Spring at Kedleston, the great outdoors.

Sheep and lambs grazing in a field

The Hall, Parkland and Pleasure Grounds are springing back to life here at Kedleston. First are the delicate snowdrops, then daffodils and the Spring finale, bluebells. Be sure to keep a look out as you explore the parkland for the new lambs up to their usual mischief. But also find a quiet place down by the lake to watch the many species of birds that call Kedleston home.

Spring is the perfect time to explore the rolling landscape and miles of unspoilt woodland surrounding Kedleston Hall. Migratory birds have returned from their winter holidays and have filled the estate with their jolly songs. Spring primula and bluebells will soon blanket the forest floors, it’s the perfect setting for a stroll with family and friends.

Welcome to the Great Outdoors

Throughout 2018 we'll be celebrating Kedleston's Great Outdoors. From the amazing animals that call Kedleston home to the dedicated team of staff and volunteers that look after it. It may look like a natural landscape but it's a constant job or woodland and pasture management to ensure that it stays in top condition.

Kedleston's bluebells
kedleston's bluebells
Kedleston's bluebells

Wildlife and hidden treasures

You’ll find our gardeners out and about in the gardens and perhaps up at the Hermitage doing the spring planting. Stop and say hello they're always happy to answer any garden questions you might have. Their insider knowledge could lead you to hidden highlights just waiting to be discovered.

Wildlife is waking up to spring at Kedleston Hall too and the lake is a perfect location to look out for nesting birds. Home to herons, coots, swans and of course those ever so fluffy ducklings. The lake provides the perfect habitat for a huge variety of birdlife, making it a prime spot not just for hardened bird watchers but also those who just fancy giving it a go.

The park and pleasure grounds at Kedleston are being restored to reflect its 18th-century origins
The fishing pavilion by the lake at Kedleston Hall, Derbyshire
The park and pleasure grounds at Kedleston are being restored to reflect its 18th-century origins

Activities at Kedleston

There's plenty of outdoor fun on offer at Kedleston this Spring, why not join a forest fun workshop and brush up on your woodland skills, or come along to one of our craft workshops. Prices and booking requirement do vary so please check our What's on page for more details.