Forget old-fashioned images of historic houses - today’s enigmatic Treasure Houses present something for everyone with a wealth of entertainment from special exhibitions, superb shopping and afternoon tea to children’s play areas, discovery tours and activity days. Discover Capability Brown landscapes and contemporary sculpture gardens while the kids amuse themselves in spiraling mazes.
Presenting a spectacular schedule of events this month, from live theatre performances, jousting, historical characters, to dressing up boxes and quiz trails – not to mention an array of wildlife, farm animals, cycle trails and walking paths - expect an animated and action-packed experience for all the family.
Here’s just a few highlights of days out for half-termThe whole family can enjoy a great day out over the Bank Holiday weekend at Beaulieu with Truckmania (26-27 May) where you can get up close and personal to some amazing machines and all day action with Monster Truck Displays and more!
From Saturday 25th May to Monday 27th May step back in time to the 17th Century and see the English Civil War come to life with the largest historical re-enactment group in Europe, The Sealed Knot Society. Enter a world of shining armour, muskets, swords and pikes and experience what life was like during the English Civil War, both on and off the battle field, with a weekend full of action packed historical entertainment in the beautiful surroundings of Blenheim Palace.
Enjoy a whole host of country attractions and entertainment at the Living Heritage Game and Country Fair at Burghley (26-27 May). The Falconry village includes a flying arena as well as some resident falconers. Equestrian demonstrations will take place as well as scurry racing and mounted games.
Come and see the best of what Yorkshire has to offer at Castle Howard’s Whippets & Wellies event (25-27 May). Sample delicious local produce at the food marquee, pick up some unique Yorkshire crafts or watch the exciting performers and demonstrations in the main ring.
The most spectacular Medieval Festival returns to Harewood for a second fantastic year (26-27 May). Immerse yourselves in medieval times, watch in amazement and cheer for your favourite knight at the joust, gasp at the battles or have a go at archery and if you are unlucky – get locked in stocks.
Learn something new in May at Holkham’s Discovery Days – Discover some of the wildlife found within the Park (30 May) with some hands on, fun family activities or explore Holkham’s award winning beach and national nature reserve (31 May).
There’s daily displays of Medieval Jousting at Leeds Castle (28 May – 2 June) with spectacular action, daredevil stunts, falls, fights and brave Knights on galloping horses!
Don’t miss some early outdoor theatre with Cambridge Touring Theatre’s acclaimed production of Treasure Island featuring at Castle Howard (30 May), and at Chatsworth (31 May).
Visit the Hatfield garden Show (31 May – 2 June), held in front of Hatfield House with its newly restored frontage and within the spectacular gardens and grounds. The special event will feature garden experts, wide selection of seeds and plants, the very latest gardening equipment as well as drop in workshops
Treasure Houses of England
The Treasure Houses of England are ten of the most magnificent palaces, houses and castles in England today. Members are Beaulieu, Blenheim Palace, Burghley House, Castle Howard, Chatsworth, Harewood, Hatfield House, Holkham Hall, Leeds Castle and Woburn Abbey. Each has its own unique charm and all combine together to give a fascinating insight into life in England over the centuries
One of the most compelling features of the Treasure Houses of England is that they all offer the visitor a living history. Most are still homes to the great families who have owned them for generations. Others keep their heritage alive by re-creating scenes and events that have dominated and shaped England from the 9th century to the present day.
Between them they house some of the most important art collections in the world with famous works from artists such as Van Dyck and Gainsborough and priceless antiques including Chippendale, Wedgwood and Meissen.
Discover hidden gems and dark secrets, follow walks and adventure trails in beautiful parklands and gardens, enjoy classical concerts, outdoor theatre, family fun and relax over afternoon tea: the Treasure Houses change with the seasons, move with the times and always have something unexpected to offer, something new to discover.
Find out more: www.treasurehouses.co.uk