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Notice: From Wednesday 30 July we are pleased to announce that we are fully open as normal. We would like to thank our visitors for being so understanding as we repaired the flood damage.

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.

Beatrix Potter Saturday story readings

Listening to Beatrix Potter readings at Melford Hall © Lewis Bowes

Listening to Beatrix Potter readings at Melford Hall

Every Saturday from 26 July to 30 August, 1 – 4.30pm
Get carried away by the magical adventures of Peter Rabbit and his friends as written by Beatrix Potter and narrated by one of our story tellers.

Free event, normal admission applies

Summer fun - Outdoor theatre

Bring your picnic whilst enjoying Alice through the Looking Glass © Quantum Theatre

Bring your picnic whilst enjoying Alice through the Looking Glass

Friday 8 August, gates open 5pm for a 6pm start
With summer Quantum Theatre return to present Alice through the Looking Glass. Enjoy a summer picnic in the garden of Melford Hall whilst watching Alice and her fellow characters brought to life.

Tickets: £10 per adult, £7 per child or £30 per family available from Box office on 0844 249 1895, Booking advisable

Summer fun - Teddy Bear's Picnic

Enjoying a picnic with Teddy in the garden at Melford Hall © Philip Windsor

Enjoying a picnic with Teddy in the garden at Melford Hall

Friday 15 August, from 11am
An opportunity to picnic in the garden at Melford Hall with your favourite teddy bear. Join in the varied garden activities and bring your poorly bears to the teddy bear clinic so our nurses can make them better. An excellent day for the family and teddy.

£2.50 per child in addition to garden entry

Local Community Day

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A Red Cross garden party circa 1914
Sunday 17 August, 1-5pm
A special afternoon recreating the event in Stephanie Hyde Parker’s scrap book which was fund raising for the Red Cross. Come along and share the stories of this fascinating time and learn about a community thrown into disarray by the outbreak of war.

Normal admission applies but FREE ADMISSION for CO10 residents on proof of residency.

Sun hat or brolly?