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 and choose a region.

We love hearing from you when you’ve attended an event or visited an historic venue, we also love to see your photos. Tweet us @HudsonsHeritage  or find us on Facebook


Mrs Hudson recommends………………treating your Mum

Walpole and I

Walpole and I

If you’re looking for a special way to surprise your Mum this Mothering Sunday, look no further! Walpole and I have been doing our research and we’ve found some wonderful events to inspire you.

Make Mother’s Day memorable this year at Hever Castle in Kent. Take the whole family on Sunday 30th March, treat your Mum to a delicious 3 course lunch or afternoon tea at the Guthrie Pavilion in the Castle’s elegant Italian Gardens. Youngsters will be able to make a gift for Mum at the craft and cupcake decorating workshops.

Treat your Mum to an exquisite lunch on Mother’s Day at Weston Park. Served in the Victorian Orangery, the meal will be prepared by Head Chef at Weston Park, Guy Day. Finish your day with a stroll around the beautiful formal gardens.

Comtpon Verney Art Gallery is celebrating Mother’s Day this year by offering free admission to Mothers and Grandmothers all day on Sunday 30th March. Compton Verney is home to six diverse collections, plus a children’s adventure playground, nature trails and there are plenty of indoor activities in the resource and discovery rooms. There’s something for all the family!

Make sure Mum feels like a Queen this Mother’s Day, at Bolton Castle in Yorkshire. Book a Special Afternoon Tea at the Castle and indulge in sumptuous sandwiches and scones. Ooh gosh, I’m getting hungry just thinking about it!

Spend some quality time with your Mum at Gibside. Take a Springtime walk through the Georgian landscape garden or go looking for wildlife in the woods. Stop for a tasty cream tea in the Potting Shed Cafe and visit Gibside’s resident artists at the stables where you can make a special gift for Mum.

Remember a simpler time this year and make your Mum a posy with colourful Spring flowers at Glendurgan Gardens in Cornwall. Wander through the garden, to the beautiful hamlet of Durgan, watch birds and boats, skim stones and build sandcastles. Full of fun, natural beauty and amazing plants, take in the stunning surrounding, relax and unwind.

Which will you pick? Tweet us @hudsonsheritage and let us know how you plan to treat your Mum this Mothering Sunday.