Whether you want to explore the wider parkland or discover more of Calke's fascinating collection, there are plenty of Hidden Revealed events taking place throughout the year. We've picked out some seasonal highlights here...
Women of Calke Abbey
Ever wondered what it was like to work below stairs at Calke? Or what life was like for a lady of the estate? Find out when you visit the house this year.
As you embark on a journey through Calke’s rooms, you’ll follow the lives of two women who lived and worked at Calke. Discover how Hilda Harpur Crewe became the first woman to inherit the estate, and experience what life was like for Ruth, the under parlour maid who worked in the abbey.
For opening times and to find out what you can expect to see inside the ‘un-stately’ home, follow the link at the bottom of this page.
Explore the ‘forbidden estate’
With 600 acres of parkland at Calke, there's lots of forgotten views and hidden wildlife to find. Join us as we explore parts of the wider estate that often go unnoticed.
- Characters of the Calke Estate: Thurs 2 Aug, 2pm
- Walk the Tramway Trail: Thurs 6 Sept, 2pm
- Capture Calke on camera walk: Sat 15 Sept, 10.30am
- Kids with cameras walk: Sat 15 Sept, 1.30pm
We run guided walks every Tuesday, Friday and Saturday, at 11am and 2pm. Walks start at the Ticket Office and typically last around 90 minutes, but we can tailor every walk to suit you. Speak to a park guide on the day to find out more!
Can you find our hidden wildlife sculptures?
Pick up a 'Seek and Reveal' interactive map from the Ticket Office and start discovering the hidden gems of the wider Calke estate. Scratch off the panels to reveal a hidden feature in the park.
While you're exploring the parkland, you might spot something unusual lurking among the trees. A range of talented artists have created some fantastic wildlife sculptures which are hiding around the park. How many can you find? Use the Seek and Reveal maps to make sure you find them all!
Get a glimpse of the past
See snapshots of Calke's past with our retro viewfinders, available from the Ticket Office. Find the locations on the map and look through your viewfinder at the images. Do the views look the same today?
A £5 deposit will be required to borrow a viewfinder, which you'll get back when you return it to the Ticket Office – or you can pay £5 and take your viewfinder home with you.
Share your discoveries
Did you unearth forgotten secrets on your latest visit? Share your photos and comments with us at #hiddenCalke on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. You can find us @NTCalkeAbbey.
Your visits help us to preserve Calke’s secrets for ever, for everyone. Thank you for your support.