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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 : 

Something lovely to look forward to ...

❄️Melbourne Hall and Gardens Special Winter Opening 2020 ❄️
A very traditional start to the New Year


Sunday 5 January, 11am-3pm


Melbourne Hall is situated in a pretty market town in the heart of the Midlands,
within easy reach of Birmingham, Nottingham, Leicester, Derby and Stafford.


Walk to the Carriage Circle beside the Pool where you will be greeted at the Hall entrance and welcomed into the Billiard Room with it's splendid Christmas tree. There you will be offered a complimentary glass of mulled wine and a mince pie.


Enjoy seasonal music from our guest String Quartet, a preview tour of the lower Hall, then wander through the historic gardens at your leisure.
Chestnuts will be roasting on the brazier and can be purchased to nibble as you go.


Stroll around the Great Basin and admire the artistry of Robert Bakewell's wrought iron Birdcage, watch the wildfowl on the water and visit 'Animal Magic' in the paddocks to meet a mix of alpacas, miniature horses and many rare breed farm animals.


Leave by the garden gate and you will find the Melbourne Hall Tearooms open where you can purchase further warming refreshments which you can enjoy by the log fire.


Tickets will be available to purchase on arrival or in advance from the Estate Office. Send a cheque marked clearly with your name and address for tickets to be sent to. Or ask for a gift card for a very special present at no extra charge. ❄️


Email info@melbournehall.com for BACS details or telephone 01332 862502 .
Melbourne Hall Estate Office, Church Square, Melbourne, Derby, DE73 8EN


Adults – £10
Children under 12 – Free entry (accompanied by adults)
Please note: Sorry no refunds. Dogs are not allowed within the grounds or house.
Melbourne Hall Gardens is an RHS Partner garden
Photography by Andrea Jones.

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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. 

Beyond the Mill Walls: Rejuvenating Smelting Mill Green
IMG 5868Cromford Mills is delighted to announce that we have been awarded funding from Postcode Local Trust, a grant-giving charity funded entirely by players of People's Postcode Lottery, towards its latest exciting project.
The Beyond the Mill Walls: Rejuvenating Smelting Mill Green initiative, will improve the meadow area alongside the river at Cromford Mills (part of the Derwent Valley Mills World Heritage Site), encouraging local people & visiting tourists alike to get active and explore the rich wildlife & industrial heritage of the riverside.
The Project has got off to a good start with benches and picnic tables being built and installed by Bolsover Woodland Enterprise, a social enterprise group working with people with learning disabilities. The benches have proved an instant success as they were used by visitors within minutes of being installed on site!
As part of the Beyond the Mill Walls Project the Arkwright Society has established a group of Conservation Volunteers, who will be working once a month to manage the area for wildlife and to introduce some of the improvements that are being made in the area. The group has met a couple of times and have already mowed in picnic spots in the meadow and installed a story-telling area for children.
Later in the year chainsaw sculptures will be installed that reflect both the wildlife and the history of the smelting mill community that were once present on this part of the river Derwent, and the volunteers will be working with local school children to weave a living willow cottage. Our plans also include natural play areas for children and natural shrub woven play tunnels reflecting the culverted brook flowing from Cromford Mills to the river.
For further details please visit www.cromfordmills.org.uk or phone 01629 823256.

Christoper and Doreen speakers for talkDiscover the story of Matlock Bath with a special evening talk at Cromford Mills:
Matlock Bath Voices from the Past

The Arkwright Society launches its annual programme of Evening Talks at Cromford Mills on Tuesday 18 February with a special evening hosted by two Derbyshire authors. After the success of their book, 'Matlock Bath a perfectly romantic place' authors Christopher Charlton and Doreen Buxton will be presenting a picturesque look back in time as they tell the story of Matlock Bath through voices from its past in this fascinating evening.
Throughout the centuries visitors to Matlock Bath, its residents and its leaders have left their own thoughts and opinions in letters, diaries, newspapers and books. They vividly reflect the issues and attitudes which shaped the development of the village during the 18th, 19th and 20th centuries.
Christopher Charlton and Doreen Buxton will use their research to present Matlock Bath's story in a novel way, through the voices of the people who saw it all happen. The visitors who took the waters, who recorded their thoughts on seeing High Tor for the first time, or witnessed the first trains to Matlock Bath station brining hordes of day trippers; or those who revelled in the self-satisfaction of the opening of the first pavilion which, we know, with the benefit of hindsight, was destined to fail. The readings will be illustrated with rare views of Matlock Bath's past from prints, paintings and photographs alongside an explanatory commentary.

Speaking of the evening of readings, Christopher Charlton said, "However we may polish our prose and try to imagine the past nothing equals the vitality and freshness of the eyewitness account, the voice of the person who saw it happen. These readings tell the story of Matlock Bath through the eyes and in the voices of such people, people who were actually there. Think of it as Matlock Bath's autobiography!"

The evening talk is in the Gothic Warehouse at Cromford Mills on Tuesday 18 February at 7pm. The talk will last 2 hours and include an interval where refreshments will be served. Tickets cost £8 (including refreshments).

Places are limited and advanced booking is recommended. For more information or to book online please visit www.cromfordmills.org.uk/events/talk-matlock-bath-voices-past or ring 01629 823256 or email events@arkwrightsociety.org.uk

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Strutt's North Mill

Belper Derbyshire England
Description : 

Belper 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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