It’s a step back in time for Hardwick Hall visitors

Music, dance and entertainment will give visitors to the National Trust’s Hardwick Hall a true flavour of times gone by during an Elizabethan weekend on 24th and 25th September.

Visitors will see the Hall come to life with a packed programme of Elizabethan themed activities. While the gardens and hall will echo with the sound of Tudor music, families will get the chance to try out traditional skills and activities ranging from Elizabethan games to stone carving and plasterwork.

Room Guides dressed in full period costume will provide an authentic Elizabethan welcome, while re-enactment group, the Tudor Travellers, will reveal what life was like for the ‘Tudor low life’. They will be cooking up a taste of Tudor life with their culinary demonstrations and showing off their craft skills in their encampment.

Musical duo, Diabolus in Musica, will be teaching visitors Elizabethan songs and dances. Meanwhile, Junction Arts will be encouraging visitors to create their own stitch and monograms inspired by the embroidery at Hardwick Hall. The Company of Artisans will be demonstrating early plaster work using tools, materials and techniques from the period, and helping visitors to design and make their own ‘mini plaster ceiling’.

Other activities include Elizabethan themed food on the restaurant menus, dressing up in costume and creating a pomander to take away as a souvenir

The Elizabethan weekend has become a regular point on the Hardwick calendar and, now in its eighth year, has become a popular attraction for its visitors.

Rachel Albanese, Visitor Experience Manager, said: “This year we have an even bigger programme of activities planned for our Elizabethan Weekend. Families will get the chance to take part in activities, try out new things and see what life really was like in Tudor times. With people walking around in full costume and the authentic sounds and smells of Elizabethan times, there’s sure to be a great atmosphere at Hardwick.”

Normal admission charges will apply during the weekend. There will be a small additional charge of £2 for children taking part in the crafts.

On Tuesday 27th September, visitors can also join the Hardwick Garden team for a practical Garden Masterclass, where they will find out more about the art of propagation and the team will be sharing their skills, hints and tips on this full day workshop. To find out more contact the Estate