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Conservation; Cleaning of a 17th Century tapestry

The archives team at Hatfield have been busy cleaning this late 17th century tapestry as part of a conservation project.

The tapestry was made by Henrik Reydams, a Flemish weaver, in Brussels. It is woven showing the Roman Goddess Diana at a hunt, with attendant figures. The tapestry which usually hangs on the wall of the Grand Staircase measures over 19 feet wide and 14 feet high.

It was carefully cleaned, front and back, which took two days. Soft brushes were used to gently loosen the dust and a museum vac (gentle specialist vacuum cleaner) was used to to remove it.

 

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Hatfield Park Farm opens on Tuesday 7th March

It’s almost time for the Farm to re-open for the season. Throughout March and April the sheep and goats will be lambing and a visit to the lambing marquee is a must. We’ve just welcomed the lambs pictured…

Visit the Farm website for more details www.hatfieldparkfarm.co.uk

On this day…17th November 1558

Today in 1558, the then Princess Elizabeth was sitting under a great oak in the Park at Hatfield when news came that her sister had died and she was now Queen of England. A few days later she held her first Council of State in the now Old Palace before travelling to London. #onthisday

What a way to end the summer…

Last weekend we welcomed Classic Ibiza back to Hatfield for its second year, along with the glitter & glow sticks.

An amazing 7,200 attendees joined us for another incredible night at Hatfield Park and helped us bring the summer season to a close in style.

Thank you to everyone who attended for creating an unforgettable atmosphere. We are looking forward to making plans for summer 2020!

#ClassicIbiza2019 #Summerseason

Results from the Salisbury Square Exhibition

Thank you to the 137 members of the Old Hatfield community who attended the Salisbury Square Exhibition and took part in our survey.

Collecting and analysing responses to the 8th July exhibition has been enlightening and valuable. The analysis of the results can be found by clicking here.

We are acting upon the results, and using them to inform the design of the scheme. The new designs will be published when ready. We now look forward to pressing on, with the aim remaining to submit a planning application by the end of 2019.

Tour The Old Palace
This Autumn

THE OLD PALACE

The Old Palace was built in about 1485 by the Bishop of Ely, John Morton. It is one of the foremost examples of mediaeval brickwork in the country and originally formed a quadrangle around a central courtyard.

Henry VIII acquired the Palace from the Bishop of Ely in 1538 and used it as a nursery for his three children. It is with Elizabeth that the Palace is most closely associated. She had a happy childhood here, sharing in her brother Edward’s education. Circumstances changed for Elizabeth when Queen Mary came to the throne in 1553, for Mary feared that her enemies might plot to place her protestant sister on the throne. Effectively Elizabeth was kept under house arrest at Hatfield.

Tours

The Old Palace is open for tours on certain dates throughout the season. On days when the Old Palace is open for visitors, tours take place every hour, on the hour between 11am-4pm. Your tickets can be booked at the ticket kiosk upon arrival.

Tour dates in August: 6th, 7th, 9th, 13th, 14th, 15th, 16th

Tour dates are subject to the availability of the Old Palace and can change at short notice. We will update this page as soon as possible or suggest getting in touch prior to a visit.

Essendon Lodge

Essendon Lodge is 4 bedroom detached house, situated in an idyllic location within Hatfield Park. Built in the nineteenth century, the lodge was comprehensively refurbished six years ago. All works were undertaken to a good standard and the property is now a comfortable home which benefits from partial underfloor heating, stone and hardwood flooring, a modern kitchen including Rayburn which sit alongside some attractive original features. Attention was also paid to ensuring the property was well insulated and capable of offering modern levels of comfort. Accommodation includes a large open kitchen, a separate utility room, ground floor cloak and shower room, as well as a generous study or play room. The sitting room benefits from French doors which open on to the large garden. Upstairs, accessed via a galleried staircase, one will find a master bedroom with an en-suite shower room, three further bedrooms and family bathroom. Outside, there is a large garden laid to grass surrounded by a post and rail fence with views onto open fields and woodland. The property also includes a traditional timber garage, a generous gravel driveway and ample parking.

Due its outlying location, the property would suit somebody who enjoys privacy and tranquillity. Access is via a private automated gate, and a road which is accessed from Essendon village and West End Lane. Due to estate farming operations and forestry and conservation policies, tenants are not able to roam freely within Hatfield Park but for those who enjoy walking, an extensive network of attractive public footpaths, only a short walk away from the property, provide easy access to the River Lea, Essendon and other Hertfordshire villages.

 

Rent is £3,500 pcm.

 

For further information please call 01707 287000

Orchard House

The stunning Orchard House is a grade II listed building. Listing was given in December 1983.

The property consists of entrance hall with decorative encaustic tiles leading to large kitchen with integrated appliances. Ground floor shower room.

Stairs to first floor. Dining room, sitting room, drawing room with open fire place. French doors off all rooms to terrace and large rear garden.

Upstairs there is a master bedroom with en-suite and dressing room, plus three further bedrooms, house bathroom and laundry work area.

There is parking to the front for many cars and an enclosed rear garden.

 The house is situated within 10 minutes’ walk from Old Hatfield Railway station and is close to the children’s farm and Lawn House hotel. Please note, Hatfield Park is a working rural estate and so tenants may be disrupted from time to time with agricultural machinery, gamekeepers, film crews, event traffic and live animals moving around the estate.

Orchard House is attached to an Apple Store, which is un-refurbished at present. Garden has been seeded and the lawns are now becoming established.

 

For further information please call 01707 287000

The Order of the Garter…

On Monday 17th June 2019 the Queen appointed Lord Salisbury to be a Knight Companion of the Most Noble Order of the Garter.

The Order of the Garter is an order of chivalry founded by Edward III in 1348 and regarded as the most prestigious British order of chivalry in England and the United Kingdom. Appointments are made at the Sovereign’s sole discretion. Membership of the Order is limited to the Sovereign, the Prince of Wales, and no more than 24 living members, or Companions.

Garter Day 2019 took place yesterday at Windsor Castle and was attended by the Queen, Prince Charles, Prince William along with other members of the Royal Family. For further information on Garter Day 2019, please click here. 

Book your Garden Tour Today…

New for this season, you can now pre-book a guided tour of the Garden with our Head Gardener, Andrew. The tours will last approximately 75 minutes and can be booked to take place from Tuesday-Friday, starting from 10am-2.30pm.

The Garden is an unmissable treat of tranquillity for any green-fingered enthusiasts and there is no better way to explore it than with the Head Gardener of Hatfield House. The Garden dates back to the early 17th century, when Robert Cecil employed John Tradescant the Elder to collect plants from all over Europe for his new home. The trees, bulbs, plants and fruit trees, which had never before been grown in England, have crafted the inspiring and fragrant gardens you can enjoy today.

Tours of the East Garden (Private Garden) at Hatfield House are also available on Wednesdays.

Simply visit our Group Bookings page for further details, or call 01707 287 010 or email visitors@hatfield-house.co.uk and we’ll help you plan your visit.

Special Offer- The Favourite Exhibition & ONE Nights stay at Lawn House

You now have the chance to see some of the most iconic costumes from the film, in the very rooms which were used for The Favourite. Complete your visit with an overnight stay at Lawn House which is located in the stunning grounds of Hatfield House.

The Favourite Costume Exhibition & 1 night stay at Lawn House guesthouse in the grounds of Hatfield House – £105

What’s included:
– Double or Twin room at Lawn House
– Glass of prosecco served in your room
– Breakfast
– Entrance to the House, Garden, Park and Woodland Walks (please see opening times for full details, you can choose to use the ticket on the day of your arrival or the following day subject to the house being open)

T & C’s

Increase your stay to two nights for an additional £80.00 per night
Dependant on availability
Bookings between 1st May – 13th June 2019
Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday nights only
Direct bookings only
Contact: 01707 267 329 or enquiries@lawn-house.com

 

For further information please see the Lawn House website by clicking here.

Hill End House, Hill End, Hatfield, AL9 5PR

Returning to the estate after 20 years, Hill End House is a beautiful 7 bedroom family home and sits in just over 2 acres of gardens overlooking open farmland.

Two formal reception rooms, dining room, large kitchen with aga and French doors to terrace. 7 bedrooms (one en-suite) and several supporting rooms, including games room and summerhouse.

There is extensive outdoor space consisting of three stables, large mezzanine double garage, outbuildings and an established orchard, paddock, rose garden, and formal lawns.

There is the opportunity to include a two bedroom cottage in the let which sits on the boundary and has the can be connected by a passage way to Hill End House.

Rent £7,000 pcm to include House, Cottage and weekly gardening services.

 

For further information please call 01707 287000

The Coronation of Queen Anne

This week marks 317 years since the coronation of Queen Anne and visitors to Hatfield House have the chance to view the very throne which was created for Queen Anne’s coronation back in 1702.

The throne is on display in the North Gallery for the 2019 season and between May 1st and 16th June, the costume worn by Olivia Coleman who played Queen Anne in the Oscar Award winning ‘The Favourite’ will be on display along side it.

Mothers Day – Afternoon Tea in the Old Palace

Enjoy our Mothers Day afternoon tea in the Old Palace on Sunday 31st March.

Tables available at either 2.00pm or 4.00pm.

Afternoon Tea Menu

Selection of finger sandwiches
Smoked salmon and cream cheese
Coronation chicken
Cucumber
Macaroon selection
Chocolate pastry petit fours
Victoria sponge squares
Individual sultana scone served with Devonshire clotted cream and English strawberry jam, Tea, coffee, fruit and herbal infusions.

 

Prices: £25 per person or £35 per person with a glass of Prosecco and a top up.

To book please call Hatfield House Hospitality on 01707 287003 or email hatfieldhospitality@compass-group.co.uk

Gin and Jazz

Join us at the River Cottage for an evening of Gin & Jazz in partnership with Pinkster Gin.

The evening of fabulous food, Pinkster Gin and jazz music will be taking place again on Friday 6th September. Your ticket will include the following:

Start the night off right with a Pinkster ‘Gin ‘N’ Jam’ cocktail upon arrival.
You will then be shown to your table by your host, who will talk you through the food and plans for the evening ahead, before serving your canapé plate.

Canapé Plate
• British Asparagus wrapped in Venison & Green Pepper Salami with Pinkster Gin Jam
• Pinkster Gin & Tonic cured Salmon, Pickled Lemon Mayonnaise
• Goats Cheesecake, Red Onion Marmalade & Basil

Light Bite Sharing Platter
Leek, smoked cheddar and Somerset cider rarebit
Roast beetroot, pickled pear, walnut and smoked onion salad with roast garlic and tahini dressing

Charred veggies:
o Asparagus
o Purple Sprouting
o Roasted Carrots
o Sea Kale
o St George Mushrooms
o Elder Flower garnish
o Flat Breads

Dips:
o Whipped Goats Cheese
o Cauliflower, Mushroom and Red Onion Hummus

Main Sharing Platter
Merguez Pulled Lamb Shoulder slow roast onions, rhubarb sauce, pickled red cabbage, cider raisin and parsley salad
Properly grass-fed beef slider, pickled cucumbers
Spring Onion and Halloumi Bruschetta
Bite size Bubble & Squeak Cakes, Poached egg

Sides
• Potato wedges topped with bacon slow cooked onions and local cheese
• Beetroot Falafels
• Vegetarian Scotch Eggs
• Flat Bread
• Charred spring veggies (baby leeks, baby gem, Radicchio)
Sauces
• Mustard Dipping Sauce
• Pinkster Gin Jam
• Sweet Pea and Spinach Pesto
• Carrot and Saffron Salsa

2 Gin Cocktails are included in the price of your ticket and further speciality cocktails will be available to purchase from our cocktail bar.
PINKSTER will be on hand all evening providing sampling and information. You may even want to buy a bottle to take home for that big summer BBQ.
Enjoy fabulous music from our Jazz Trio in the beautiful Stable Yard setting on a spring evening at River Cottage, Hatfield House.

To Book:

Please contact Hatfield House Hospitality to book: hatfieldhospitality@compass-group.co.uk / 01707 287 003

PARKING & DIRECTIONS

All parking is free of charge and will be in our main visitors car park known as George’s Car Park (AL9 5HX). Please click here to view details on how to find us

It is then a short walk from George’s Car Park (2)  to the Riding School (12), please click here to view our Estate & Facilities map

Mother’s Day Floral Workshop with Michelle Rose

Learn how to make a beautiful vase display this Mother’s Day whilst enjoying tea and cake at the Stable Yards new boutique florist, Michelle Rose Flowers.

Please email or call for more information and to book: info@michelleroseevents.com / 07474 959 519

Adult & Child Easter Flower Workshops

Join Michelle Rose in the Stable Yard on Saturday 6th April for her adult and child spring flower workshops.

Children will be taught how to create their very own Easter dream catcher & feather wand, whilst parents can create a beautiful spring door wreath to take home.

All materials, refreshments and Easter treats are included. The workshops are suitable for 6 years and older.

Join Michelle for a Children’s dream catcher and feather wand workshop at either 12pm-2pm or 2:30pm-4:30 pm for £25.
Adults can learn how to create the perfect spring door wreath between 12pm-2pm for £55.

Please book in advance. For further details and to book, please contact Michelle on- info@michelleroseevents.co.uk or 07474959519.

Luna Cinema

Join us for an evening under the stars with a choice of 3 fantastic films including The Greatest Showman, Dirty Dancing and the Oscar Award winning The Favourite which was filmed at Hatfield House itself!

The Favourite – Thursday 22nd August- Click here to book tickets

The Greatest Showman- Friday 23rd August – Click here to book ticket

Dirty Dancing- Saturday 24th August Click here to book tickets

Entrance will be permitted from 6:45pm each evening, film showings will start when it is dark enough, this approximately being 8:15pm. Viewers are welcome to bring low back chairs, picnics and blankets as well as being advised to dress warmly.

As always, The Luna Cinema audiences are welcome to bring along picnics to screenings. However, all events will have fantastic hot food for sale and a full bar on site, in partnership with headline bar sponsors, Estrella Damm. Premium tickets are available at all screenings, which include a branded director’s chair in prime position in the arena, fast track access and a complimentary drink at the Luna Bar.

The event will always go ahead in the event of bad weather. Please check the weather forecast in advance and be prepared for the Great British Summer. Screenings will only be cancelled if the weather conditions present a danger at screening time. Patrons accept the risk that the weather they consider unsatisfactory, may occur on a screening night, and acknowledge that tickets will not be exchanged or refunded unless a screening is cancelled by The Luna Cinema. In the unlikely event that a screening is cancelled, The Luna Cinema will aim to give as much notice as possible, so please keep an eye out for information on The Luna Cinema Website, click here.

LUNA CINEMA PUBLIC VEHICLE & PEDESTRIAN ENTRANCE

The entrance for both vehicles and pedestrian attendees will be opposite Hatfield Train Station, known as Station Lodge (AL9 5AE). For directions please click here.

PARKING

ALL PARKING WILL BE ON FLAT, GRASS OPEN PARKLAND FOR LUNA CINEMA

Event parking is adjacent to the event site, disabled parking will be arranged close to the event site entrance.

While we do hope for good weather it is advisable to wear appropriate footwear for walking on the grass fields.

TICKET ENQUIRIES

All ticket enquiries will need to be directed to the Luna Cinema on info@thelunacinema or 0844 858 6767

OVERNIGHT ACCOMODATION ON SITE

Why not stay on the estate at our recently opened boutique guesthouse, Lawn House is just a 15 minute walk from the event site. For enquiries or to book your room please contact enquiries@lawn-house.com or 01707 287 026

www.lawn-house.com

CATERING

For enquiries with regards to catering stalls at Luna Cinema please email info@thelunacinema.com

MORE INFO

For more information on Luna Cinema please visit www.thelunacinema.com or FAQ’s

Black day at Blackawton Manor

Join us at Hatfield House for another evening of excellent entertainment at the latest Murder Mystery Dining Experience.

In 1925, the country house of Blackawton Manor has been stood empty for some time, owned by James Warbuton, as succesful music production who escape from ‘the troubles’ in Ireland. Shortly after arriving to Blackawton Manor, his wife Adrienne died in suspicious circumstances and Warbuton eloped to travel the world and recover, meeting his second wife, the young American jazz singer Charlotte Baker along the way.
Tonight in October 1930, James returns once more to Blackawton Manor and has held a party in celebration of his return. What should be a joyous occasion has deteriorated into something of a nightmare as tensions begin to mound and hidden secrets are exposed. Perhaps the first Mrs Warburton has come to seek her revenge on Blackawton Manor? As the nights turn colder, all is not well in this home. An Inspector is on the case and tonight they seek your help to find out what happened that fateful day in 1925. But can you catch the killer?

Can you catch the killer? Join Moonstone Theatre London and Hatfield House in the Riding School at 7pm for an evening packed with clues, plot-twists, suspicious suspects and surprises, complete with a 3 Course Dinner served from 8pm onwards. Dinner and drinks details to shortly follow.

BOOKINGS

Bookings are strictly to be made in advance of the event. Tables can be seated up to 10 people, smaller groups will be seated together where possible. Full payment is required on confirmation.

For further details and all bookings please contact the Hatfield House Hospitality team on 01707 287 003 or hatfieldhospitality@compass-group.co.uk

DRESS CODE

Guests are encouraged to dress formally for the evening.

PARKING & DIRECTIONS

All parking is free of charge and will be in our main visitors car park known as George’s Car Park (AL9 5HX). Please click here to view details on how to find us

It is then a short walk from George’s Car Park (2)  to the Riding School (12), please click here to view our Estate & Facilities map

Killer at the Casino- Murder Mystery Dining Experience

The mean streets of Chicago were never a safe place to take the family, gangsters roam every corner, turning tricks for the likes of Capone to save themselves sleeping with the fishes. The Casinos were no exception. However, in Capone’s recent assassination order, the police caught wind and intercepted, only they were just slightly too late. Police have rounded up the infamous gang and are determined to figure out who killed off the blackjack dealer before it’s too late.
If you fancy a trip to the Casino, then it’s time to roll your lucky dice, put on your white spats, flapper dresses and triblys ready to see if you can crack the case. But be Warned: No matter what you do, the house always wins…

Can you catch the killer? Join Moonstone Theatre London and Hatfield House in the Riding School at 7pm for an evening packed with clues, plot-twists, suspicious suspects and surprises, complete with a 3 Course Dinner served from 8pm onwards. Dinner and drinks details to shortly follow.

BOOKINGS

Bookings are strictly to be made in advance of the event. Tables can be seated up to 10 people, smaller groups will be seated together where possible. Full payment is required on confirmation.

For further details and all bookings please contact the Hatfield House Hospitality team on 01707 287 003 or hatfieldhospitality@compass-group.co.uk

DRESS CODE

Guests are encouraged to dress formally for the evening.

PARKING & DIRECTIONS

All parking is free of charge and will be in our main visitors car park known as George’s Car Park (AL9 5HX). Please click here to view details on how to find us

It is then a short walk from George’s Car Park (2)  to the Riding School (12), please click here to view our Estate & Facilities map

Murder in Hollywood- Murder Mystery Dining Experience

July 1938, the day after the annual academy awards show in Hollywood. The parties have been in full swing all night with winner celebrating and losers drowning their sorrows. However, all is not well in Tinseltown as one of last night’s award winners is discovered murdered in a nearby hotel with his own award. But who would want to take out this Best Newcomer, and why? Police have narrowed down the suspects to the other four award nominees and, as luck would have it, master super sleuther Miss Jane Rutherford is nearby and has been asked to investigate.
Now as the martini’s hangovers begin to kick in and Miss Rutherford’s notepad is at the ready, the clock is ticking to crack the case. Which one of these actors is bitter from being shun from the spotlight? Who was the figure lurking in the shadows? All of this must be deduced, along with your help before the final credits roll.
Join Moonstone Theatre London and Hatfield House in the Riding School at 7pm for an evening of Hollywood glamour, packed with clues, plot-twists, suspicious suspects and surprises, complete with a 3 Course Dinner served from 8pm onwards. Dinner and drinks details to shortly follow.

BOOKINGS

Bookings are strictly to be made in advance of the event. Tables can be seated up to 10 people, smaller groups will be seated together where possible. Full payment is required on confirmation.

For further details and all bookings please contact the Hatfield House Hospitality team on 01707 287 003 or hatfieldhospitality@compass-group.co.uk

DRESS CODE

Guests are encouraged to dress formally for the evening.

PARKING & DIRECTIONS

All parking is free of charge and will be in our main visitors car park known as George’s Car Park (AL9 5HX). Please click here to view details on how to find us

It is then a short walk from George’s Car Park (2)  to the Riding School (12), please click here to view our Estate & Facilities map

Malice in Wonderland- Murder Mystery Dining Experience

It’s Saturday night and members of the Hatfield Amateur Drama Society are excited to be opening their production of ‘Alice in Wonderland’ at the Barn Theatre in Welwyn Garden City. In anticipation they have rushed over to the pre-show party at Hatfield, so much so they’ve forgotten to take off their costumes from the final dress rehearsal.
The cast however are stopped in their tracks as a police officer arrives with tragic news. D.I Ruthford informs the cast that their beloved director has been found dead in the theatre and it’s off with their heads for one of them!
Although these actors may appear shocked, these am-drammers are hiding more than their script behind the scenes. The white rabbit’s pocket watch starts ticking and D.I Rutherford must solve the case before the final curtain falls.

Tonight, you are the detectives, and it’s your job to crack the case before it’s too late. Can you catch the killer?
Join Moonstone Theatre London and Hatfield House in the Riding School at 7pm for an evening packed with clues, plot-twists, suspicious suspects and surprises, complete with a 3 Course Dinner served from 8pm onwards. Dinner and drinks details to shortly follow.

BOOKINGS

Bookings are strictly to be made in advance of the event. Tables can be seated up to 10 people, smaller groups will be seated together where possible. Full payment is required on confirmation.

For further details and all bookings please contact the Hatfield House Hospitality team on 01707 287 003 or hatfieldhospitality@compass-group.co.uk

DRESS CODE

Guests are encouraged to dress formally for the evening.

PARKING & DIRECTIONS

All parking is free of charge and will be in our main visitors car park known as George’s Car Park (AL9 5HX). Please click here to view details on how to find us

It is then a short walk from George’s Car Park (2)  to the Riding School (12), please click here to view our Estate & Facilities map

As seen on-screen in the BAFTA Award winning film, The Favourite

Congratulations are in order as The Favourite took home an amazing 7 BAFTA Award wins, including best actress, best British film, best production design, best supporting actress, best original screenplay and best costume design. More recently Olivia Colman was named ‘Best Actress’ at this year’s Oscars.

We were delighted to welcome the talented cast and crew of The Favourite to Hatfield House for filming last year and the entire team at Hatfield are immensely proud to have been part of such an amazing production  “It is fantastic to be able to say that Hollywood arrived here at the Estate!”- Sarah Cardall-Spawforth, Senior Operations Manager.

Approximately 85% of the film was shot at Hatfield House and are we are delighted with how stunning Hatfield looks in the multiple scenes. Those visitors who are familiar with the House will notice some significant changes made to the both the interior and exterior of the building.  The transformation of the House saw secret passages and doorways being added and King James’s Drawing Room and the Library in particular were subject to a number of additions and alterations.

Hatfield House can be seen on-screen in a number of other popular films and television series, including:

Trust (2018)

All the Money in the World (2017)

Wonder Woman (2017)

The Crown (2016)

Paddington (2014)

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2 (2011)

The King’s Speech (2010)

Hot Fuzz (2006)

Batman Begins (2005)

Charlie & the Chocolate Factory (2004)

Band of Brothers (2000)

  • Hatfield House:
  • OPEN 11am-3:30pm (last entry 2:30pm)
  • West Garden:
  • OPEN 10:30am-5pm
  • East Garden:
  • CLOSED
  • Restaurant:
  • OPEN 10am-5pm
  • Stable Yard:
  • OPEN 10am-5pm
  • Hatfield Park Farm:
  • OPEN 10am-5pm (last entry 4pm)
The First Signs of Autumn… - Hatfield House

The First Signs of Autumn…

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