Welcome the New Year at Knole
Are you planning to make any New Year’s resolutions this year? After the last mince pie has been scoffed, we all know we should look ahead to the New Year and pledge to get out and about and be more active. But what about helping a great cause by giving your time as a volunteer? Or putting aside some ‘me time’ to try that hobby you’ve always been interested in? There are lots of ways you can make 2018 extra special.
Make a difference by volunteering with us
If you have been thinking about volunteering, then now is the perfect time to join our team. January is a popular time to get started and we will be hosting free coffee mornings throughout the month, where you can find out about the volunteering opportunities currently available.
" I love volunteering at Knole because I get to do such a great variety of jobs. I work in the office one day a week, but I also act as a tour guide and work with the learning team delivering school visits. It's lovely to meet others with shared interests and there's always something new to learn - both from the staff at Knole but also our visitors who can be very knowledgeable."
Many of our volunteers work as room guides in the showrooms and tower, but there are a range of other important roles including helping in the conservation studio, working as part of our premises team to look after the building and grounds, and being part of our learning and outreach teams.
If you prefer to be outdoors, we have a volunteer team of park walkers who lead a programme of guided walks every week. Volunteers can also help in Lord Sackville’s garden when it is open during the warmer months. We have around 60 different roles available and are always looking for new recruits to join our friendly team.
Learn something new in 2018
Knole’s Hayloft Learning Centre offers an exciting and varied programme of heritage workshops and craft activities for both adults and families. The Hayloft is kicking off 2018 with a decorative tassel making workshop on Saturday 20 January and a stained glass session on Saturday 10 February, where participants will be taught traditional techniques by experts in their fields.
There are also family workshops, such as creating a colourful birdhouse on 14 and 15 February during half-term, and a programme of talks including regular archaeology lectures about Knole’s conservation project.
Get fit in the great outdoors
Cloaked in white frost or dusted in a sprinkling of snow, the park looks beautiful in the winter months. With over 1,000 acres of grassy hills and woodland pathways to explore it is the perfect place to kick-start your fitness regime. It’s a great place for dog walking - but please keep your four-legged friends on a lead to avoid disturbing our resident deer.
You’re sure to spot our sika and fallow deer in their majestic full antlers and cosy winter coats. At this time of year there is not enough vegetation in the park to maintain our 450-strong herd - visit early morning and you may be lucky enough to see them lining up for their daily feed with Knole’s deer and park keeper.
If you have promised yourself more exercise in 2018, Knole’s new colour coded waymarked routes make it easier than ever to walk and run in the park. The waymarked trails start in front of the house and there are three routes to choose from: a 3-mile Wheels Walk suitable for pushchairs and wheelchairs, the 2.75-mile Family Woodland Ramble or the slightly longer 3-mile Seven Oaks walk which skirts the edge of the parkland.
Our park walk volunteers also run guided walks departing from the Visitor Centre every Thursday, Saturday and Sunday at 2pm. The walks take in the highlights of the park and last around 45 minutes – no need to book and donations are gratefully received.
If you have little explorers with you, there’s plenty to keep children active on the park’s endless woody paths and trails. Wrap up warm and build a den, climb over fallen trees or fly a kite as part of the National Trust’s 50 things to do before you’re 11¾.