Mrs Hudson recommends….. New Year Events

Walpole and I

Walpole and I

After a decadent Christmas, Walpole and I are sticking to our New Year’s resolution to seek out and enjoy the best events at some of our favourite Hudson’s properties for the beginning of the 2014.

Petworth House have opened their new exhibition ‘Constable at Petworth’ which runs until 24th March. Most of the paintings on display were executed by John Constable during his two visits to Petworth House in 1834. After the sell out success of their Turner’s Sussex exhibition in 2013, I think we can expect great things of ‘Constable at Petworth’. Booking is essential, so plan your visit quickly!

The 7th of February brings us the Mayor’s Charity Ball at Strawberry Hill House. The Mayor of the London Borough of Richmond Upon Thames is throwing the 2014 ball in aid of Home Start Richmond and The Avenue Club, Kew. Ticket prices include a three course meal with wine and dancing, now where are my dancing shoes?

Lovers of Mr Darcy should head to Lyme Park Park this month to experience two very special Pride and Prejudice themed events. The exterior of the hall was used as a Pemberley, in the BBC adaptation of Jane Austen’s novel. ‘The Only Way is Pemberley’ is Lyme Park’s Winter exhibition, running until 16th February 2014 and celebrates the 200th anniversary of the publicaton of Pride and Prejudice.

Then, on the 26th January Wickham’s regiment returns to Pemberley in a spectacular display at Lyme Park, so we will march down to meet the officers.           

Ever wondered what life was like in Tudor England? Head to Bolton Castle on 15th and 16th February and step back in time! Experience Tudor cookery, weapon drills herbal medicine, crafts and games.  Sadly Walpole cannnot join me this time, dogs won’t be allowed in the castle and grounds due to the Falconry experience (which sounds very exciting!).

February is snowdrop season, pop along to Burton Agnes Hall, in Yorkshire, between 8th February and 2nd March and wander through a wonderful blanket of snowdrops on the woodland walk

If you’re taking a break in Devon, Hartland Abbey’s Snowdrop Sundays are well worth a visit. Visit on 9th or 16th February between 11am and 4pm, and experience the stunning snowdrops.

Finally Deene Park, in Northamptonshire, is opening its gardens on 17th and 24th February, from 11am-4pm for Snowdrop Sundays. Stroll along and take in the sights.

Gosh, I’m quite exhausted, what a selection! Walpole needs a quick lie down and then we’re off!

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