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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.

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

East Anglian Jaguar Day

East Anglian Jaguar Day 2013 © Jaguar Drivers Club Ltd

East Anglian Jaguar Day 2013

Sunday 31 August, 1 - 5pm

We welcome the Suffolk branch of the Jaguar Driver's Club for this annual event. This is an opportunity for our visitors to see a variety of models from one of Britain's iconic marques. Visitors will be able to purchase a voting to select their favourite car in four categories. East Anglian Jaguar Day will be raising money for the Guide Dogs for the Blind and Hearing Dogs for Deaf People.

Free event, garden admission applie

Autumn Fair - Gifts for home and garden

Autumn fair at Melford Hall © NT Images

Autumn fair at Melford Hall

Saturday 13 to Sunday 14 September, 10.30am - 4.30pm.

Our popular annual fair returns this year with an even larger number and a greater variety of exhibitors offering a wide range of beautiful accessories for you home and garden. This is an ideal opportunity to buy a unique gift for those special occasions or even Christmas.

Free event, garden admission applies.

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