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Adult and family learning: Summer programme 2011

By on June 15, 2011

Unwind with Tatton Park’s summer learning activities. The 1,000 acre parkland is the perfect setting for a number of walks and workshops on offer to help you explore this stunning natural habitat and benefit from a breath of fresh air!

From lectures, talks and tours to practical sessions in watercolour painting or learning the skill of the English longbow, there are more than 60 specialist adult and family learning activities taking place at Tatton in 2011.

Many adult learning activities are centred upon the 1,000 acre parkland.  Ever popular is the opportunity to get up close and (not quite) personal with Tatton’s famous deer herd on a deer walk, or feed and trailer ride.  These fascinating animals played a starring role in BBC Northwest Tonight’s Walk on the Wild Side programme throughout 2010.

Coming soon this summer are two parkland walks accompanied by rangers.  Strap on your boots on Tuesday, June 28 for a walk to learn more about Tatton’s red and fallow deer herds.  On Wednesday, June 29 join the rangers on a summer stroll to appreciate the wildflowers in bloom and learn more about the diverse insect life of the parkland.

If you need more of an adrenaline rush to help you unwind join the experts at the Old Hall in a lesson in the English longbow.  The Tudor Old Hall provides a wonderful setting for you to try your hand at this historic weapon.  At almost 6ft long, this powerful bow – traditionally made of yew, ash or elm – sets a challenge for your aim and arm. The next ‘introduction to longbow’ class takes place on Sunday, June 26.

Learning and visitor services manager Lynn Podmore said: “If you are struggling to entertain your children in the summer holidays or looking for an opportunity to try a new activity in an inspiring location, then there could be an activity for you at Tatton Park.

“The learning department has put together a range of sessions to cater for young and old alike – from fun history taster sessions, creative classes, ranger walks, talks and much more. With approximately 1,000 individuals participating per year, activities are selling out fast. We hope to see you here soon.”

Upcoming Adult & Family Learning Events:

Longbow at the Old Hall: Sunday, June 26 and Sunday, August 7.
10.30am-1pm or 2pm-4.30pm.  Minimum age 18. £23 per person.

Set in the Old Hall’s medieval grounds, an atmospheric setting to experience the ancient craft and skill of shooting with the English longbow. An ideal introduction for beginners.

Summer deer walk: Tuesday, June 28 and Tuesday, July 5.
7.30pm-9.30pm. £6 per person.

For centuries the red and fallow deer at Tatton have roamed freely over 1,000 acres of beautiful parkland.  Join the rangers for guided evening walks of the summer parkland. If you are lucky, observe new-born fawns and calves.

Wildflowers and insect walk: Wednesday, June 29
10am-noon.  £6 per person.

A summer stroll in the parkland and ‘off limit’ areas for a close look at some insect life and also to appreciate wildflowers in bloom, including orchids.

Photo shoot: Monday, July 4
10am-noon.  £15 per person.

You will have unique access to some of the state rooms in the mansion and be able to capture detailed close-ups of furniture, carvings and textiles or the scale of the rooms as a whole.  Some limitations apply.

Booking is essential for all.  For more information and to book, please call 01625 374428 or email


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