Seasonal highlights

Visitors in the wine cellar at Calke Abbey, Derbyshire

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.

A collection of family photographs at Calke Abbey
A collection of photographs at Calke Abbey, Derbyshire
A collection of family photographs at Calke Abbey

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.

  • Tremendous Trees in Calke Park: Wed 4 April, 1.30pm 
  • Twilight walk: Fri 13 April, 7.15pm (booking essential)
  • Veteran trees of Calke: Sat 19 May, 2pm 
  • Limeyards and brickyards walk: Mon 21 May, 10am 
  • Explore the wider Calke Estate: Wed 23 May, 10am 
  • Bat night: Fri 25 May, 8.30pm 
  • Minibeast safari: Wed 30 May, 11am

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!

Can you spot all of our wildlife sculptures?
Wildlife scupltures in the parkland at Calke Abbey in Derbyshire
Can you spot all of our wildlife sculptures?

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.   

Remember these? Pick up a viewfinder from the Ticket Office today...
Retro viewfinders at Calke Abbey in Derbyshire
Remember these? Pick up a viewfinder from the Ticket Office today...

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.