Celebrate Yorkshire Day in the historic grounds of Kiplin Hall & Gardens

  • 28 Jul 2020
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Surrounded by 400 years' worth of history visitors can celebrate Yorkshire Day at a special evening opening of Kiplin Hall & Gardens this Saturday 1st August. Guests can enjoy pizza topped with Yorkshire made cheeses and locally grown herbs, hot from the woodfired ovens of the family run firm Proper Pizzas. Fresh strawberries and cream for pudding, and drinks from the pop-up bar will also be for sale. The historic house and grounds will be open to explore until 8pm.

Kiplin Hall was home to four families over 400 years, grounded in North Yorkshire they made their marks around the globe. The house and its contents tell the stories of their adventures at home and abroad. The grounds depict a classic rural Yorkshire landscape, including lush woodland, lakeside paths, and open parkland with grazing sheep. The formal gardens and rolling lawns alongside the productive walled garden create an idyllic Yorkshire country retreat.

Despite the pandemic and temporary closure of Kiplin during the lockdown, visitors have been allowed in the grounds since early June, and the house in early July. The Tea Room has remained closed, but this has opened up opportunities to the museum, like working in partnership with local firm Proper Pizzas to offer a take away pizza picnic service on site. Proper Pizzas owners Mark and Emma Craggs have specially converted a horse box trailer and equipped it with an authentic wood fired pizza oven.

Kiplin’s curator, Sarah Mayhew Craddock comments “As a passionate horse rider, an industrious individual and having nursed soldiers on the Austro-Italian border in WWII Bridget Talbot (the last owner of Kiplin Hall, credited with saving it for the nation) would have thoroughly approved of a horse-trailer pizza company on her drive!”

Previous residents of Kiplin Hall with an Italian connection are also sure to approve of the event. Christopher Crowe purchased Kiplin Hall in 1722 and his descendants owned the house for 100 years. Aged just twenty-three, in 1705, he was appointed as British Consul at Livorno (or Leghorn) on the west coast of Italy near Florence. He was a successful merchant owning 5 ships with which he traded goods around Europe. He amassed quite a fortune and a substantial collection of paintings and art from the Continent. Some of which can be seen at Kiplin Hall today. In 1715 he married Lady Charlotte Lee, the widow of George Calvert’s great-grandson, thus beginning his connection to Kiplin. It was from Lady Charlotte’s son, that he bought the Hall in 1722.

Kiplin’s Director, James Etherington is looking forward to the event “Staff and volunteers at Kiplin have worked hard to reopen the site once lockdown restrictions were eased. Visitors have coped brilliantly with the new measures we have put in place, like one-way systems and hand washing stations, as well as following social distancing guidelines. We hope many of our local visitors can join us on Saturday evening to celebrate and relax after such strange times in the last few months. Those people who have visited us in June and July will benefit from free entry to the event as our new tickets are all valid for a year.”

Kiplin Hall & Gardens is located half way between Richmond and Northallerton. Entry to the Hall and Grounds is £12 for adults, £6 children (under 5s free) and tickets are valid for 12 months, with tickets for concessions and families available. For more info visit www.kiplinhall.co.uk

Top image: Visitors to Kiplin enjoying an Italian favourite served outside from a converted horse box by Proper Pizzas.

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