Tuesday, 17 April 2012


Hatfeild House

Enjoy a fabulous feast of activities and events this May Bank Holiday at The Treasure Houses of England. From car shows to country fairs, music to markets – spring is being celebrated in spectacular style at some of the most incredible sites in the country.

The May Day Cavalcade at Beaulieu (7 May) will see a superb showcase of vehicles via a cavalcade throughout the gorgeous grounds, while The Friends of the Museum will be exhibiting their own cars on the arena.

At Blenheim Palace ‘The Knights of Royal England’ (5-7 May) will be treating visitors to a show-stopping spectacle courtesy of their jaw-dropping Jousting Tournament. Boasting medieval battleground skills, from riding the quintain and spearing the smallest of targets to hand-to-hand combat and lancing – the entire family will be amazed by the gallant action.

Hosting an exciting variety of country attractions and activities, The Burghley Game & Country Fair returns (6-7 May), with equestrian demonstrations, falconry shows and local food showcase, it’s a mouthwatering menu of entertainment for all the family.

Castle Howard
hosts the Yorkshire Craft and Produce Market (7-8 May), where visitors can shop for delicious local food and beautiful crafts; while Harewood House presents Play! A Festival of Fun (6-7 May), offering two days of popular games and toys for children and adults alike.

A seasonal spectacular awaits at Chatsworth, where Spring Blooms (4-8 May) and the Spring Plant Fair (5-6 May) will allow visitors to see the garden and house transformed by an inspired and designer array of colourful floral displays. The Sunday sees nurseries from near and far offering a wide variety of plants, including unusual and exotic blooms from the likes of Chelsea, Malvern and Hampton Court.
Join the crowds for Hatfield House’s hugely popular event (10-13 May): Living Crafts. The largest show of its kind in Europe, hundreds of designer-makers from across the UK exhibit jewellery, ceramics, glass and fashion, with special lectures and workshops for adults and craft activities and storytelling for children. Jazz bands, a brass band and country dancing complete the lively line up.

Holkham Hall
’s May Day celebrations (6-7 May) take magnificent form by way of music, Morris dancing, games and children’s crafts in the Courtyard and Bygones Museum. Their Historic Cookery Brought To Life session explores Victorian cookery in the Old Kitchen – an absolute must for food fans and aspiring chefs.

Marvel at classic cars  and a classic venue as Woburn Abbey hosts the Bedfordshire Classic Motor Show (6-7 May). Already in its 15th year, the show takes place in the Abbey’s stunning deer park, and will see up to 1500 vehicles as well as children’s activities for a fantastic family day out.


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