Tales from the High Seas

Join one of our naval history experts as he recounts tales of the Hyde Parker naval exploits

  • Booking not needed
  • Free event (admission applies)

Meet in the library for a résumé of the naval exploits of the Hyde Parker family. From the Baltic to the Caribbean or from the Indian to the Atlantic Oceans, the Hyde Parker family were a sea-faring dynasty. Each month more stories of daring do will be revealed.


Event ticket prices
This event is free, but normal admission charges apply for the venue.
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Melford Hall


Whole property
Gift Aid Standard
Adult £9.10 £8.20
Child £4.55 £4.10
Family £22.75 £20.50
Group Adult N/A £7.70
Garden only
Gift Aid Standard
Adult £5.40 £4.90
Child £2.70 £2.45
Family £13.50 £12.25

What is Gift Aid?

Most of our places run the Gift Aid on Entry scheme at their admission points. Under this scheme, if you're not a member you have the choice of two entry tickets:

  • Gift Aid Admission or
  • Standard admission

If the place runs Gift Aid on Entry, we'll offer you the Gift Aid Admission prices. But it's entirely up to you which ticket you choose. If you want the Standard Admission instead, just let us know when you come to pay.

Gift Aid Admission includes a 10 per cent or more voluntary donation. Gift Aid Admissions let us reclaim tax on the whole amount paid* — an extra 25 per cent — potentially a very significant boost to our places' funds.

An extra £1 paid under the scheme can be worth over £3 to the National Trust as shown below: Payment of the additional percentage donation is entirely voluntary, so if you prefer to pay the standard admission please advise our reception staff at the till point.

  Gift Aid Standard
Amount paid by visitor £11.00 £10.00
Tax refund from Government* £2.75 £0.00
Total received by the National Trust £13.75 £10.00


*Gift Aid donations must be supported by a valid Gift Aid declaration and a Gift Aid declaration can only cover donations made by an individual for him/herself or for him/herself and members of his/her family.

Please note...

The basics

Unfortunately dogs are not welcome at this event.
Meeting point
In the library
Accessible to wheelchairs


Event opening times and availability
Day Times Availability
23 June 2018 14:00 - 14:15 Available
28 July 2018 14:00 - 14:15 Available
25 August 2018 14:00 - 14:15 Available
22 September 2018 14:00 - 14:15 Available
27 October 2018 14:00 - 14:15 Available

Upcoming events

Melford Hall Art Fair

Wed 20 Jun 2018
Melford Hall's Art Fair is not only an opportunity to view and buy the paintings of a group of East Anglian artists, but also to meet them as they demonstrate their skills.

Three Mills Walk

Sat 23 Jun 2018
A guided walk along the the old railway line and taking in three water mills as well as Sudbury's famous water meadows

Tales from the High Seas

Sat 23 Jun 2018
Join one of our naval history experts as he recounts tales of the Hyde Parker naval exploits

Melford Hall's Railway Walk

Sat 07 Jul 2018
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Sat 21 Jul 2018
An opportunity to view some of our paintings as they have never been seen before.

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Sat 18 Aug 2018
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