1. 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.

  2. 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.



  3. Job Vacancies in 2017

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    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.



  4. 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!

  5. 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

  6. Samuel Rayner’s Haddon Hall – Revisited

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    Haddon Hall Rayner Revisited July 2015

    Visitors to Haddon in July and August will experience a fascinating exhibition that draws a significant correlation between 21st century photographers and the work of 19th century artists and lithographs. The exhibition, titled ‘Samuel Rayner’s Haddon Hall – Revisited’ looks at the work of Samuel Rayner, artist and author, who in the early part of the 19th century studied intricately the architectural details of Haddon Hall, near Bakewell.

    Derbyshire photographers Ian Daisley and Chris Gilbert, both from the Peak District Photography Gallery, approached Lord and Lady Edward Manners of Haddon Hall about the idea of an exhibition. Chris explains the inspiration behind the work: “Rayner was living and working in the Peak District when he created ‘The Antiquities of Haddon Hall’ and we felt that it was important to reconnect with such an important body of work, bringing Rayner and his family’s work back into the public eye and raising awareness.” Chris continues:   “Rayner was an exquisite draughtsman. We aim to show through modern day photography just how accurate his depiction of Haddon Hall was.

    Visitors to Haddon this summer will see that there is an extraordinary correspondence between Rayner’s hand and eye rendition of the architecture and that achieved by us today, with the camera. The artistic context is the same even if the tools the artists are using are radically different. ” The photographers – five in total – have spent the last few months visiting Haddon and recreating scenes from Rayner’s drawings from the 19th century, setting themselves the challenge of trying to match the sketches as accurately as possible. Rayner’s drawings not only offer incredible detail as to the architecture and immediate landscape of Haddon Hall, but his writings ‘The Antiquities of Haddon Hall’ gave the social context of Haddon, which – at the time of writing in the mid-1830s – was when Haddon Hall was just becoming a popular tourist destination which it remains today, almost 200 years later.

    The exhibition will display around 20 of the 35 sketches Rayner produced of Haddon along with modern photographs of the same sites, and will be on view to the visitors to Haddon Hall through July and August. A preview of the exhibition takes place on 8th July.

    Lady Edward Manners comments: “We owe a lot to Samuel Rayner and his work capturing Haddon in the middle of the 19th century. His sketches are not only of the roofs, rooms and corners of the hall, but are also beautifully detailed diagrams of Haddon’s incredible and ancient architecture – like the Tudor panelling – which help shape how we work with the house and architecture today. Rayner’s book sheds light on how Haddon functioned at the time of writing, as it existed in its semi-dormant state. Samuel Rayner was undoubtedly a dedicated artist and historian and we know visitors will love this exhibition, comparing his work to the modern shots by Ian and Chris and their colleagues.”


    Join us for the launch evening on Wednesday 8th July, tickets are £15 per person and can be booked here. The Rayner exhibition runs at Haddon Hall throughout July and August, from July 11th.  Normal admission rates apply- book online for advance prices. 

  7. A Summer of Music

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    Haddon Hall is the perfect venue for wonderful music. This summer, we have arranged for a wonderful repertoire of artists from the community to perform to our visitors in the Hall and Gardens.

    Spend one of our Late Night Openings, sipping a glass of champagne on the terrace whilst enjoying the soothing sounds of  The Miller Trio, or while away a Saturday afternoon being serenaded by the Senior Clarinet Ensemble of the Derbyshire Music Centre.

    The performance dates are as below:

    Derbyshire & South Derbyshire Music Centre

    Senior Clarinet Ensemble

    Saturday 20th June

    Performances at 2:00 pm & 4:00 pm in the gardens


    Richard Haslam

    Solo classical guitarist, currently studying at Royal Northern College of Music


    Thursday 25 June  and Thursday 30 July

    Evening performances (gardens or Long Gallery, depending on the weather)

    Dalesmen MV Choir (Long Gallery)


    Saturday 18th July

    Performances at 2:00 pm & 3:15 pm in the Long Gallery

    South East Derbyshire Music Centre

    Senior Recorder Ensemble

    Saturday 18th July

    Performances at 2:40 pm & 4:00 pm in the gardens

    The Miller Trio (violin, cello, keyboard)

    Light classical and popular music

    Thursday 27th August

    Evening performances in the Long Gallery


    (Times, locations and performances are subject to change)


    You can purchase tickets at a discounted price here.

  8. Velocipathy: A Celebration of Vintage Cycling

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    A Celebration of Vintage Cycling

    Tuesday 2nd – Sunday 21st June 2015

    To mark the Eroica Britannia festival, part of Visit Peak’s Summer of Cycling, Haddon Hall is excited to be working with Derby Museums to exhibit a selection of vintage bicycles from the Derby Museums collection.

    Highlights of the exhibition include an 1870s velocipede manufactured in Derby by engineering firm George Fletcher and Co., a personal gift from George to his brother, and a Dewey ‘Express’ penny-farthing from the same period. Alongside the vintage cycles will be a collection of objects relating to cycling in the city of Derby. Many of these objects are being shown for the very first time.

    The exhibition has been co-produced at Derby Silk Mill with volunteers from Sustrans’ ‘Bike It Derby’ scheme, part of Derby City Council’s Derby Connected programme. Working alongside Derby Museums staff, the volunteers have designed and built the exhibition in the Derby Silk Mill workshops, learning new skills such as basic woodwork and 3D design.

    You can find the exhibition in the Earl’s Apartments.

    General Admission rates apply.

    Haddon Hall Derby Museums L'Eroica 2015 Velocipathy

    Exhibition Poster for Haddon Hall Derby Museums L’Eroica 2015 Velocipathy


  9. Vacancy : Full time administration assistant

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    PLEASE NOTE: This Vacancy has now been filled, many thanks for all applications.


    A full time position has arisen within the Estate Office for an administration assistant, joining a small team who oversee the operations and general running of Haddon Hall. The role involves providing excellent communication and administrative support, ensuring the smooth and efficient running of the Estate Office.
    The ideal candidate will have excellent computer skills, be fully literate in Microsoft Office, Google apps and able to pick up new systems with ease. A high standard of English (both written and verbal) will be expected. You will be highly organised, able to prioritise workloads and have a polite telephone manner.

    Experience would be advantageous but not essential.

    For more information, please contact us on info@haddonhall.co.uk

  10. Haddon’s little creatures

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    Haddon Hall, like so many old buildings, is very attractive to creepy crawlies and other little creatures.  We have some amazing examples of spiders living the house.  Head Warden Jo is a spider lover, and is often caught up in a crisis of conscience; does she clear away a cobweb so the house looks lovely for visitors, but renders the spider homeless, or does she leave the spider and web intact and hope the visitors understand?  Janet, the Hall Manager, is a confirmed Arachnophobe and is of the firm belief that there’s only one kind of good spider – and that’s a dead spider!

    Right now, we have a little mouse living in the Guide Room.  He’s a cheeky little blighter, and regularly makes the journey from the Guide Room to the drain cover – often surprising visitors on his way.  Cute though this little mouse is, Melvyn, our wonderful pest control man, will be brought in to “find him a new home”.  We like it when Melvyn visits – he always comes armed with biscuits for the Estate Office staff.  The sceptics among you may think this is a marvellous business plan.  Biscuits = crumbs = vermin = work for Melvyn!  We don’t care.  We like biscuits!

    Visitors can enjoy watching the hundreds of butterflies and bees in our garden.  This year the Cabbage White butterfly is in abundance.  It’s a beautiful sight and wonderful to see the new planting working so well to attract these splendid creatures.  Look up and there’s often Buzzards circling majestically overhead.

    We’ve a couple of swans parading up and down the river right by the bridge.  It’s one of the first things visitors see on their approach to the Hall.  We consider ourselves priviledged to have these stately waterfowl in our grounds.

    Only this morning, a stoat was busy gathering food on the grass by the driveway.   His black tipped tail could been clearly seen as he bobbed along in the grass.

    There’s so much wildlife here.  Next time you visit, take some time to sit quietly and see what comes your way.