Visit to Renishaw Hall, Derbyshire

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Renishaw Hall is the home of Sir Reresby and Lady Sitwell and was described by Rex Whistler as ‘the most exciting place he knew’. It has been the seat of the Sitwells for centuries; perhaps the best known members of the family were the famous literary trio of Osbert, Edith and Sacheverell. As well as their own literary achievements, they patronised many artists and musicians including John Piper and William Walton.

Arrive at 10.30 for morning coffee and biscuits followed by a conducted tour around the house (splitting into two manageable sized groups).   Lunch will follow in the Gallery Caf consisting of a buffet of freshly poached salmon and roast gammon, assorted salads and hot new potatoes. (If you want a dessert, this is an optional extra at 2 per head, but see below for details about the tea to follow.) During the afternoon you will be free to wander through the formal Italianate gardens which were designed by Sir George Sitwell more than 100 years ago and in June there could be more than 1,000 roses to enjoy. In addition there is the Sitwell Museum with photographs by Cecil Beaton and the Sitwell Family film, the Performing Arts Gallery which has a new exhibition each season and the Piper Gallery. Finally cream tea will be served with cucumber sandwiches and scones with strawberry jam and fresh double cream.

A coach will leave Nottingham in the morning and collect further passengers at Southwell. It will repeat the trip in reverse at the end of the day.

Venue details

Renishaw Hall
Nr Sheffield Derbyshire Nottinghamshire