Family fun this month at Burghley House

Burghley fine food market EMN-150804-111144001
Burghley fine food market EMN-150804-111144001

Burghley House has a fun-filled programme of activities on offer for families to enjoy together this month.

These include a Tudor trick garden, a pop-up food market and a different spin on Burghley horsepower.

The magnificent building provides a spectacular backdrop for a visit to the Tudor-inspired Gardens of Surprise.

Based on a trick garden design by Elizabeth I’s closest minister, William Cecil, the first Lord Burghley, the garden boasts more than 30 water features.

Until Sunday, April 12 visitors will also have the opportunity to stroll the normally closed South Gardens with seasonal displays of Narcissi and spring bulbs, injecting formality into Capability’ Brown’s sweeping vistas beyond the garden.

New fountains have been added for this year, bringing a fresh perspective to the picturesque garden which will open from 11am to 4pm. Admission is included with a House and Gardens or Gardens only ticket or by donation.

Burghley’s Fine Food Market on Saturday, April 11 and Sunday, April 12 is one of four held at the House every year.

The pop-up traditional market stalls in the cobbled courtyard will feature 30 local suppliers selling regional produce such as handmade cheeses, artisan breads, organic vegetables, luxury sweet treats and rare breed meats from 10am to 4pm. Admission is free.

While Burghley is world famous for its Horse Trials each September, a different horsepower takes centre stage on Sunday, April 12 when the TVR Car Club gather in force at Burghley for their annual season opener.

A cross section of models, Club Shop and TVR related trade stands will be on show.

For full details of opening times, all events and to book online tickets, visit www.burghley.co.uk or call 01780 752451.

Burghley House has been the home of the Cecil Family for over 400 years and is England’s greatest Elizabethan House.

It is owned and maintained by Burghley House Preservation Trust, which looks after a huge collection of great works of art and also maintains a 13,000-acre estate including residential, commercial and agricultural lettings, woodland and Burghley Park, which is open daily at no charge.

The House is open from 11am to 5pm every day except Fridays until Sunday, November 1.