Haddon Hall, one of England’s most elegant and timeless stately homes, will reopen its doors to welcome the general public on Saturday 24 March 2018, giving visitors the chance to once again immerse themselves in 900 years of history, art and craftsmanship, along with the opportunity to stroll around the magnificent cascading Tudor gardens, enjoying uninterrupted views of the Peak District.
Haddon Hall has been welcoming guests for centuries, always enchanting visitors with its beauty and atmosphere. Now home to Lord and Lady Edward Manners, Haddon Hall showcases the finest in Tudor and Elizabethan architecture, allowing visitors to marvel at the rare 15th Century frescoes in the Chapel, gaze at the intricate surviving tapestries, and admire the sea of roses concealing the limestone walls.
Haddon has become the choice location for many film-makers, playing host to no less than three versions of ‘Jane Eyre’, it became Prince Humperdinck’s Castle in cult movie The Princess Bride and was also used in ‘Elizabeth’, ‘Pride & Prejudice’, ‘The Other Boleyn Girl’ and BBC series ‘Gunpowder’ with stars such as Dame Judi Dench, Colin Firth, Keira Knightley, Liv Tyler and Kit Harrington all filming at Haddon Hall over the last few decades.
The 2018 season at Haddon Hall promises something for everyone, including free guided tours of the Hall and gardens, a lively programme of musical recitals and plenty of family friendly activity.
With four days of family friendly events, Haddon Hall will play host to age-old archery in the Chapel Fields, an Easter Egg Hunt, face painting, music and much more to enjoy.
Buxton International Festival Musical Evening Event – 16th May.
Haddon Hall will be the setting for a recital by a string quintet from the Northern Chamber Orchestra. There will be a drinks reception, with canapes to be enjoyed in the Banqueting Hall before heading to the Long Gallery for the music. Guests will also have the opportunity to explore the Rose Garden and the Hall’s grounds with a glass of bubbly during the intermission.
Tickets for this event are priced at £50pp.
Free Guided tours of the Hall and Gardens – various dates from March-October.
Free Guided Tours of the Hall and its glorious gardens. These run at regular intervals throughout the day, with an experienced guide educating visitors about the legends of old and sharing secrets the Hall has kept over centuries.
Archery – various dates from May-August.
During Haddon Hall’s heyday, it was law that every able man over 24 years old should be able to shoot a target at 220 yards. With advice from Haddon’s master bowman, have a go at hitting the target in the chapel fields.
General admission price plus £2.50 for a set of three arrows. Open to all ages and abilities.
Free Guided Walks on the Haddon Estate – May 3rd, June 7th, July 12th, August 17th and September 29th.
Join a knowledgeable guide on a walk through Haddon’s ancient parkland. Learn about the river, the ancient trees and the history of the area, perhaps meeting the Longhorn cattle and rare breed sheep along the way. There is often a plethora of wildlife to see.
Booking is essential.
Summer Music Recitals – various dates from May-August.
Music recitals have become an integral part of Haddon Hall’s events calendar. Performed within the Hall itself, the music is both moving and elegant, set against a glorious backdrop, and enjoyed at leisure. Performances run twice a day at 12pm and 2pm.
Summer Artisan Market – July 27th, 28th and 29th.
Haddon Hall once again welcomes the finest local makers and artisans to their twice-yearly Artisan Market. Stalls will be situated along Haddon’s driveway, the Gardener’s Cottage and the beautiful surrounds of the wildflower meadow and Chapel Field, always showcasing a rich and varied array of produce.
For those only wishing to visit the market, tickets are priced at £5.50.
Sir John Savile’s Household & The Beaufort Companye – August 11th.
Bringing history to life, Sir John Savile’s Household recreates the life of a gentry household during the War of the Roses. Learn a craft from the Middle Ages, watch and learn about firepower in the 15th Century and watch and enjoy some medieval dancing and a soldiers drill.
Halloween activity – October 19th-31st.
During Half Term, guests will have the opportunity to participate in craft in the kitchens or find a friendly witch to sit beside, whilst enjoying a spooky sorcerer’s tale. On the evenings of the 25th, 29th, 30th and 31st, intriguing Halloween Evening Tours will take place, exploring the pagan roots of Halloween and the superstitions of the English Medieval society.
The evening tours are priced at £27.50, which includes a Halloween cocktail and treat.
Haddon receives visits from hundreds of families every year and this year, for the first time, children will be admitted for free. With a plethora of family friendly activity and the opportunity to see nine centuries of history come to life, Haddon is the ideal destination for a day out with the family.
In addition to the events, visitors to Haddon Hall can also enjoy brunch, lunch and delicious afternoon teas in the restaurant, and have the opportunity to browse a range of souvenirs, books, plants and artisan creation in the gift shop.
Also set within the Haddon Hall estate, The Peacock at Rowsley is a boutique Grade II listed hotel, offering 15 uniquely styled classic bedrooms, a three AA Rosette restaurant and a wonderfully atmospheric bar, which is home to a roaring open fire, excellent bar menu and cocktail list, perfect for overnight stays or weekends away.
All events are included within the general admission price unless otherwise stated.
Haddon Hall admission prices:
Children under 15 FREE
Car Parking £3.00 per car
For more information or to book tickets online, visit www.haddonhall.co.uk.
Haddon Hall, The Estate Office, Bakewell, DE45 1LA. 01629 812855
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