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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.

 

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Melbourne Hall Gardens

      
Melbourne Derbyshire England
Description : 

The Gardens are now open again on the following afternoons. The Melbourne Hall Courtyard will also be open for permitted takeaway food and refreshments.

Opening times for Melbourne Hall and Gardens 2021

20th March – 31st October 2021

Wed, Sat, Sun and Bank Holidays Mondays

Mon, Tue, Thur & Fri - The Gardens 1pm–5pm Closed


August 2021

Please note: We hope to re open the Hall to visitors for guided tours in August 2021. Please keep an eye on our website, e-newsletter and social media for updates.

Every afternoon in August except first 3 Mondays
The Gardens 1pm–5pm
The Hall 2pm – last entry 4.15pm
Guided tours of the Hall operate Tuesdays – Thursdays.
Non guided tour days are mostly on Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays and Bank Holiday Mondays.

Following the Prime Minister's announcement we will be reopening in a way that complies with all government restrictions and guidelines.

Please pre-book your visit to the Gardens, if possible, by emailing or telephoning in advance. You can email Melbourne Hall Estate Office at [email protected] or call us on 01332 862502.

At this time, please only travel to Melbourne if you live locally. It won't be long until we can welcome visitors from further a field, we hope from March 29th.

Please also note that in line with the Government guidelines for zoos we will not be able to permit visitors into the animal paddock area until after April 12th, all being well.

Any changes to opening dates will appear here on the website, on social media and via our e-newsletter. To ensure you get your copy please complete the sign up form.

As the Hall is normally only open for one month of the year (August) and both entry and guided tours are very popular, please book in advance whenever possible to avoid disappointment.

Please call 01332 862502 or email [email protected] for more information.

Facilities and Access

At Melbourne Hall Gardens we have tried to make all areas accessible to wheelchairs, buggies and pedestrians. However, by the nature of the garden, there are some quite steep slopes and steps – although there is generally an alternative. Some paths are uneven due to tree roots and care needs to be taken. The gardeners are always happy to be of assistance whenever possible – do please ask if you require any assistance.

Public toilets are located in the Visitor Centre near the entrance to the gardens.

No dogs are allowed within the gardens except assistance dogs.

There is limited parking in Church Square and Castle Square.


 

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 [email protected] 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 : 

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Cromford Mills celebrates 250 years of Industrial Revolution by welcoming visitors back with a fantastic line up of summer events!

Nestled in the picturesque Derwent Valley, Cromford Mills was founded in 1771 by Sir Richard Arkwright in Cromford, Derbyshire. Arkwright and his mill rose to fame as it became the birthplace of the modern factory system and the first successful water-powered cotton spinning mill in the country.

Join us in this year of celebration as we also mark the 50th anniversary of the Arkwright Society and 20th anniversary of the Derwent Valley UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Celebrations kick off with a summer of exciting events! Enjoy artisan markets, antiques fairs, special weekend events, online talks and outdoor theatre. Stay up to date with the latest developments by visiting cromfordmills.org.uk

 

The Arkwright Society receives £717,400 lifeline grant from Government's £1.57bn Culture Recovery Fund

The Arkwright Society at Cromford Mills receives £250,000 of National Lottery support to help address the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on heritage

Sir Richard Arkwright's Cromford Mills has received £250,000 from The National Lottery Heritage Fund to help the Arkwright Society charity reopen the gates and welcome visitors back to the historically significant site in Cromford, Derbyshire.
Since the Covid-19 pandemic and lockdown began Cromford Mills has had to cancel over 70 events and furloughed most of the Arkwright Society employees. During the closure Cromford Mills took a significant financial hit without being able to generate income from ticket sales, events, shop and café purchases, educational visits and room hire. The site continued to be cared for by a few members of the team, looking after the mill buildings and performing essential business operations. Behind the scenes, there have been many hours spent exploring a way forward to ensure the site could survive the crisis and reopen in the future.
Simon Wallwork, Chief Executive of the Arkwright Society said: "Thanks to the National Lottery and its players for providing this critical funding, we can now get our team back onsite preparing for re-opening and making it safe to welcome back our visitors. We are looking forward to our visitors, volunteers and staff bringing the buzz back to Cromford Mills. We are grateful that The National Lottery Heritage Fund is supporting us at this crucial time – it's a lifeline to us and others who are passionate about sustaining heritage for the benefit of all."

The funding, made possible by National Lottery players, was awarded through The National Lottery Heritage Fund's Heritage Emergency Fund. £50million has been made available to provide emergency funding for those most in need across the heritage sector.
The UK-wide fund will address both immediate emergency actions and help organisations to start thinking about recovery.
Ros Kerslake, Chief Executive of The National Lottery Heritage Fund, said: "Heritage has an essential role to play in making communities better places to live, supporting economic regeneration and benefiting our personal wellbeing. All of these things are going to be even more important as we emerge from this current crisis.
"Thanks to money raised by National Lottery players we are pleased to be able to lend our support to organisations such as Cromford Mills during this uncertain time."
Like Cromford Mills, other charities and organisations across the UK that have been affected by the unprecedented impact of the coronavirus outbreak are being given access to a comprehensive package of support of up to £600 million of repurposed money from The National Lottery. This money is supporting some of the most vulnerable people in our communities and span the arts, community, charity, heritage, education, environment and sports sectors.

Cromford Mills lights up to support all the heroes helping to fight coronavirus.

Last night Cromford Mills joined thousands of families around the country who are taking part in the rainbow trail with their own rainbow light display. The Derbyshire heritage attraction projected a rainbow light display on one of their historic mill buildings and shared it with everyone on social media.

Simon Wallwork, Chief Executive of Cromford Mills said, "The rainbow trail is about spreading hope and uplifting people's spirits. We think it is important to say thank you to all those key workers and NHS staff who are working hard to protect us in these difficult times, as well as everyone who is staying home to save lives.'

Like many visitor attractions across the country, Cromford Mills has closed its gates to help stop the spread of COVID-19, cancelling 50 events to date and furloughing over 30 members of staff in the process. They now rely solely on social media to engage creatively with their visitors and are posting a range of light-hearted and informative content to try to keep spirits up. Conscious of their cancelled educational programme, they are also developing free online learning resources on their website for families. Follow the learning link on our website cromfordmills.org.uk to access learning from home, primary and secondary resources.

Founded in 1771, Cromford Mills is known as the birthplace of the factory system with the creation of Sir Richard Arkwright's first successful water powered cotton spinning mill, located within the Derwent Valley Mills World Heritage Site. As a globally significant part of Derbyshire's role in the Industrial Revolution, this site's future, like many other museums and heritage attractions is threatened by the current pandemic.

Cromford Mills have therefore launched a new fundraising campaign asking for Heritage Heroes to support them while they are closed. Hannah Steggles, Head of Heritage, explains: 'Cromford Mills was rescued from demolition in the 1970s by a group of determined volunteers who formed The Arkwright Society, our first Heritage Heroes. The Arkwright Society has looked after the site ever since and turned it into a thriving visitor attraction and small business hub. We are an independent educational charity and rely on the income from our ticket sales, car parking, cafés, office rentals and donations to preserve the site for future generations. Now more than ever, we need Heritage Heroes from all over the country to help us weather this storm.'

Simon Wallwork agrees, 'Every donation, however big or small, helps us keep this amazing place standing. Donating online or taking out an Arkwright Society Membership, goes a long way in supporting Cromford Mills. We are looking forward to welcoming back our visitors, volunteers and staff when the restrictions are lifted. I know all the volunteers and staff at the mill are eager to get back to site and continue planning our 250th anniversary celebrations for 2021."
Become a Heritage Hero today by following the donation or membership links on our website cromfordmills.org.uk

tours


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.

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Strutt's North Mill

      
Belper Derbyshire England
Description : 

What's Happening at the North Mill?

After suffering two major floods which inundated the basement of the North Mill in November last year and again in February, closely followed by the COVID-19 pandemic and lockdown just as we were completing the clean up, the Belper North Mill Trust can rightly claim that while some heritage sites have faced major challenges, our challenge has perhaps been somewhat greater.

Thanks to a tremendous effort from our team of volunteers we hope to be reopening later in August. All of our activities will follow government guidelines for COVID-19 safe working and be compliant with current government regulations.

A new 'inside / outside' guided tour has been designed by our very knowledgeable volunteer guides so that you can hear about - and see - the waterpower that once drove the cotton spinning mills of the Derwent Valley as well as the main highlights of our museum collections and the Belper story.

The tours will be given at set times and the number of visitors in each group will be limited to ensure social distancing. You are encouraged to book - and pay - online before coming to the museum. Further details will be available soon on our website and on wegottickets.com/belpernorthmill

We look forward to welcoming you as we reopen our doors. We will be working hard to keep everyone safe – and most importantly to make your visit enjoyable.

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.
PRICES: Adults £2.00 ENGLISH HERITAGE MEMBERS: Adults £2.0


ENGLISH HERITAGE MEMBERS: Free
WEBSITE: www.english-heritage.org.uk/peveril

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