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February 2014

Sunday 16th & Sunday 23rd
11.00am - 3.00pm

Snowdrops and Spring Walk

NEW FOR 2014! A chance to see the snowdrops, bulbs and spring flowers in the Woodland Garden and along the banks.

Refreshments including toasted tea cakes and delicious cream teas will be available in the Victorian dining room. The Museum of Rural Life will also be open throughout.

Dogs welcome on leads in the gardens and museum.

Admission:  Adults  £3.50  |  Seniors  £3.00  |  Children (11-18)  £1.50

 


APRIL 2014

Easter Sunday 20 and Easter Monday 21
10.00am - 4.00pm

Antique and Collectors Fair

Browse at your leisure through a wide variety of quality antiques, furniture, porcelain, collectables, jewellery, books, pictures and many other specialist items. Relax with a drink and a bite to eat.

The Antiques & Collector's Fair is being organised by Antiques2Go who run a weekly Antiques Flea Market in Towcester and local auctions in Bugbrooke and Moreton Pinkney, Northamptonshire. This year's fairs will see lots of new stalls as well as many old favourites. With bargains available to suit every pocket, there is something for everyone this Easter. Free car parking and free programme.

For more information or to book a stall ring Antiques2Go on 01327 871797 or visit www.antiques2go.co.uk 


MAY 2014

Sunday 4 and Bank Holiday Monday 5
10.00am - 5.00pm

Art, Craft & Design Fair

A fantastic opportunity to pick up some unique handcrafted products and design tips.

With high quality stalls, cream teas and other refreshments, and free car parking a visit to the fair is the perfect way to spend the bank holiday.

Held in the former stable block of Lamport Hall with over 60 stalls showcasing handmade wares from regional artists, craft workers and designers including artwork, decorative glassware, jams, chutneys and fudge, home ware and other crafts. Browse a variety of beautiful products, perfect for that unique gift or a treat for yourself. In addition discover traditional rural crafts, the expertise required to handcraft a pair of shoes and enjoy artists at work and live music. 

The Hall & Gardens will also be open both days between 2pm and 5pm, last admission at 4.15pm (under separate admission). 

Disabled parking and toilets are available. Please note that although the event is held mostly on one level, there are some gravel paths and cobbled areas in the stables. There are also gravelled paths in the gardens.   

Please note that credit/debit cards cannot be used at the entrance ticket wagon. Individual stall holders may take cards but not all are able to. The nearest cash machine is in Brixworth village. 

Admission:

Adults: £4.00

Seniors: £3.50

Children (11-16): £2.00

Children under 11 are free. Ticket price includes entry to the Woodland Garden.

Dogs are welcome on leads.

For more information please telephone Lamport Hall on 01604 686272 or email admin@lamporthall.co.uk

Tuesday 20
11.00am

9th Annual Lecture

Title: The Medieval Hall House: its Life & Times in Yorkshire

Speaker: Dr Jane Grenville, Pro-Vice-Chancellor, University of York

Dr Jane Grenville FSA MIFA IHBC specialises in the archaeology of buildings, heritage policy and the conservation of historic structures. She took her first degree (BA in Archaeology and Anthropology) at Cambridge (1977-80) and holds a PhD by publications from York (2005).  Formerly a 'dirt' archaeologist with extensive field experience in the UK, Europe, Syria and Libya, she moved into the world of standing buildings and conservation as a field worker on the listed buildings resurvey 1984-7, then researcher for the Rows Research Project in Chester. From 1988-1991 she was Historic Buildings Officer for the Council for British Archaeology and an English Heritage Commissioner from 2001-2008.

Dr Grenville is the author of Medieval Housing (1997) and editor of Managing the Historic Rural Landscape (1999). She chairs of the Casework Committee of the Council for British Archaeology and a Trustee of York Civic Trust. We look forward to welcoming her to Lamport for what promises to be an enlightening lecture.

Booking Essential. Tickets are £10.00.

To book telephone 01604 686272

Sunday 25 and Bank Holiday Monday 26
10.00am - 5.00pm

Festival Of Country Life

A fantastic day out for all the family - something for everyone!

Craft stalls – Antiques stalls – Food Hall – Refreshments – Entertainment - Displays

The Edwardian Stable Block will house more than 50 craft and antiques stalls, plus a dedicated Food Hall.

Enjoy a cream tea in the Stableyard!

In the glorious parkland surrounding the Hall you can enjoy numerous exhibits and displays, from falconry and owls to working horses and hounds.

Visit the Museum of Rural Life and learn how our food was harvested in the old days.

A chance to see vintage tractors and steam engines in action.

See how traditional rural crafts like basket making and spoon making are being kept alive.

NANNA will be attending and organising a Fun Dog Show on both days. All entrants welcome!

ARENA PROGRAMME – SUNDAY
 
10:00 am Tractor Antics
10:50 am Grafton and District Scouts on Parade
11:10 am Horse Harnessing Demonstration with Pete Vale
11:30 am Sheepdog and Ducks display
12 noon Hawkeye Falconry Display
12:40 pm Parade of Large and Miniature Steamers
1:10 pm Parade of Military and Commercial Vehicles
1:40 pm Parade of Classic Cars and Motorcycles
2:10 pm Grafton and District Scouts on Parade
2:30 pm Pipewell Foot Beagles
3:00 pm Horse Harnessing Demonstration with Pete Vale
3:20 pm Hawkeye Falconry Display
4:00pm Sheepdog and Ducks display
4:30 pm Parade of Tractors
5:00 pm Tractor Road Run
 
 
ARENA PROGRAMME – MONDAY
 
10:00 am Tractor Antics
10:50 am Grafton and District Scouts on Parade
11:10 am Horse Harnessing Demonstration with Pete Vale
11:30 am Sheepdog and Ducks display
12 noon Hawkeye Falconry Display
12:40 pm Parade of Large and Miniature Steamers
1:10 pm Parade of Military and Commercial Vehicles
1:40 pm Parade of Tractors
2:10 pm Grafton and District Scouts on Parade
2:30 pm Pytchley Hounds
3:00 pm Horse Harnessing Demonstration with Pete Vale
3:20 pm Hawkeye Falconry Display
4:00pm Sheepdog and Ducks display
4:30 pm Parade of Classic Cars and Motorcycles
 

All these times are approximate and are subject to change.

The event is run by Lamport Enterprises Limited in conjunction with the Hannington Vintage Tractor Club.

Dogs are welcome on leads. 

Disabled toilets are available at the house and also on the main rally field. Disabled parking available. Please note that although the event is held mostly on one level, the majority of the event is based in the main rally field which is grass. There are some gravelled paths. There are also gravelled paths in the gardens. 

Please note that credit/debit cards cannot be used at the entrance ticket wagon. Individual stall holders may take cards but not all are able to. The nearest cash machine is in Brixworth village. 

Admission:

Adults: £8.00

Seniors: £7.00

Children (11-16): £5.00

Family (2 adults & 2 children):  £22.00

Children under 11 are free.

Trade application form         Exhibitor appilcation form

For more information telephone Lamport Hall on 01604 686272 or e-mail admin@lamporthall.co.uk

 

JUNE 2014

Sunday 1

Northants Ultra 35 mile Race

Starting and finishing at Lamport Hall, the Northants UIltra 35 is now in its fourth year and forms part of the UK Ultra running championships. The 35 mile race is organiser on behalf of the charity Teach Africa and attracts 150 athletes, many experiencing an ultra run for the first time.

The race follows a 35 mile loop, taking in some of the most interesting country houses and historical sites in Northamptonshire, including Naseby, Althorp and Cottesbrooke Hall.

Organiser: Steve Adams
For more information telephone Steve Adams on 07711945963 or visit http://gobeyondultra.co.uk/events/northants_ultra_shires_and_spires and http://teach-africa.org/northants_ultra_35_2014
 
 

Tuesday 10
10.00am - 3.00pm

University Of Leicester Study Day

Title: Incompetent Architects, Over Enthusiastic Wives & Eccentric Husbands: the Architecture of the Nineteenth Century Northamptonshire Country House

Speaker: Megan Leyland, University of Leicester

Lecture 1

A Happy Marriage: Gender and Architecture at Lamport Hall

Lecture 2

Built under ‘Petticoat Government’: a reassessment of the ‘failure’ of Overstone Hall

Lecture 3

‘Blame without a cause’: Architect - Patron Relations at Laxton Hall

This series of lectures is the culmination of my doctoral research on gender, patronage and architecture in the nineteenth century Northamptonshire country house. Through a series of case studies, the lectures will consider the impact of gender upon architecture, interrogate the processes of design and reassess a period of country house architecture presently under-represented in scholarship. The houses will be placed in the context of architectural developments in the nineteenth century, and a series of extraordinary relationships between patron and architects; husband and wife.

The first lecture will explore the impact of two architects of national importance, an architect of regional importance, an eccentric Baronet and devoted wife upon the architecture of Lamport Hall. The second will assess reasons behind the traditional view that the architecture of Overstone Hall was an ‘utter failure’. The final lecture will trace a sequence of arguments between the patron of Laxton Hall, George Freke Evans and the architect Humphrey Repton, which ultimately resulted in Repton’s dismissal. 

The lecture will take place in the Oak Room.

Booking Essential. Tickets are £40.00, including all refreshments. A discount applies for students studying for the MA in the Country House in Art, History and Literature.

To book telephone 01604 686272

Saturday 14
10.00am - 4.00pm

Drawing and Painting the Early Summer Landscape

A one-day course using various drawing and painting media to capture the morning and afternoon light on summer landscape, gardens and buildings. Work on a portfolio of sketches and ideas to develop later, or focus on one or two subjects in-depth.

Booking Essential. Tickets are £25.00.

Tutor: Pat Taylor
For more information please telephone Pat Taylor on 07843 175806

 

Tuesday 24
10.00am - 4.00pm

Simplifying Landscape in Watercolour

This workshop will study the importance of spatial design and managing stage and light within a medium.

Tutor: Catherine Staveley

Booking Essential.  Tickets are £25.

To book telephone 01604 781339


JULY 2014 

Monday 30 - Sunday 6
10.00am - 4.00pm

The Life and Works of 'BB' (Denys Watkins-Pitchford)

‘BB’ comes home to Lamport in this week-long public exhibition staged by the BB Society. 

A host of never before seen personal artefacts, original artworks and writings of ‘BB’ (Denys Watkins-Pitchford) the acclaimed Northamptonshire writer, illustrator and naturalist will be on show. Activities including guided expeditions, book readings and a Q&A session with those who knew and worked with BB are planned.

For more information telephone 0121 704 1002 or visit www.bbsociety.co.uk 

Friday 4
2.30pm - 4.30pm

Afternoon tea at Lamport

In aid of Lamport Church 

The friends of Lamport Church invite you to Afternoon Tea in a marquee within the grounds of Lamport Hall: 

  • A chance to explore the beautiful 10-acre gardens around the Hall
  • Raffle (1st prize £200 cash)
  • Tickets £10 per head, on sale now and on the day
  • For more information please contact Hilary on 01604 883512 or Margaret on 01604 880259

Saturday 5
6.30pm Gates open 5.30pm

Live theatre in the gardens (or marquee)

"Merchant of Venice" by william shakespeare

Live Performance by The Rain or Shine Theatre Company

From the merchants, who trade and barter on the Rialto, to a young Venetian’s choice of a metal casket in Belmont, which could win him the hand of an heiress, Shakespeare weaves a web of romantic intrigue, cunning duplicity and comical foolery.

The scene is thus set for: 

‘The most excellent Historie of the Merchant of Venice… With the extreme crueltie of Shylocke the Iewe towards the sayd Merchant, in cutting a iust pound of his flesh; and the obtaining of Portia by the choyse of three chests.’ 

But, is the Jew, Shylock, really that cruel? Are the merchants trading on the Rialto as respectable as they claim to be? Is the young man choosing between gold, silver and lead caskets, a fortune hunter or a love-struck romantic? And who is the unknown lawyer pleading for the life of the unfortunate merchant? All will be revealed...   

Tickets in Advance: Adult £13.00, OAP £12.00, Children (5-18) £7.00

Tickets on the Gate: Adult £15.00, OAP £14.00, Children (5-18) £9.00

Please bring low back garden chairs and a picnic. Advance ticket booking closes at 3.30pm on Friday 4th July. Please note we are unable to accept card payments on the gate.

**Please note that we have now reached our capacity for the marquee. In the event of bad weather we cannot guarantee everyone covered seating**

For tickets please telephone Lamport Hall on 01604 686272.

Sunday 6
2.00pm - 5.00pm Gates open 1.00pm

Traditional jazz live in the gardens (or marquee)

with Annie Hawkins' Jazz Men

Getting tapping to traditional style jazz. The perfect way to spend a summer's afternoon!

Tickets in Advance: Adult £10.00, OAP £9.00, Children (5-18) £7.00

Tickets on the Gate: Adult £12.00, OAP £11.00, Children (5-18) £9.00

Please bring low back garden chairs and a picnic. Please note we are unable to accept card payments on the gate.

For tickets please telephone Lamport Hall on 01604 686272.

 

Tuesday 15
10.00am - 3.00pm

University Of Leicester Study Day

Title: Servicing the Country House

Tutor: Professor Marilyn Palmer, Univeristy of Leicester

Lecture 1

The barrier of the baize door: communications between the household and its servants

Lecture 2

Feeding the household: innovations in cooking technology

Lecture 3

Baths, basins and WCs: water supply and sanitation 

‘The family constitute one community; the servants another. Whatever may be their mutual regard as dwellers under one roof, each class is entitled to shut its doors upon the other, and be alone’ (Robert Kerr, 1871).

Large service areas were often built onto country houses from the late 18th century onwards, often with more rooms than the country house itself. Finding servants when needed became a problem that was solved through the use of service bells, featured prominently in the Downton Abbey TV series, and, later, telephones. This study day will consider various aspects of the interactions between the household and the servants in country houses, looking at the evidence for communications, the cooking and serving of food and the creation of piped water supplies. The sessions will be illustrated from a wide range of houses which have been studied in the University of Leicester’s Country House Technology Project (http://www2.le.ac.uk/departments/archaeology/research/centre-for-historical-archaeology/research-1/country-house-technology). 

The lecture will take place in the Oak Room.

Booking Essential. Tickets are £40.00, including all refreshments. A discount applies for students studying for the MA in the Country House in Art, History and Literature.

To book telephone 01604 686272

 

AUGUST 2014

Saturday 9 and Sunday 10
10.00am - 4.00pm

drawing and Painting Summer Landscape

A two-day course offering more time for individual and group tuition in exploring landscape, gardens or buildings from close up and far away, building a successful composition, and developing personal interpretations using your chosen media. One-day students also welcome.

Booking Essential. Tickets are £25.00.

Tutor: Pat Taylor

To book please telephone 07843 175806

Sunday 24 and Bank Holiday Monday 25
10.00am - 4.00pm

Antique and Collectors Fair

Another chance to browse for a bargain through a wide variety of quality antiques, furniture, porcelain, collectables, jewellery, books, pictures and many other specialist items. With lots of stalls to choose from there should be something for everyone. Free car parking and free programme.

For more information or to book a stall ring Antiques2Go 01327 871797 or visit www.antiques2go.co.uk


SEPTEMBER 2014

Tuesday 2
10.00am - 4.00pm

Composition In Landscape

This workshop will analyse what makes a painting landscape successful. The tutor will show examples and the group will then move into the gardens to try out individually ideas explored together.

Booking Essential. Tickets are £25.00.

Tutor: Catherine Staveley

For booking please telephone 01604 781339

Tuesday 9
10.00am - 3.00pm

University of Leicester Study Day

Title: The Good, the Bad & the Objectionable: Eighteenth Century Country Houses' Architecture and Interiors

Speaker: Dr Peter Lindfield, University of St Andrews

Lecture 1

The Good: Classical architecture’s emergence and dominance under Lord Burlington, William Kent and Robert Adam 

Lecture 2

The Bad: scrolls, Francophile frippery and the rococo 

Lecture 3

The Objectionable: Gothic as ‘crinkle crankle’ or a romantic reconstruction? 

The eighteenth-century was a period of tremendous stylistic experimentation, and many aspects of the British country house, including its architecture, interior decoration and furniture, are testament to this. Architects, scholars and connoisseurs, with the intention of schooling patrons and the public in ‘good taste’, issued numerous tracts in support of Classical design. Despite opinion widely favouring Classicism, other styles — the Rococo, Gothic and Chinoiserie — took hold and proliferated.

These three lectures, based in part upon my doctoral research and teaching interests, disentangle the eighteenth-century’s stylistic traditions in architecture and applied art. They examine the reasons why Classical architecture was elevated to the ‘gold standard’ of taste, and the reasons why apparently ‘corrupt styles’, according to the supporters of Classical design, were adopted.

The lecture will take place in the Oak Room.

Booking Essential. Tickets are £40.00, including all refreshments. A discount applies for students studying for the MA in the Country House in Art, History and Literature.

To book telephone 01604 686272

Wednesday 17
10.00am - 3.00pm

Shakespeare In Music

The works of William Shakespeare have long been a source of inspiration for composers. Shakespearean song settings, operas and instrumental music feature prominently in Western classical music, from Henry Purcell's adaptation of A Midsummer Night's Dream to Leonard Bernstein's West Side Story. Through the study of musical compositions that employ Shakespeare's works as a basis for their content, this study day aims to develop attendees' general awareness of literature in music and the development of various musical genres.

For more information please visit www.dariovangammeren.com/events.php

Booking Essential. Tickets are £24.00.

Tutor: Dario van Gammeren, BMus, MMus, MPhil, PhD

For more information please contact mail@dariovangammeren.com or 07791110313

Saturday 20
10.00am - 4.00pm

drawing and Painting Autumn Landscape

Enjoy the splendour of texture, colour and form in the late summer gardens. Take points of view from close up or from a distance, interpreting different qualities of light on the landscape. Explore combinations of drawing and painting media in both quick sketches and more detailed studies.

Booking Essential. Tickets are £25.00.

Tutor: Pat Taylor
For booking please telephone 07843 175806

Sunday 21
10.00am - 4.00pm

cycle 4 cynthia

We are delighted that we shall be hosting Northamptonshire's favourite annual charity bike ride - Cycle 4 Cynthia 2014.

As one of the largest fundraising events in the county, this year's ride will again offer cyclists the chance to enjoy a choice of 5, 25 and 50 mile routes around the glorious villages of north and west Northamptonshire. 

Money raised from entries and sponsorship at this year's ride will benefit Cynthia Spencer Hospice in Northampton, which was named after the current Earl Spencer's grandmother, Lady Cynthia Spencer and which looks after around 400 in-patients and their families each year, and Kidsaid, the Northampton-based charity which supports children and young people who have suffered abuse, bereavement, bullying or family problems.

For more details please visit the Cycle 4 Cynthia website.

 

OCTOBER 2014

Saturday 11 and Sunday 12
10.00am - 5.00pm

Annual Gift and Craft Fair

This event is held in the former stable block of Lamport Hall. There are plenty of stalls located inside with a couple of stalls outside.

This Annual Gift and Craft Fair provides a fantastic opportunity for Christmas shopping or treating yourself.

Owls to Behold will be attending this event with a variety of owls on display.

This event has free parking and there are refreshments available to purchase.

Disabled parking is available and disabled toilets are available at the house. Please note that although the event is held mostly on one level, there are some gravelled and cobbled areas in the stables. There are also gravelled paths in the gardens.   

Please note that credit/debit cards cannot be used at the entrance ticket wagon. Individual stall holders may take cards but not all are able to. The nearest cash machine is in Brixworth village. 

For more information please telephone Lamport Hall on 01604 686272 or email admin@lamporthall.co.uk.

The Hall & Gardens will also be open both days between 2pm and 5pm under separate admission.

For more details on any of the above events please call the contact telephone number provided.

 

 

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