Friday, 31 August 2012

Expand your horizons at the Treasure Houses of England

Try something new and experiment with your imagination at the inspired array of special events and workshops hosted by the magnificent Treasure Houses of England.

Dabble in art, photography, music, botany and even animal husbandry at the country’s most beautiful and breathtaking castles, palaces and estates for a distinctively different and utterly awe-inspiring day out.

Blenheim Palace are pleased to announce their brand new photography course days run on selected dates throughout the year.  A unique opportunity to work with professional photographers, enhance your skills and learn expert camera tricks within the grounds of the stunning Blenheim Palace.

Delve into The Pagan & Profane (29 September) at Burghley House, which looks at the way Greco-Roman mythology has inspired incredible art from the fifteenth century onwards. Similarly, their Mendelssohn & Liszt course (20 October) examines these two prolific romantic composers.

A selection of portraits from Burghley’s own collection provides the focus for their Art Day course (17 November), while their new watercolour workshops with Sandra Peck will introduce you to this enigmatic art form.

Castle Howard’s range of Photography Workshops - run by Yorkshire-born photographer Chris Ceaser - will accommodate both beginners and professionals.  An Introduction to Photography (19 Oct) and Intermediate Photography (26 Oct)  offer creative and technical tips to achieve superb shots.

Chatsworth presents a host of animal husbandry guides from Keeping Pigs (9 October) to Keeping Chickens (11 September & 13 November), as well as their brilliant Hands On Gardener Day (17 October).  Also, don’t miss the chance to learn new skills with the Textiles department in their Inspired by fashion (29 September) workshop.

Harewood’s wonderful workshops feature everything from Landscape Photography (30 September) to Portrait Photography (14 October) and Telling Stories in Pictures (25 November).  Also, don’t miss the chance to get hands-on with their Traditional Ceramics Workshop (23 September) and Stained Glass Workshop (21 October).

RHS Gold Medal Winner, Anna Knights leads Holkham Hall’s Botanical Painting Workshop (26 September) while Deer at Dawn is the inspired subject matter for their Photography Workshop (24 October).  With 20 years horticultural experience, pick the brains of Holkham’s Landscape Manager on a study day to find plants for all conditions in your garden (8 September).

For an extraordinary experience, Hawk Walks with experienced Falconer Mark Brattle will see visitors up close and personal with the beautiful birds at Leeds Castle where he will teach the techniques of handling and flying the birds across the stunning parkland.

Woburn Abbey’s Come and Grow events are a must for the green-fingered as they tackle everything from lawn care (1 & 2 September) to tree planting (6 & 7 October) – so monitor their progress through the changing seasons and literally watch the flowers grow!  Or why not join Woburn Abbey’s Study Day (21 November) for an in-depth insight into one of the most remarkable landscape gardeners, Humphry Repton. Discover his groundbreaking visions alongside the techniques and processes used for the spellbinding creations he conceived.

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