Events

We are delighted that Haddon’s Medieval Private Park is now open to be enjoyed through our programme of guided ecological and historical walks and talks, and wellbeing classes.

Wildlife Walk: The Trees of Haddon Medieval Park

8 Oct

Walk commences at 10.00 am
Duration 2-3 hours

Parkland Trees Walk: £35.00 per person (not suitable for children under 12 yrs)
Places limited, booking is essential – please see link below
Parking: £3.80 payable on arrival
Discounted admission to Hall and Gardens: £11.50 per person

Unfortunately we are not able to offer a refund or alternative date for this event

Toilets are available in the Stable Block at the start and finish of your walk
The Restaurant serves a wide selection of food and drink
Please note, dogs are not permitted on this walk

The Medieval Park at Haddon Hall is a rare treasure, comprising 187 hectares of organic ancient pasture, woodlands, water meadows and river banks.  Largely untouched for over 900 years with a diverse range of habitats, it is home to an incredible variety of wildlife.

The trees are the heart of the parkland landscape, and in medieval times would have been essential to the Hall to provide timber for building and firewood for heating and cooking.  More than 40 different species were recorded during a recent survey within the Medieval Park, including Alder, Willow, Hawthorn, Oak, Ash, Hornbeam, Sycamore, Beech, Holly, Cherry, Copper Beech, Red Oak, Norway Maple and Walnut.  Many of the trees are designated ancient or veteran, providing a continuity of habitat for centuries.  Each one provides a home for a myriad of birds, small animals and insects, as well as fungi and lichen.

In this one-off, exclusive event our resident tree expert Ruth Ross will take you behind the scenes into the private parkland that surrounds Haddon Hall.  For 2-3 hours, walking at a gentle pace with plenty of opportunities for observation and photography, Ruth will escort you around the different woodland areas within the Medieval Park to discover and appreciate Haddon’s trees and their associated wildlife.

Ruth Ross MPhil is a qualified dendrochronologist who spent a number of years working with the Forestry Commission.  She now works at Haddon Hall as a Duty Warden and Parkland Guide.  She is passionate about sharing her love of the natural world and her knowledge of trees with others.

Please note that this walk takes place within the unspoilt, natural landscape of the Haddon Medieval Park.  There are few paths, the terrain is uneven in places and may be wet and/or muddy.  For your safety and comfort you are advised to wear walking boots or other stout footwear and to have warm, waterproof clothing available with you to wear if required on the day of your visit.  Please bear in mind that we cannot guarantee good weather, nor can we guarantee what species you will see.  Nature is unpredictable!

If you come on one of our Parkland Walks you can also visit the Hall and Gardens on the same day at a discounted price.   After enjoying your walk, simply visit our Ticket Office and show proof of your Parkland walk booking to purchase your discounted ticket.

 

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Wildlife Walk: The River Life of Haddon Medieval Park
9 Jul
Wildlife Walk: The Bird Life of Haddon Medieval Park
17 Jul
Wildlife Walk: The Butterflies of Haddon Medieval Park
23 Jul, 20 Aug
Photography Tuition Day within Haddon Medieval Park
27 Jul, 1 Oct

Medieval Parkland Walks
4 Aug, 13 Aug, 10 Sep, 17 Sep, 22 Oct, 29 Oct
Wildlife Walk: The Trees of Haddon Medieval Park
8 Oct