Organised by the Worcestershire Volunteer Fundraising Committee

Melbourne Hall and The Portland Collection - overnight trip

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  • Overnight Trip |
  • Wednesday, 30 August 2017 - 14:30 until 15:00

This is a special opportunity to see two major collections that are only open to the public in August. The trip begins on Wednesday 30 August at Melbourne Hall, ancestral home of Lord and Lady Ralph Kerr. The private guided tour is at 2.30pm and an earlier arrival is strongly recommended as the garden, visitors centre and local market town are of great interest.

Considered to be one of the most exquisite smaller stately homes of England, Melbourne Hall’s collection includes wonderful family portraits, with works by Kneller and Lely, as well as important William and Mary and Georgian furniture. The garden is one of England’s best early 18th century designs, including a beautiful wrought iron arbour known as The Birdcage. Afterwards, the group will drive to Nottinghamshire, where optional overnight accommodation at the Clumber Park Hotel has been arranged at a special price. Alternatively people may wish to make private arrangements.  

The next morning, visit award-winning The Harley Gallery, which houses highlights from The Portland Collection and also exhibitions of modern art. From here buses will take two groups to Welbeck Abbey (departing 10am and 12pm), set in one of the UK’s great traditional estates, extending over 15,000 acres in Sherwood Forest. The Abbey was founded in 1153; Bess of Hardwick’s youngest son, Sir Charles Cavendish, acquired Welbeck in 1607, and since then it has remained in the family. The guided tour will take in the grand State Rooms and outstanding pieces from the Portland Collection, including works by Lely, Wootton and Reynolds. Architectural highlights include the Countess of Oxford’s soaring plasterwork ceiling in the Gothic Hall, and the Duchess of Portland’s grand reception rooms remodelled in 1905.

The event includes entry fees and private tours. Excludes meals and drinks however there is very good provision for these and other shopping in Melbourne and at the Harley Gallery. Optional accommodation at the Clumber Park Hotel, with dinner, bed and breakfast for a special price of £165 double or £125 single may be booked directly with the hotel (please request more details from the organiser below). Melbourne Hall and the Harley Gallery have disabled access but we regret that Welbeck Abbey involves stairs and there is no seating. 

This event has been organised by the Worcestershire Volunteer Fundraising Committee to help raise money for the Art Fund.

Venue details

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Nottinghamshire S80 3LW