-booking only

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Melbourne Hall Gardens

Melbourne Derbyshire England
Description : 

Melbourne Hall Gardens are open from Apr - Sept on Weds, Sat, Sun and Bank Holiday Mondays from 1.30-5.30 and every afternoon in August from 2pm - 5pm when the Hall is open (except for the first three Mondays in August).

Melbourne Hall Gardens with its broad sweeps of lawn, avenues and unexpected vistas is one of the best known formal gardens in the country and is the best surviving early 18th century English garden in the manner of le Notre.

It was laid out by Rt. Hon Thomas Coke, Vice Chamberlain to Queen Anne, with help from the garden landscape designers George London and Henry Wise in the formal style. It is noted for its long tunnel of Yew, its wrought iron pagoda created by Robert Bakewell and its statuary by Jan van Nost, notably the Four seasons monument, a gift from Queen Anne.

Lord Ralph Kerr took over running the Melbourne estate in 1987. His wife Lady Ralph Kerr is a painter of both portraits and landscapes. Since taking on the garden she has embarked on an extensive programme of restoration and planting within the original layout, and garnered praise from right across the British gardening community. Her eye for colour and detail means that the Melbourne garden is a haven of delightful and unusual specimen trees, shrubs and herbaceous borders.

Melbourne Hall itself has a well-documented history and has been the home to two Prime Ministers, Lord Melbourne (Queen Victoria's friend and confidant) and Lord Palmerston.

As William Lamb, Lord Melbourne's wife the celebrated Lady Caroline Lamb spent time at the hall.

Melbourne Hall remains a lived-in family home, accounting for its warm and welcoming atmosphere.


Images © Andrea Jones

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Arkwright's Cromford Mill

Cromford Derbyshire England
Description : 

Visit Cromford Mills for a complete day out, the start of your journey exploring the Derwent Valley Mills World Heritage Site.

Cromford Mills, steeped in history and hidden within the scenic Derwent Valley. Explore the natural and historic environment that shaped the world we live in today.

Cromford Mills is the home of Sir Richard Arkwright's first water powered cotton spinning mill, birthplace of the modern factory system and internationally recognized as a UNESCO
World Heritage Site.

Come and walk through the Mill Yard, following in the footsteps of thousands of mill workers from the 1770s. Meet Sir Richard Arkwright himself in the fascinating 'Arkwright Experience' where the English entrepreneur comes to life in his first mill building. Learn about Arkwright's revolutionary techniques, wealth and espionage in our Visitor Centre; then dig deeper into history by going on a guided or audio tour.

Our volunteer tour guides will bring the site to life with their passion and knowledge revealing the secrets behind the mill walls. Hear about what it was like to work in Cromford Mills, what made the mills significant to the Industrial Revolution and the connection to Cromford Village.

During your visit you can also enjoy a walk along the river bank of the River Derwent and then head over to Cromford Canal to take in the diverse wildlife.

Finish your visit with a cup of tea and a slice of cake in one of our two cafes on site, Wheatcroft's Wharf Café by the canal or Arkwright's Café in the Mill Yard. Both cafés serve delicious homemade food, made with locally sourced ingredients.

Don't forget to stop in our shops around the Mill for a unique gift or souvenir before you head home. Cromford Mill is open every day of the year except Christmas Day and don't forget... KIDS GO FREE and DOGS ARE WELCOME!!!

Check out our website or follow us on facebook to find out more about our exciting annual events programme!

Cromford Mills are part of the Derwent
Valley Mills World Heritage Site. 

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Cromford Mills will be offering a chance to delve deeper into tales of Georgian life during an array of events during the 25th Anniversary of Heritage Open Days. This year's theme for Heritage Open Days is 'People Power – then, now, always', and from Friday 13th to Sunday 15th of September the guide team at Cromford will be leading a series of fascinating talks or walks, all for free!

On Friday 13 September at 1.30pm the subject of women in the workforce will be brought to the forefront during the aptly named talk, 'Girl Power – Women in the Mills'. Women and children made up the majority of the mill workforce, and this talk explores what life was like for them in this newly mechanised industry which brought them together as workers for the first time. Our guide discusses working life for women in industry during the 18th century and their changing place in society.

On Saturday 14 September come along to the historic walk around Cromford Village, led by the Georgian Mill Manager, Mr Clack. Leaving from the mill at 11.30am, step back in time and learn all about law, order and industrial espionage during Georgian times, and just how strict life was working at the mills. What happened if you broke the law in the 18th century, or even broke one of the rules working at the mill? Did the punishment always fit the crime? Discover this and more on the 'Rule and Riot Tour'.

Life in Georgian England is revisited in words and music on Sunday 15 September at 11am during a performance of, 'Mills in Literature and Song'. This interpretation of mill life is told through a selection of extracts from literature and song. The musical talk includes literary tales of clashes between mill owners and their workers, as expressed in novels by Charlotte Bronte and Elizabeth Gaskell, amongst others. Our guide also performs songs and poems written by mill workers, bringing to life the voices of the working class. This fascinating insight reveals how life was viewed by these storytellers, and by the workers themselves embroiled in the factory system.

All of these talks and walks are free as part of the annual Heritage Open Days events. As they are free, booking is recommended to secure a place. To book please ring 01629 823256 or email us at events@arkwrightsociety.org.uk . Places are limited to 4 tickets per person.

Heritage Open Days at Cromford Mills
Friday 13 September, 1.30pm – 3pm – 'Girl Power – Women in the Mills'.
Saturday 14 September, 11.30am – 1pm – 'Rule and Riot Tour'.
Sunday 15 September, 11am – 12pm – 'Mills in Literature and Song'.

For further details please visit www.cromfordmills.org.uk or phone 01629 823256.

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Strutt's North Mill

Belper Derbyshire England
Description : 

derby n mill 2017Belper stands at the heart of the Derwent Valley, which played a significant part in the Industrial Revolution.  The Derwent Valley Visitor Centre in Strutt's North Mill was set up to open a window on the history of the mills, cotton spinning and the town itself.

The Strutt family's association with Belper began with industrialist Jedediah. He had transformed the hosiery business with his invention of the Derby Rib, which allowed ribbed, that is stretchable, stocking fabric to be made on a hand-worked knitting frame. It was his realisation that high quality thread was needed for good hose which led him in 1776 to begin building cotton mills at Belper.
Jedediah and his sons went on to build more mills at Belper, although some have now been demolished. Built in 1804, the North Mill was built by Jedediah's son William, and was the forerunner of the modern skyscraper, and the most advanced industrial building of its time. The frame of the building is made entirely of cast iron. Now, trained guides are available to explain the construction of the building and the historic cotton spinning machinery it contains, or alternatively visitors are able to explore the Museum on their own.
To encourage families to move into Belper and work in their mills, the Strutts built high quality housing for their workers, and this is still to be seen today. The Strutts were benefactors to Belper for two centuries - one legacy to the town was the River Gardens, given by George Herbert Strutt in 1906, a water garden by the Derwent which still features band concerts on advertised summer Sundays.
The importance of the Belper mills and their historic industrial neighbours at Cromford, Darley Abbey and Derby was reflected by the World Heritage Site status given to the Derwent Valley Mills in 2001. Telephone the Derwent Valley Visitor Centre at Strutt's North Mill on 01773 880474 for details.
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Peveril Castle

Castleton Derbyshire
Description : 

derby peveril1Guided Tours of Peveril Castle
DATE: Every Friday in July
TIME: 11am
WHERE: Peveril Castle, Market Place, Castleton, Derbyshire, S33 8WQ
Join us for a guided tour of Peveril Castle as we explore the fascinating history of the one of England's earliest Norman fortresses. Built by Henry II in 1176, discover more about Norman life and the castle's role in Castleton and beyond. Dates of the tours - Fri 7, 14, 21 and 28 July.

WEBSITE: www.english-heritage.org.uk/peveril

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