Bank Holiday Weekend

Sunday 25th August 2013 - Monday 26th August 2013

At ten weeks old and six inches tall, Pedro is a full size Burrowing Owl! He is one of the newest recruits at the Falconry Centre based at Holdenby House that you can look around on Sunday and Bank Holiday Monday. There will also be Falconry Displays on the lawn at 2pm and 3.30pm.

On Bank Holiday Monday there is another rare opportunity; the house itself is open on one of the very few occasions this year. Built in 1583 by Sir Christopher Hatton, Queen Elizabeth I’s Lord Chancellor, and then the palace and subsequently prison of Charles I, the house is filled with history. A more modern piece of history, the filming of BBC’s Great Expectations, will also be on display in the house.

Surrounding the house are twenty acres of stunning Grade I Gardens also open on both days including the Kitchen Garden where all the fruit and vegetables are used in the house. As demonstrated at the Holdenby Food Show earlier this year, some of these will be used by Holdenby’s Housekeeper to make the homemade cakes for our Victorian Tea Room, where Cream Teas will also be served on Monday.

Children can explore the house, gardens and Falconry Centre with Activity packs to keep them engaged. They will also be fascinated by the Tudor Cottage that will be open with displays of Civil War artefacts and cookery demonstrations by costumed actors.

The gardens will be open from 1 – 5pm on Sunday with the house and gardens open on Monday from 12 – 5pm. Admission is £5 adults, £3.50 children, £4.50 concessions and £15 for a family ticket of 2 adults and 2 children.

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