Autumn at Kedleston Hall

golden autumn colour at Kedleston hall

The warmer summer days have drawn to a close and the lush greenery of summer dramatically transitions into vibrant bursts of deep russets and gold. Take a stroll through the parkland as the whole landscape changes into an Autumn paradise.

Kedleston is the perfect autumnal backdrop, a landscape of changing colours, with the American Oak's striking red leaves and the Larch's rusty golden hues. Enjoy blustery walks through the parkland before the winter weather really sets in.

Autumn colouring Kedleston's Pleasure Ground
autumn colour in Kedleston's pleasure ground

Visiting with little adventurers?

There's plenty here for them to! Why not book onto one of our popular family forest fun workshops? We run sessions for a range of age groups doing activities from den building to bushcraft skills. Every session is different but there's always smiles a plenty! If you'd rather make your own adventures why not head over to the Wilderness and see if you can find all of the new birds and beasties sculptures?

Make the most of getting outdoors before the colder months kick in and get adventurous with 50 things to do before you’re 11 and ¾.

Collect conkers this autumn
Collecting conkers at Kedleston Hall, Derbyshire

Catch a falling leaf and take it home to create some wild art. Ask for the 50 things booklet at reception for more information.

We also run monthly Preschool play days and sessions for home eductor families. These sessions are good fun encourage learning through play and social interaction.

Explore the Hall

Walk in the footsteps of Kedleston's well heeled eighteenth century visitors as you explore the stunning State Floor. We completed a 30 year restoration of Kedleston's State apartment back in January 2017 and it's safe to say that everyone has done a fantastic job. Everything from the delicate silk on the walls to the splendid State Bed has been restored to its former glory.

A full restoration, down to the finest details
a close up of the new silk damask curtains on the state bed

Kedleston's Eastern Museum

Find George Nathaniel Curzon's Eastern Museum on the ground floor of the hall, it contains an eclectic collection of Easten treasures collected during his time as Viceroy of India between 1899-1905. From elephant tusks to delicate silver it feels like you've stepped into a treasure trove. You'll also find Mary Curzon's gorgeous peacock dress which she wore to the Delhi Durbar in 1903 and yes it still has that wow factor!

Historic treasures from the orient
a close up of an elephant tusk in Kedleston's Eastern Museum

Autumn walking

We are currently in the process of resurfacing the Long Walk that winds through Kedleston's woodland. In the past the path has become completely unusable during the winter months thanks to mud. For the time being the route is closed while the work continues but there's still plenty of places to explore around the parkland. Although it is causing a bit of chaos in the short term the long term benefits far outweigh it. We hope it will enable to path the be accessible all year round without ending up knee deep in mud!

What are wellies for?
some red wellies jumping in a puddle

Head off the beaten track and explore the grounds further for a chance to see some of Derbyshires most ancient trees. Take a closer look at some of the old fallen tree trunks and you might just spot fungi growing inside. We have a number of guided walks running through the Autunm from the Fungi walk explore the diverse range of species we have here at Kedleston. Or perhaps our ever popular Autumn Equinox walk, join us for a special harvest supper in the restaurant and head out with your lanterns to celebrate the changing seasons.

Fungi grows in all kinds of places
Fungi growing on a tree in the woodlands, Kedleston Hall, Derbyshire