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Discover the stories behind this eclectic home.

It’s fair to say that Melford Hall has had its share of trials and tribulations, but it’s thanks to many generations from medieval monks to the Hyde Parker family who still live here, that this home still stands.

Around every corner there’s a new twist in the story – from Beatrix Potter sketches to collections of naval paintings and Chinese porcelain – everything tells a story and everyone has left their mark.

Devastated by fire in 1942, it was nurtured back to life by the Hyde Parker family and it remains their much loved family home to this day. It is their stories of family life at Melford – from visits by their cousin Beatrix Potter through to our visitors today that make this house more than bricks and mortar.

Stephanie Hyde Parker's scrapbook

Stephanie Hyde Parker’s scrapbook 

Stephanie Hyde Parker’s scrapbook

In November 1913 Stephanie Hyde Parker was given a red leather bound scrapbook by her parents. She used this to record the places she went and the people she met as she entered the world of a debutante.

Follow her steps in polite society as recounted in words and pictures in her scrapbook..

Sir Thomas Savage

Sir Thomas Savage

Read the story of how the perseverance and serendipity of our volunteers found an unknown portrait of Sir Thomas Savage and brought him home to Melford Hall.

Plan your visit to Melford Hall

Melford Hall Art Fair


Every day from 3 June to 28 June excluding Mondays and Tuesdays

Melford Hall's Art Fair brings together East Anglian artists displaying and demonstrating their art throughout the house and in our 17th century Banqueting House. An extra feature this year is the display of Affordable Art in the Boudoir.

Normal admission applies

Outdoor Theatre

Performance of Tale of Peter Rabbit and Benjamin Bunny at Melford Hall © Quantum Theatre

The tales of Peter Rabbit and Benjamin Bunny

6 pm, Saturday 15 August (Gates open 5 pm)

With summer comes outdoor theatre as Quantum Theatre return to present these two classic tales. Where better to see The Tales of Peter Rabbit and Benjamin Bunny than in the garden of Melford Hall – a favourite haunt of their author, Beatrix Potter. Bring a picnic and settle on the lawn for an evening of glorious entertainment. Booking essential call 0845 4505157.or book online

Tickets: Adult £10, Child £7, Family £30

Summer holiday fun

Family following the garden trail at Melford Hall. © Philip Windsor

Beatrix Potter Day, Teddy Bears' Picnic, Beatrix Potter story readings - a wide variety of fun days and activities for the children and their families during the School holidays. In addition there are the usual 'Spot it' trails as well as the 'Spycatcher' quiz for the older children.

Check our events page for details of dates, times and prices.