1. Haddon In Full Bloom

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    We have some wonderfully floral events for guests to enjoy during May and June.

    Our Flowers of Haddon Hall exhibition is now open until 31st July, exploring the floral representations and their symbolic significance within their historic, religious, political and social context throughout the hall. A beautifully intricate display, this exhibition is included in our general admission prices.

    For our horticulturally minded guests, we are delighted to be hosting an evening with Chelsea Gold Award Winning Gardener, Arne Maynard. Join us for a botanical cocktail in the gardens followed by a presentation from Arne looking at his design philosophy in the regeneration of Haddon’s gardens. You can find more details about this exclusive event here.

    We look forward to welcoming you to the Hall and gardens.

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    > book your place on a free guided walk

  2. Meet Mr Rochester

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    In April and June this year Haddon Hall will play host to live promenade performances of Jane Eyre.

    With matinee performances in April and special gala performances in June, Haddon will once again play the part of Thornfield Hall as the relationship between Jane and her Byronic employer takes shape.

    Mr Rochester will be played by Alastair Massey.

    After beginning his professional acting career at the age of thirteen when he appeared in Carlton Televisions hugely successful medical drama series Peak Practice, Alastair entered the Folk music arena, gigging frequently with John Tams, Coope Boyes and Simpson and Emily and Colin Baines.

    He trained at the prestigious Manchester Metropolitan School of Theatre, graduating in 2007.

    Since graduating he has had the good fortune to play lead roles in such theatrical productions for The Capitol Theatre, Manchester as Hamlet, Pride and Prejudice, Macbeth, Robin Hood, Journey’s End, Look Back In Anger, Arcadia, Rosencrantz & Guildenstern Are Dead, Kidnapped and The Three Musketeers.

    As well as understudying and playing lead roles in the Cameron Macintosh Ltd. musicals The Phantom of the Opera, Les Misérables, and Miss Saigon. And Jekyll & Hyde and Sweeney Todd at the Lace Market Theatre, Nottingham.

    His work in Television and Film includes Carlton Televisions Peak Practice, Roots Mccarrot for Sam Jordon Productions, Gladstone’s Value for Peverill Productions Ltd and Shot at Dawn, Connections and A Remote Possibility, all for Hannah Edwards Productions.

    Alastair is incredibly honoured and excited to be playing Mr Rochester in Jane Eyre at Haddon Hall.

    > find out more and book tickets here


  3. Signs of Spring

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    Haddon Hall will reopen for the Spring season on Saturday 8th April.

    Possibly the most beautiful time of the year at Haddon, Spring heralds the blooming of flowers, crisp mornings and hazy afternoons. A highlight for this year will be our Easter exhibition and family-friendly Easter weekend featuring archery, an Easter egg hunt and Easter eggs created by Bakewell’s renowned artisan chocolatier, Holdsworth.

    The Summer months will hold their own delights, including an evening with Chelsea Gold Award Winning Gardener, Arne Maynard, gala performances of Jane Eyre and the Summer artisan market.

    We look forward to welcoming you to the Hall and gardens for another year.

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  4. Easter at Haddon Hall

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    With four days of family friendly events and exhibitions, Haddon Hall is the ideal place to spend the Easter weekend.

    Situated in the heart of the Peak District, Haddon Hall will play host to age-old archery in the chapel fields, an Easter egg hunt hosted by the Easter Bunny and an exhibition delving into the traditions and rituals of this historic festival.

    Awash with spring flowers, Easter eggs inspired by the interiors at Haddon will be displayed around the Hall, created by Bakewell’s renowned artisan chocolatier, Holdsworth.

    From April 8th until May 1st, there will be opportunity to learn about the origins and customs of the Easter festival in Haddon’s Easter Exhibition, exploring traditions from Lent to Maundy money, Haddon’s hares to Easter bunnies, Simnel cakes, hot cross buns and many more. Absorb the intricate 15th Century carvings in Haddon’s Nottingham Alabaster reredos, which depicts the Passion and Resurrection of Christ as told in the Gospels.

    On Saturday, April 15th at 12pm in the Long Gallery, author Dr Patrick Harding will examine the fascinating history and folklore of the Easter Festival.

    From April 14th – 17th, visitors can learn the art of archery. Targets will be set up in the chapel fields and Haddon’s master bowman will be on hand with tips and advice. In Haddon Hall’s heyday, it was law that every able man over the age of 24 should be able to shoot a target at 220 yards!

    A set of six arrows is £2.50, open to all ages and abilities.

    On Sunday April 16th, an Easter Egg hunt will take place, with the Easter Bunny on hand to help find the eggs. There will also be an artist offering face painting for the children to enjoy for free.

    Entry for children is free with a paying adult, and all events are included within the general admission price unless stated otherwise.

    Haddon Hall Easter Admission Prices

    Adults £14.50
    Concessions £14.00
    Children FREE
    Car Parking £3 per car

  5. Jane Eyre at Haddon Hall – Live Performances

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    The choice location for many film-makers; Haddon Hall has played host to no less than three versions of ‘Jane Eyre’.

    In celebration of Haddon Hall’s connection to many adaptations of Jane Eyre, Lord and Lady Edward Manners have commissioned local writer Gillian Shimwell to create and produce an exciting new live promenade play called ‘Jane Eyre at Haddon Hall.’

    The play features costumed actors playing key roles from the novel, with visitors walking the hall alongside the characters.

    Matinee Performances – April

    These performances will take place on 4th, 5th and 6th of April at 2:30pm-4:15pm and 5pm-6:45pm each day. Arrive half an hour before the performance begins to enjoy light refreshments.

    Tickets: £30 per person
    Book online here.

    Gala Evening Performances – June

    These special performances will take place on 21st and 22nd June at 5pm-6:45pm each day. Arrive 1 hour before performance to enjoy a glass of Prosecco under the arch of the restaurant and then enjoy a three course meal after the play has ended in Haddon’s Restaurant.

    Tickets: £65 per person
    Book online here.

  6. An English Renaissance Christmas at Haddon

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    Haddon, with its nine hundred year history, has always come alive at Christmas.

    Feasting, fun and festivity has always reigned for all to enjoy, and this year is no different. So far in December we have welcomed hundreds of guests, all experiencing the unique beauty of the Hall during the festive season.

    There has been music from the Doncaster Waites, the Tideswell Singers and Richard Haslam, dancing from Gloriana Living History, and glittering candlelight tours. Performances yet to come include music from Vocalium and the Royal Northern College of Music, and an afternoon of tales from author of The Christmas Book, Dr Patrick Harding. The restaurant and gate house gift shop are also on hand for delicious Christmas lunches and unique gifts.

    The Hall will remain open until 18th December and you can view the full programme of seasonal events here.

    Entrance is £13.50 per adult from 10:30am to 4pm, with last entry at 3pm.

    Come and enjoy the roaring fires, music and decor inspired by the English Renaissance.

    We look forward to welcoming you at Haddon Hall.

  7. Time Capsule at Haddon Hall

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    Haddon Hall is forever a place of surprise and astonishment.

    Peter Bown Mark Eaton and Lord Edward - Haddon Hall 19.5.16

    Back in 2006, whilst major repair work was being carried out to the balustrade on Dorothy Vernon’s Steps, a small lead box was uncovered. This mysterious vessel contained a rolled sheet of vellum inscribed with a letter penned in 1909 by John Manners the 9th Duke of Rutland and the Marquess of Granby. This document, signed by the Duke, also contained the signatures of Charles Lindsay (great friend and uncle to the Duke and a historian with interest in the Medieval and Tudor eras) and master stonemason, James Toft.

    Ten years later, as part of a very special restoration tour hosted by Lord Edward Manners and master stonemason, Mark Eaton, this time-capsule was re-positioned and reburied. Containing another piece of vellum, inscribed by Lord Edward, signed by both Mark Eaton and very special guest, Peter Bown, who is the grandson of James Toft; this little piece of history will be left untouched, in anticipation of it being found by a future generations at Haddon Hall.



  8. Job Vacancies in 2017

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    Vacancies Filled

    We are looking for enthusiastic, flexible people to work at Haddon Hall near Bakewell, in the following roles:

    House Guides/Stewards

    Ticket Office Cashier

    Car Park Attendant

    Experience in customer service is desirable. Training will be given, but experience similar roles would be advantageous.

    Please contact us if you would like more information about the vacancies.

    To apply please send your CV and Covering Letter to selina@haddonhall.co.uk, stipulating which role you would like to be considered for.

    Closing date for applications – 31st January 2017.



  9. Timecrashers – Channel 4 at Haddon Hall

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    Back in March, we welcomed the team from Channel 4 to film a new series called ‪#‎Timecrashers‬ - did any of you catch the first episode last night?

    Hosted by Sir Tony Robinson and social historian, Dr Cassie Newland, the show ‘crashes’ ten celebrities into different eras, the first one being Elizabethan. It was great fun having the hall buzzing full of lords and ladies, maids and squires and the rooms being dressed in period style looked amazing. It even smelt like 1588! The celebrities did a marvellous job and worked so hard, and yes, they really did sleep in the hall!

    For those of you that didn’t catch the show, you can view it online here:http://www.channel4.com/programmes/time-crashers and for those of you unable to stream British TV (and everybody else too!), here are a few press shots.

    A little sneak peak of next week’s installment, also filmed at the Hall, features a Medieval Joust- tune in to Channel 4 on Sunday at 8pm!

  10. Haddon Hall Workshops

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    This year, why not learn some new skills in the magnificent surroundings of Haddon Hall?

    We have a varied programme to suit everybody. These workshops are very popular, and to ensure that our learners receive the best teaching we like to keep the groups small. Wonderful for a day out with friends, or to buy as a gift for a crafty friend. If you would like to book a space, or for more information,  please call Selina King, Bookings Coordinator on 01629 812855 or visit our website, www.haddonhall.co.uk. Lavender at Haddon Hall

    Lavender Workshop Friday 14th August 10:00 am – 3:00 pm

    This August, the very talented Julie Mellor will lead a Lavender Workshop that will teach you to create lavender wands and fans. Using lavender from the Haddon Estate, this day long workshop, set in the beautiful surroundings of the Terraced Gardens (weather permitting). Spaces are very limited, cost £45 per person and are inclusive of materials, refreshments and lunch. BOOK ONLINE HERE 

    Looking at Autumn

    Thursday 1st October 10:30 am – 3:00pm

    This workshop will appeal to those with an interest in nature and wildlife. Join our Head Warden, Jo Walker on an informative visit to the Haddon Estate Parkland seeking the signs of Autumn and the approaching Winter. Enjoy a lunch in the Haddon Hall Restaurant followed by a workshop learning to make wicker bird feeders to help our feathered friends through the winter. Tickets are limited and cost £45 per person. BOOK ONLINE HERE

    Lino Print Making Wednesday 7th October 10:00am – 3:00pm

    If crafting is your thing, join us on the 7th October for a Lino Print Making Workshop. Drawing inspiration from Haddon, you will learn how to design, craft and print your own single colour lino print cards. Perfect timing to create your own unique Christmas cards! Tickets are £45 per person and include materials and lunch. BOOK ONLINE HERE

    Christmas Decoration Workshop

    25th &  26th November 9:30 am – 4:00 pm

    Led by Julie Mellor, this popular one day course will inspire you to create decorations for your home. Learn to make a number of different items including evergreen swags, wreaths and table decorations.  Tickets are £75 per person and include materials, refreshments and a 3 course festive lunch at The Peacock at Rowsley. The same course will run on both the 25th or 26th November. BOOK ONLINE HERE