Mrs Hudson Recommends………….more and more to do in May!

Walpole and I

Walpole and I

Gosh, what a wonderful month for heritage activity! There is so much to do and see in the UK’s beautiful castles, country houses and stately homes that I’ve had to write my recommendations over 2 blogposts! Wonderful!

Knebworth House has a plethora of exciting things happening in May, including a ghost tour and bat walk, Dino Day and a Mini and VW Car Show. Quite literally something for everyone!

Oxburgh Hall are running an architecture exhibition starting this month. You can learn all about the architectural history of the hall during your visit.

If you love Chamber Music then book your tickets for Holkham Hall’s concert on 10th May now! The Gould Piano trio will be performing in the Marble Hall and your ticket price includes a glass of wine served in the Saloon in the interval plus the opportunity to view some rooms in the Hall.

Hylands House have a packed programme this month. From creative jewellery making and creating enamel stencils to wedding preview days and the opportunity to experience a day in the life of a horse logger, this really is the place to be for fun, new and eclectic events!

Compton Verney are opening late on 16th May for you to see Moore Rodin. Join the curators tour of the exhibiton, stroll around the grounds and join the campfire fun in the woods.

Kiplin Hall and Fairfax House are also taking part in Museums At Night and opening their doors til late for you to explore and enjoy special and enjoy special candlelit performances.

Foutains Abbey and Studley Royal are offering the chance to travel back in time and unlock the secrets of a hidden herb garden and discover more about their herbal heritage.

Go pond dipping at Hopetoun House. A fun, family session during which children can learn all about frogs and toads and other beasties that live in Hopetoun Pond.

Phew! I need a sit down! Believe it or not, this is only a selection of what the heritage world has to offer this month, if you need more inspiration, go to http://www.hudsonsheritage.com/Heritage-Events/default.aspx and choose a region.

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Mrs Hudson Recommends…………………..May (as the month to go and do everything)

Walpole and I

Walpole and I

April showers bring forth May flowers, and special events, and music festivals and craft fairs and so so much more (that’s not quite how the original goes!) The heritage world has so much to offer this month, Walpole and I can’t work out where to begin!

This is a wonderful opportunity to view the private gardens at Holkham Hall which are normally closed to the public. See the spectacular aboretum with its many rare and specimen trees as well as new foliage emerging on the acers. Led by Deputy Landscape Manager, Jonathan Taylor, there are 3 tours on 18th May at 11am, 1pm and 3pm.

Plants and Crafts- something for all the family! Belmont House will be running a plant and craft fair all weekend on 4th and 5th May. Take a moment to look for the perfect gift, sample some locally produced food or select a beautiful plant from their specialist nurseries.

 Love arts and crafts? The head for Lamport Hall use this opportunity to pick up some fantastic unique handcrafted products and treats on 4th and 5th May.

Join Haddon Hall for a musical spectacular on 19th May. The Haddon Hall Festival Orchestra will lead the way through the Proms in the Garden, so sit back relax and unwind to your favourites.

 Love a festival with a werid name?! Then you need to be at Bearded Theory festival at Catton Hall. The Midlands largest performing and creative arts festival takes place 23rd-25th May

What more could you want on a warm sunny May weekend than a cider celebration?! Clovelly Village are celebrating their local ciders and ales on 24th, 25th and 26th May. Pop along, raise a glass, and enjoy some musical entertainment too!

 The Muncaster Festival runs for 5 days from 25th to 29th May and takes place on the front lawn outside the castle, offering something for all the family. The festival boasts circus skills workshops, face painting, archery, and an Interntational Jesters Tournament – I can hardly wait!

We love a birthday party! And so do Compton Verney. On 5th May, they’re celebrating the 10th anniversary of opening their doors to the public. Games, music and arty activities are on offer to celebrate the last decade.

My word, what an exciting month! Let us know if you make it to these events, we’d love to know what you’re up to! Remember to tweet us @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.