Lighting a Beacon at Kedleston Hall

People around a lit beacon at dusk

Join us as we light a beacon to mark 100 years since the end of the First World War on 11 November 2018. The winners of the recent poetry competition will be announced as part of this special event.

On 11 November 2018, we will be lighting a beacon at Kedleston Hall, one of 1,000 beacons across the country, to commemorate the end of the First World War exactly one hundred years ago, and to remember all those who fought and suffered.


We’ve partnered with the Royal British Legion and the award-winning Derbyshire writer Cathy Grindrod to host an evening of reflection and tribute. Everyone is welcome to join us, but please wear warm clothing and suitable footwear as the walk to the beacon site in the park will include uneven and rough terrain. You can find out more about the evening here.

A misty morning sunrise
The mist gathers over the countryside at sunrise near a National Trust site
A misty morning sunrise

Poetry Competition

Entries to the poetry competition are now being judged by award winning writer Cathy Grindrod and the winning entries will be announced as part of the evening event on 11 November. Shortlisted writers will be contacted and invited to attend the event.