Mrs Hudson Recommends……..talks and walks

Walpole and I

Walpole and I

I adore Spring, but with unpredictably changeable weather, we must always have a range of indoor and outdoor activities on hand to keep ourselves occupied! This month, I am recommending a whole series of Talks and Walks. So there’s plenty to keep you busy, whether the sun is shining or we’re experiencing more of those April showers! Bluebell Watch has begun. Bluebells are a sure sign of the arrival of spring and there are opportunities to see gorgeous displays from now until mid May. Two of my favourite viewing spots are Basildon Park in Berkshire and Hartland Abbey in Devon.

Bluebell Walk at Hartland Abbey, Devon

Bluebell Walk at Hartland Abbey, Devon

If you’re after something exciting and new, treat yourself to an guided tour of Westonbirt House in Gloucestershire, followed by a leisurely stroll through 28 acres of formal and pleasure gardens. This will be the first season that the house and gardens open for tours, book your tour now! Bookish types looking for a unique experience should head for the Bodleian Library in Oxford to one of their extended ‘Upstairs Downstairs’ guided tours. The tour takes you to parts of the buildings only very recently opened to the public. You will also see the vaulted ceiling of the Divinity School and the famous Radcliffe Camera. A day out at Holkham Hall in Norfolk, is so much more than just a visit to an historic house. The estate encompasses acres of parkland, a beach and a nature reserve. Join the team at Holkham for a guided walk around the nature reserve and spot the many species of wildlife living on the landscape.

Spring at Compton Verney

Spring at Compton Verney

Compton Verney in Warwickshire is famous for its incredible art collection but also features stunning ‘Capability’ Brown landscaped Parkland. Join in with this trail of the grounds and search for birds, insects and animals in the beautiful grounds. Worcester Cathedral are celebrating and commemorating the 800th anniversary of King John sealing the magna carta in June 1215 with a series of events and talks. Book quickly to reserve your place on one of these historic talks. For Mums and Dads looking to enjoy the outdoors with little ones, Nostell Priory in Yorkshire is the place to be! Take the buggy through the Tranquil Gardens on even paths and finish your relaxed day with a cup of tea in the café. Pontefract Castle in West Yorkshire recently secured Heritage Lottery Fund investment to open up never-before-seen parts of the castle to the public. If you’re interested in the fascinating history of the castle, pop along to this evening talk for an introduction to its history and conservation. Abbot Hall Art Gallery is one of Kendal’s most important buildings containing a wonderful permanent collection plus an imaginative temporary exhibition programme. Join a member of the curatorial team for an informal look at the gallery or take a guided walk around the exhibitions.

Abbot Hall Art Gallery in the sunshine

Abbot Hall Art Gallery in the sunshine

Abbotsford in Roxburghshire is the home of Sir Walter Scott and much of the stunning gardens and landscape remain as they were when Sir Walter created them between 1811 and 1825. Explore this landscape on a late spring bird song and binoculars walk. If you have ever fancied a different view of Chirk Castle, join one of their monthly rambles around the castle’s parkland with one of the rangers. Each month the walk will take a different route and all are different lengths and difficulties. Phew! I do hope you find a Talk or Walk here to inspire you! Remember to let me know if you attend any, and tweet me your pictures, I do so love receiving them!

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Mrs Hudson recommends……..popping onto our events calendar

Walpole and I

Walpole and I

What wonderful weather we are experiencing! Now surely it’s time to get outdoors and find some beautiful places to visit. In fact, I’m doing so much visiting at the moment I’ve had no time to write a proper blog recently!

However, I imagine you’re all missing my recommendations hugely. So here’s one to keep you going; pop onto our events calendar here http://www.hudsonsheritage.com/Heritage-Events/default.aspx and have a gander at all the wonderful bits and pieces going on in the heritage world at the moment!

Have fun dears……and do remember to tweet me your pics @HudsonsHeritage

Mrs Hudson recommends…………………………a bank holiday bonanza

Walpole and I

Walpole and I

I’ve been so very busy lately I’m afraid I’ve neglected my recommendations somewhat. So here’s a lovely long quickfire list of suggestions for this bank holiday weekend. No excuses not to get out and about now my lovelies!!

Fancy a tipple? Clovelly are celebrating their local ales and ciders all bank holiday weekend.

Tips and tricks for the green fingered. Visit Helmingham Hall Garden’s Heritage Spring Plant Fair on Sunday.

Keep the kids entertained on a minibeast hunt at Holkham Hall  on Monday.

Crafts, antiques, food, entertainment and displays; something for everyone at Lamport Hall’s  festival of country life on Sunday and Monday.

Have some vintage family fun at Eastnor Castle  on Sunday and Monday with tea, jazz, garden games and Punch and Judy.

Shop for delicious food and crafty gifts at Weston Park’s Spring Food and Craft Fair on Monday.

Farmers market, vintage cars and tractors, finest Yorkshire farm produce- it’s all happening at Duncombe Park’s  Country Fair on Monday.

The Muncaster Festival  starts on Sunday and runs til Thursday. Daily shows, workshops, crafts and giant outdoor games- what more could you want?!

Well there’s my whistlestop tour of bank holiday recommendations. Don’t forget to let us know where you’ve been @HudsonsHeritage

 

Mrs Hudson Recommends

Walpole and I ready for the off!

Walpole and I ready for the off!

Last weekend in May; a chance to get out and about while Britain is at is verdant best. And, in my view, one of the best weekends for historic house and garden visiting, even the weather forecast is good for once.

Here’s where I might go, if I were you:

South West

Head for Clovelly Village in North Devon but don’t slip on those picturesque cobbled streets after joining the Celebration of Local Ales and Ciders.

Cobbled streets of Clovelly

Cobbled streets of Clovelly

South East

Arundel Castle in West Sussex will apparently be under siege all weekend; a great chance to help the defenders and see what medieval warfare was like and have a fun day out for all.

Stunning Arundel Castle

Stunning Arundel Castle

East of England

No question here: the Houghton Hall Horse Trials in Norfolk over this weekend give you chance not only for an exhilarating time watching the eventing but also to catch Houghton Revisited , the unmissable exhibition of paintings returned to the house this summer from the Hermitage in St Petersburg.

Houghton Hall Horse Trials

Houghton Hall Horse Trials

East Midlands

If you’ve a competitive streak, pick your champion from a group of fully armoured medieval knights at Bolsover Castle in Derbyshire for a noisy, fierce and thrilling 2 day tournament.

Clash of the Knights at Bolsover Castle!

Clash of the Knights at Bolsover Castle!

Heart of England

Vintage Eastnor is the name given to a weekend of all sorts of great traditional activities at Eastnor Castle in Herefordshire – admire working steam engines, row a boat across the castle lake and listen to live music.

See the steam engines at Vintage Eastnor

See the steam engines at Vintage Eastnor

Yorkshire

There’s a Medieval Faire at Harewood House in Leeds that promises battles, costumes (you can hire one there if you’ve lost your wimple), music, comedy, banqueting, crafts and pageantry plus the chance to explore the archaeological dig at Gawsthorpe Hall or the 14th century castle hidden in the grounds.

Don't forget your wimple!

Don’t forget your wimple!

North East

If Jane Austen appeals more than medieval maidens, then try the Regency Revival Weekend at Belsay Hall in Northumberland with dance, duelling, fencing and food as a herald to a display of the film and TV costumes from all the great film and TV versions of Austen’s books.

Regency Revival at Belsay Hall

Regency Revival at Belsay Hall

North West

The Muncaster Festival at Muncaster Castle in Cumbria has a style all its own with husky dog sled rides, chainsaw carving and wood turning demonstrations as well as archery and local food.

Join in the Jesting competition

Join in the Jesting competition

Scotland

Seeing the annual muster of the Atholl Highlanders – the last private liveried army in Europe – at Blair Castle in Perth and Kinross with a day of Highland Games to follow is something you’ll never quite forget and Scottish tradition at its best.

The Atholl Highlanders Parade

The Atholl Highlanders Parade

Wales

There’s a Really Wild Food Festival at St David’s Palace in Pembrokeshire; I bet there’ll be delicious fresh samphire there from the famous Pembrokeshire beaches but am sorry to say that my choice is made – you have to understand that my four legged friend Walpole has something to say about this – it’s the Dog Fun Day at Fonmon Castle on Monday 27th. The bags are packed, dog biscuits provided for the journey and we’re all set!

Have a fun bank holiday weekend!

Have a fun bank holiday weekend!

Hope your weekend is as much fun.

Doddington Hall is a gorgeous backdrop to this Snowdrop Walk

6 of the Best Snowdrop Walks

Here’s our pick of the six snowdrop walks across the country. So, grab your partner, the kids or the dog and take a stroll in the fresh air.

Dunham Massey, Cheshire
Deer Park Gardens open 11am-4pm daily. Guided walks available.

Forde Abbey, Dorset
10am-4pm throughout February

The delicate white flowers at Forde Abbey

The delicate white flowers at Forde Abbey

Rode Hall and Gardens, Cheshire
12pm-4pm daily 2nd February-10th March

Painswick Rococo Gardens, Gloucestershire
Daily from 11am-5pm

Doddington Hall, Lincolnshire
17th February onwards 11am-4pm

Doddington Hall is a gorgeous backdrop to this Snowdrop Walk

Snowdrops at Doddington Hall

Goodnestone Park Gardens, Kent
24th February-24th March

Which Snowdrop walk is your favourite? Don’t forget to send us your pictures!