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Extended adult learning at Tatton park

By on January 11, 2013

Tatton's Container gardening courseTatton adds over 20 courses to its hugely popular Adult and Family Learning Programme for 2013.

If you are a budding Titchmarsh, Monet, Attenborough or Bailey, Tatton Park’s adult and family learning programme has a course or workshop for you.

From lectures, talks and tours to practical sessions in getting the most from your camera or the skill of the longbow – there are now over 80 adult and family learning activities taking place at Tatton in the coming year.

The rich diversity of the historic estate in rural Cheshire East provides a fantastic inspiration for and backdrop to these participatory events. Many are centred on the 2,000-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.

Following on from the success of past garden related courses the opportunity to develop new skills including growing vegetables, storage and preservation of your harvest and summer pruning are now available. The popularity of previous pig keeping and poultry rearing courses has prompted the highly knowledgeable farm staff to share their skills in grooming the farm’s heavy horses and keeping their flocks of sheep.

Mansion talks and tours this year give an intriguing insight in to the way Christmas was celebrated in Victorian houses (both upstairs and down!) and invite attendees to explore the etiquette and luxury of country house dining.

7 of this year’s courses have been inspired by Beatrix Potter and are offered as part of Tatton’s highlight event this year, The Magic of Beatrix Potter,  which runs from March 23rd to September 1st. Potter’s tales inspire a children’s bakery session in the mansion and storytelling and vegetable picking and cooking fun in the gardens. Other Potter workshops include dance, drama and song for children, Victorian cottage crafts and a watercolour workshop. There’s also the opportunity to hear more about the other fascinating aspects of Beatrix Potter’s life from National Trust experts of the author and her Hill Top farm.

Learning and Visitor Services Manager Vicky Stubbs said:“We have a fantastic programme of workshops and courses for 2013 – there really is something for everyone. Tatton’s richness and diversity provides a wonderful resource for learning new skills, trying out something different and inspiring creativity. We have all the old favourites and are excited to be launching lots of new activities too. Come and join in!”

Other new activities this year include children’s Survival Skills, Myth and Magic and Defence of the Realm at the Old Hall and a performing arts course for children.

For full information about Tatton’s programme of learning activities visit www.tattonpark.org.uk or call the education department on 01625 374428

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