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An Elizabethan masterpiece
Welcome to Hardwick, whose stunning houses and beautiful landscape have been created by a cast of thousands.
It was the formidable Bess of Hardwick who first created Hardwick in the late 1500s, but it was Robert Symthson who designed this magnificent house. The new Hall was designed deliberately to symbolise Bess' wealth and status and pushed the boundaries of architectural design.
In 2014, we mark the 400th anniversary of Robert Smythson with a series of celebrations, including pop up workshops, tours and talks, where you will discover what influenced Smythson's work and the story behind the stone.
Explore Smythson's fascination for symmetry and ingenious planning with themed events from 'have a go' stone carving and a parkland sculpture trail, to an outdoor exhibition of new contemporary artworks, presented by Meadow Arts and inspired by The Men who built Hardwick'.
Hardwick offers visitors a year round experience, from colourful herbaceous borders and prize winning vegetables that are used in the restaurant to the picturesque circular parkland walks and plenty of family friendly activities.
The team at Hardwick is delighted to be hosting the summer nights film festival for the third year running.
Come and discover one of Hardwick's most elaborate, beautiful and important textiles - The Penelope Embroidery, commissioned by Bess herself.
Painstakingly restored over 3 years, this breathtaking piece returns to Hardwick to star in the Stitches in Time exhibit.
Join us again as the other 3 embroideries in the set return from conservation at the National Trust Textile Conservation Studio.
Building Site, art at Hardwick
Discover a new side to Hardwick with this summer's contemporary art exhibition. It takes a playful look at both the awe-inspiring architecture and the compelling story of Hardwick’s creation.
From 11 June to 16 November 2014, including works by Fiona Banner, Michael Craig- Martin and Gavin Turk.
Summer of play and fun
There are lots of ways in which you can enjoy a family day out at Hardwick this summer.
- Discover the new woodland play trail in Upper Park
- Join in on Wild Family Fun days every Wednesday in the summer school holidays at 11am
- Grab a 50 things to do before you are 11 3/4 map and get out and explore the estate.
Meet the Hardwick Masons
Meet the Hardwick masons and discover the skills and knowledge that go into looking after a building like Hardwick. Discover the continuous connection between the Master Mason who built Hardwick and the generations of craftsmen who have cared for his creation.
No need to book, just come along. 7 June, 14 July and 24 July.