Special Events


Our Licensed Restaurant is situated in the 17th Century stable block, with views over the River Wye.

Guided Tours

On various dates from April to October

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  Enjoy Haddon 

A visit to Haddon can offer a surprising range of new and exciting experiences. Whatever your passion, you can find something to capture your imagination here.  You may like to catch one of the music recitals delivered by our wonderful performers; to shop for unusual items and gifts at one of our Artisan Markets; to take a tour of the gardens with our Head Gardener; to try your hand at archery; or learn more about the wonderful flora and fauna of the Estate by joining one of our Countryside Walks. There is always something new to experience and enjoy.  This autumn, our Oak Matters exhibition explores the intimate relationship between Haddon and our wonderful English Oak trees.  Then, later in October for Halloween, we will once again be offering our Magical Marks and Grafitti tours, and for children, our Little School of Sorcery . . . look down the page for lots more information.


Oak Matters

Daily 6th-30th September - included with your admission ticket

This September we will unveil a number of medieval sculptures from Lord and Lady Edward's private collection as part of our autumnal exhibition Oak Matters.

The exhibition, which will run in The Great Chamber surrounded by Haddon’s magnificent Verdure tapestries, pays homage to Haddon’s oak trees, showing previously unseen early English Oak carvings together with a number of fine English bible boxes and paper boxes from the Tudor and Elizabethan periods. Haddon’s connection to Oak extends back centuries and its influence can be seen throughout the hall today. Wherever one looks, Haddon offers up a celebration of oak: in its panelling, wide beams and floor boards, furniture and its tapestries that feature oak trees and foliage. We hope you will enjoy discovering the magic of oak at Haddon Hall this September.


Halloween at Haddon Hall

There is lots of magical mystery to enjoy at Haddon Hall this Halloween.  From October 26th to 31st children are invited to join our Little School of Sorcery, when they can enjoy a plethora of ghastly games and activities to gain their Sorcerers' wings, including making potions, decorating wands and making brooms and hats.  And on Saturday 26th and Sunday 27th October Kingsley Falconry Centre will bring their wonderful birds of prey to visit, including a Snowy Owl who is a veteran of several Harry Potter films.  If you have been creative over the holidays and have carved a decorative pumpkin, families are invited to bring these along to display in the house and entered into our competition for the best entry, which will be judged on 31st October.  And for grown ups we will once again be hosting our Magical Marks and Graffiti Tour on 30th and 31st of October, exploring the intriguing 'Witches Marks' thought to have been made in the hope of averting evil spirits by past generations at Haddon.
Entry into the Pumpkin Competition and to the Little School of Sorcery is included with your admission, but if you wish to join one of the evening Magical Marks and Graffiti Tours then it is essential to book - please click here.


 Mercatum Christmas Artisan Market

Following its ever-growing success, Mercatum returns to Haddon Hall in November for our Christmas Artisan Market this year extended to five full days.  With over 110 local artisans, makers and the most dleicious produce, this is the perfect way to start and finish your Christmas shopping.  An event not to be missed and fun for all ages.

The dates for the market are 13th, 14th, 15th, 16th, 17th November, 10.00am - 5.00pm

Entry is payable at our Ticket Office near the entrance to the Hall:   £5.50 per person (Children FREE) (£3.00 parking) 

Mercatum VIP Evening

Tuesday 12th November

6.00-8.00 pm

For a very special and super-exclusive shopping experience, come to our Christmas Artisan Market VIP Evening.  You will be welcomed with a warming glass of mulled wine or a sparkling Prosecco before you explore the stands, in a glamorous evening environment.

Your VIP Ticket will also entitle you to return to visit the market on Wednesday 13th or Thursday 14th November.

Tickets cost £25.00 and pre-booking is essential for this popular event.  Please book here.





 Garden Tours, Talks and Workshops

Our Head Gardener Tours, Talks and Workshops have now finished for this year, but keep an eye on our website for events in 2020.  The tours explore how the wonderful terraced gardens at Haddon developed over the centuries; how they contribute to the history of garden design; and to develop your knowledge of the variety of plants featured in the garden. Our Garden Workshops are short courses on key horticultural topics where you can benefit from the expertise and knowledge of our teaching team, and our Head Gardener's talks are full of fascinating insights into the gardening history and plant knowledge.  You can find more information on our garden tours and workshops here.


Music at Haddon Hall 

Haddon Hall is becoming renowned for its varied programme of music held throughout the season.  Carefully selected by Music for Derbyshire's former Director of Music, we are proud to present our schedule for 2019.  Performances are held at 12.00 and 2.00 pm, providing time to enjoy lunch or tea in our Restaurant.  These recitals can be enjoyed at leisure and are included with admission tickets.

Sunday 21st April                    Richard Haslam - Guitar Recital
Sunday 5th May                      SDMC Clarinet Ensemble
Sunday 26th May                    Richard Haslam - Guitar and String Quartet
Sunday 2nd June                     Sergei Podobedov - Piano Recital
Sunday 9th June                      B Natural
Sunday 16th June                    Sara Lieber Salloum - Lute
Sunday 23rd June                    Cantabile Choir
Saturday 6th/Sunday 7th June  Cape Town Opera at Haddon Hall
Sunday 21st July                     Derby Voices
Sunday 4th August                  Laura-Rose Gee - Harp
Sunday 18th August                Vocalium
Sunday 8th September            The RSCM Millennium Youth Choir (one performance only at 2:00pm)
Sunday 22nd September         The Pennine Singers
Sunday 29th September          Peak District String Orchestra
Sunday 6th October                 Sophie Rocks - Harp
Sunday 13th October               Rachel Speirs (soprano) & Aaron Breeze (accompanist) RNCM
Sunday 20th October              Ayres & Graces

For further information please visit our Music page here.

Regular Events during our 2019 Season

 Our Free Guided Tours of the Hall will be held at intervals throughout the day each Monday during the summer season and introduce you to some of the highlights of the Hall.  While we may need to adjust timings to accommodate interested visitors, your general admission ticket entitles you to join one if you wish.  Our short Spotlight Talks are delivered by our guides on varying topics of interest and will be available most days - please see the notice board near the entrance to the Hall for details.  Again, these are included in the price of your admission ticket.Our Guided Walks are held on the third Thursday of the month between May and September.  They are free to join but must be prebooked.  Please click the link on the table below for information and booking.  On several weekends throughout the year we host 'Have a Go' archery sessions when you can try your hand at archery.  Please be aware that if you do wish to 'Have a Go' there is a small charge payable for arrows. You can find more information about Archery at Haddon here.

Archery Dates

Free Guided Tours - Highlights of the Hall - Mondays throughout the season

Spotlight Talks 

FREE Guided Walks through the Haddon Estate




19th, 20th, 21st, 22nd April

4th, 5th, 6th May

11th, 12th May

25th, 26th, 27th May

15th, 16th June

26th, 27th, 28th July

24th, 25th 26th August

If your visit is on a Monday you may like to catch one of our Free Guided Tours, which will give you a brief introduction to the history of Haddon and the family and introduce some of the highlights of the Hall.

Look out for our 15 minute Guides' Spotlight Talks held most days.  These fascinating little talks focus on different aspects of the house, its decoration and furnishings.

Thursday 16th May

Thursday 20th June

Thursday18th July

Thursday 15th August

Thursday 19th September


Countryside Walks


We are pleased to announce the dates for our very popular Countryside Walks in 2019 are:

 Thursday 16th May

Thursday 20th June

Thursday 18th July

Thursday 15th August

Thursday 19th September

Booking is essential.  Please click here.