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Calke Abbey House and Estate

 
 
 


Built for the Harpur family in 1703, Calke Abbey (often called The House That Time Forgot) has remained virtually unaltered since the death of the last baronet, Sir Vauncey Harpur Crewe in 1924. With peeling paintwork and overgrown courtyards, Calke Abbey tells the story of the dramatic decline of a country house estate. The house and stables are little restored, with many abandoned areas vividly portraying a period in the 20th century when numerous country houses did not survive to tell their story.

Discover the tales of an eccentric family who amassed a vast collection of hidden treasures. Visit the beautiful, yet faded, walled gardens and explore the orangery, auricula theatre and the kitchen gardens.

Owned and managed by the National Trust, Calke Abbey is set in beautiful parkland containing ponds, ancient oaks and open pasture.

Calke deer park contains a herd of over one hundred fallow and red deer. The large parkland trees scattered throughout the park are mainly oaks and are remnants of a vast forest that historically covered much of this area. These ‘veteran’ oaks are important for the invertebrates (beetles, flies and bugs) that thrive on them. This is because of the amount of dead timber that occurs both on standing trees and on fallen limbs or trunks on the ground.

Much of Calke Park is a National Nature Reserve (NNR) and Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI). Look out for parkland birds like nuthatch, tree-creeper, little owls and all three species of British woodpeckers. Within the park, areas of bracken are being controlled to allow grasses and herbs to come through. These areas are grazed by longhorn cattle during the autumn and part of the winter.

Toilets are open year round from dawn to dusk. Opening times for the restaurant, shop and Calke Abbey itself vary. Dogs are not permitted in the house or formal gardens but are allowed on leads within the estate.

Visit www.nationaltrust.org.uk/calke for details.


Description of Facilities

On site toilets, restaurant/cafe (seating 180), licensed bar, gift shop, picnic area, site ranger/tour guide available - pre booking required (please contact for prices).

Disabled Facilities:

Designated disabled toilets, designated disabled parking

Loads to see and do key

Accepts Credit Cards Accepts Credit Cards
Baby Changing Facilities Baby Changing Facilities
Car Parking Car Parking
Children Welcome Children Welcome
Children's Play Area Children's Play Area
Coach Parking Coach Parking
Disabled Parking Disabled Parking
Disabled Toilets Disabled Toilets
Dogs Allowed on Leads Only Dogs Allowed on Leads Only
Educational Activities Educational Activities
Gift Shop Gift Shop
Information Centre Information Centre
Licenced Licenced
Picnic Area Picnic Area
Toilets Toilets
VAQAS VAQAS
Walking Trails Walking Trails


Upcoming Events

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Ranger Ramble - The Ticknall Limeyards
03 March 2016
From 14:00

Join a ranger and find out about the Ticknall Limeyards and Tramway, two important areas of industrial archaeology, on the Calke Estate.  Meet at the ticket office for lthis brisk two hour walk.


Calke Alive 18th Century
12 March 2016
12:30 to 17:00

The house is in its heyday; come and see some of the visitors the family are entertaining and the staff that are looking after them.


Bonham's Valuation Day
16 March 2016
11:00 to 14:00

Bring your items to be valued by experts from Bonham's Auctioneers. Valuations £2 per item or 3 for £5. Nornal admission applies.


Cadbury Easter Egg Hunt
25 March 2016 to 27 March 2016
11:00 to 15:30

Follow the Easter trail and hunt down the clues that lead to your Cadbury's chocolate prize. Sponsored by Cadbury's. £3.50 per child - children must be accompanied by an adult. Normal admission applies.


Calke Alive 20th Century
29 March 2016
12:30 to 17:00

Most of the staff have gone to war but you may meet the cook and the estate manager who are keeping the house in order. Take shelter from the air raid at 2.15pm in the Riding School where the land girls and the Home Guard will be jiving away the tea dance.


Lambing at Home Farm, Calke Abbey
02 April 2016 to 03 April 2016
11:00 to 15:30

Join us at Home Farm during lambing time of the rare breed Portland sheep flock, an opportunity to see lambs with their mothers and maybe even a lamb being born.  Garden ticket needed.


Calke Alive 19th Century
05 April 2016
12:30 to 17:00

Sneak into the house and meet some of the many staff that clean, cook and wait on the Harpur-Crewes. If you're lucky you may even get a glimpse of the very private sir Vauncey, that's if he's not out shooting on the estate.


Ranger Ramble - Meet Calke's Rare Breed Sheep
07 April 2016
From 14:00

Join a ranger on a ramble to find out more about Calke's very own flock of rare breed Portland sheep.  Meet at the ticket office for this two hour walk.


Lambing at Home Farm
09 April 2016 to 10 April 2016
11:00 to 15:30

Join us at Home Farm during lambing time of the rare breed Portland sheep flock, an opportunity to see lambs with their mothers and maybe even a lamb being born.  Garden ticket needed.


Curly Magpie at Calke Abbey - Vintage & Handmade Fair
10 April 2016
11:00 to 16:00

Curly Magpie at Calke Abbey - Vintage & Handmade Fair held in the beautiful Riding School building within the grounds of the stunning National Trust property of Calke Abbey. Over 30 stalls of lunique vintage fashion, memorabillia, antiques, retro home wares & handmade crafts & live vintage style music.


Calke Alive 20th Century
16 April 2016
12:30 to 17:00

Most of the staff have gone to war but you may meet the cook and the estate manager who are keeping the house in order. Take shelter from the air raid at 2.15pm in the Riding School where the land girls and the Home Guard will be jiving away the tea dance.


Fine Food Fair
17 April 2016
11:00 to 16:00

Celebrate local food that's grown, raised, baked or caught within a 30-mile radius. Enjoy cooking demonstrations and tastings with our Calke chefs.


Twilight Walk at Calke Abbey
22 April 2016
19:00 to 21:00

Enjoy an evening walk in the park and see how beautiful it looks.  We may also see some of the wildlife that appears after dark too.  Includes coffee and a cookie.  Booking essential.


Calke Photography Walk
23 April 2016
10:30 to 12:30

Join us on this photography walk in the park and gardens and pick up some handy tips on your stroll. Bring along your camera and be inspired by the beauty of the estate. Garden ticket needed and normal Parkland admission.


Kids with Cameras Walk
23 April 2016
13:30 to 14:30

Join us on this photography walk for children, teaching them some handy tips and showing them the best places in the park to take pictures. Kids - please bring a camera and an adult along with you.


Calke Alive 18th Century
30 April 2016
12:30 to 17:00

The house is in its heyday; come and see some of the visitors the family are entertaining and the staff that are looking after them.


Beating the Bounds - 10 Mile Walk
01 May 2016
10:00 to 16:00

Join us as we reignite a Calke Estate tradition - on Rogation Sunday we will enjoy a walk 'beating the bounds' of the current estate perimeter. Meet at the ticket office for this ten mile walk and bring a picnic.


Ranger Ramble - Remarkable Trees Of Calke
05 May 2016
From 14:00

Join a ranger for a ramble to meet some of Calke's fascinating trees, one of which is over 1,000 years old. Meet at the ticket office for this two hour walk.


Calke Stableyards After Hours
13 May 2016
19:00 to 21:00

As part of 'Museums at night' we are opening the stableyards. Let us take you behind the scenes, peep round corners and see the stableyards in a different light. See website for further details.


Dawn Chorus Walk at Calke Abbey
14 May 2016 to 15 May 2016
04:30 to 08:30

Up with the lark to hear the choir of songbirds with our ranger. Enjoy a well-earned full cooked breakfast in the restaurant. Booking required.


Flowers and Fallows at Calke
14 May 2016
14:30 to 16:00

Stroll through the meadows at Calke to look at our colourful wildflowers. Go into the deer park and get a closer look at the fallow and red deer. Booking essential.


Twilight Walk at Calke Abbey
20 May 2016
19:30 to 21:30

Enjoy an evening walk in the park and see how beautiful it looks in the setting sun. We may be lucky enough to see some of the wildlife that appears after dark too. Booking essential.


Limeyards and Wetlands
21 May 2016
14:30 to 16:30

A walk through parkland looking at the wetland habitats and then into the Ticknall Limeyards to see the remains of this once thriving industry. Meet at the ticket office.


Bat Night at Calke Abbey
27 May 2016
08:30 to 10:30

Discover the different types of bats that live in the park that are hidden to our daytime visitors and enjoy a snack with us. Booking required.


Getting Closer to Nature Festival
28 May 2016 to 01 June 2016

Join us for five days of walks and activities that will help us get that little bit closer to the wildlife at Calke. See website for details.


Calke Alive 19th Century
31 May 2016
12:30 to 17:00

Sneak into the house and meet some of the many staff that clean, cook and wait on the Harpur-Crewes. If you're lucky you may even get a glimpse of the very private Sir Vauncey, that's if he's not out shooting on the estate.


Ranger Ramble - Limestone Flower Meadows
02 June 2016
From 14:00

Join a ranger and discover how Calke's treasured limestone grasslands are managed and find out about the different types of flora and fauna you can find in these areas. Meet at the ticket office for this two hour walk.


Craft Show
04 June 2016 to 05 June 2016
10:00 to 17:00

Fine crafts and quality goods to buy along with craft demonstrations and entertainment.  See Living Heritage website www.livingheritagecraftshows.com. Reduced park admission charges apply.


NGS Open Garden ~ Calke Abbey
11 June 2016
10:00 to 16:30

Visit these late 18th Century walled gardens with unique auricula theatre, herbaceous borders, summer bedding and a georgian orangery plus impressive glasshouses, ice house, repaired grotto and gardeners' tunnel. Vegetable garden growing heirloom varieties of fruit and vegetables - often on sale to visitors, wheelchair access, plants for sale and refreshments on site.


National Garden Scheme Open Day
11 June 2016
10:00 to 17:00

Calke gardens are open in support of the National Garden Scheme charity


Calke Alive 18th Century
18 June 2016
12:30 to 17:00

The house is in its heyday; come and see some of the visitors the family are entertaining and the staff that are looking after them.


Kite Flying Day at Calke
19 June 2016
11:00 to 16:00

Treat dad to a day out on Father's Day and bring him along to our annual kite flying event.  The Midland Kite Fliers will thrill you with their skills. Bring your own kite, buy one here, or make one in our workshop.


Calke on Camera Walk
25 June 2016

Join us on this photography walk in the park and gardens and pick up some handy tips on your stroll. Bring along your camera and be inspired by the beauty of the estate. Garden ticket needed.


Kids with Cameras Walk
25 June 2016
13:30 to 14:30

Join us on this photography walk for children, teaching them some handy tips and showing them the best places in the park to take pictures. Kids - please bring a camera and an adult along with you.


NGS Open Garden ~ Calke Abbey
17 September 2016
10:00 to 16:30

Visit these late 18th Century walled gardens with unique auricula theatre, herbaceous borders, summer bedding and a georgian orangery plus impressive glasshouses, ice house, repaired grotto and gardeners' tunnel. Vegetable garden growing heirloom varieties of fruit and vegetables - often on sale to visitors, wheelchair access, plants for sale and refreshments on site.




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Calke Abbey
Ticknall
Derbyshire
DE73 7LE

01332 863822

01332 865272

http://www.nationaltrust.org.uk

Opening times

House, Sat - Wed (22 Feb - 2 Nov), 12.30pm - 5pm
Garden, Daily, 10am - 5pm
Restaurant & Shop, Daily (Mar - Oct), 10am - 5pm
Restaurant & Shop, Daily (Nov - Feb), 10am - 4pm
Calke Park and National Nature Reserve, Daily, 7.30am - 7.30pm (dusk if earlier)
End of Era Tours, Thurs & Fri (22 Feb - 2 Nov), 11am - 4pm
Whole Estate, 25 December, Closed

Admissions

Please contact for prices:

Parking

3.6m height barrier.  Alternative entrance can be aranged upon request for group visits in coaches.