4th December 2016 all-day
Calke Abbey
Main St
Ticknall, Derby DE73 7JF
Burton and Lesley Marsland
07774 7410245

Sunday 4 December 2016

Christmas past, Calke Abbey, Derbyshire

Experience a unique Christmas at Calke Abbey – the country house in decline. Lights, shadows and whispers will bring alive Calke’s Christmas past as you explore the tunnels and catch a glimpse of the house.

As darkness falls experience Calke in all its twinkling glory. Let the lanterns lead the way to the candle-lit church and see the pleasure grounds in a festive light.

Admission includes access to the Pleasure Grounds, tunnels and church, and will be charged at the park entry point. Adults £3.60, children £1.80, NT members free.

We recommend wearing warm clothing, you may want to bring a torch

A bit more about the venue –

Set in the midst of a landscape park, Calke Abbey is presented by the National Trust as an illustration of the English country house in decline. A massive amount of remedial work but no restoration has been done and interiors are almost as they were found in 1985 so the decay of the building and its interiors has been halted but not reversed. Before the National Trust’s work of the late 1980s everything had remained untouched since the 1880s.

To the side of the house is a large quadrangle of buildings forming the old stable yard and farm, complete with old carriages and farm implements. The outbuildings incorporate a brewhouse that was linked to the main house by a tunnel.

The Trust manages the surrounding landscape park with an eye to nature conservation. It contains such features as a walled garden, with a flower garden and a former physic garden, now managed as a kitchen garden. The ancient deer park of the Calke Abbey Estate is a designated Site of Special Scientific Interest and national nature reserve, particularly noted for its rare wood pasture habitat and associated deadwood invertebrate fauna.

Sorry dogs are not welcome at this event

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