Nostell Nights

Want to explore a treasure house at night? At Nostell Nights, the historic rooms and exhibitions are open after dark and we've a packed programme to kick start your weekend with unique contemporary commissions performed in the splendour and glamour of the 18th century house.

Have a drink at the pop-up bar from our friends at Waterton’s Reserve Gin and Nailmaker Brewing Co, enjoy a DJ set from Long Division and take part in pop-up workshops, performances and tours with local artists, musicians and makers.

Intrigued? Here's a flavour of the events:

Looks like your kind of thing? Come along to the first event of 2019: 

Nostell Nights: Reflections

Friday 17 May, 6 - 9pm

As part of Interior Worlds: Behind the Glass, the theme of this event is inspired by the ornate mirror that Thomas Chippendale supplied for Nostell. Having reflected a swirling world of gold and green for over 250 years in the Chinese-inspired State Apartment, this pier glass will be taken off the wall for vital conservation work and displayed in a pop-up studio on the ground floor.

Be one of the first to peer behind the looking glass, explore the interior worlds that Chippendale designed for Nostell and enjoy an evening of illusion, reflections and fantasy.

  • Ahead of Wakefield’s Long Division Festival, enjoy a live DJ set of ambient soundscapes.
  • Enjoy limited edition gin inspired by Nostell’s botanicals and Chippendale pale ale.
  • Taste the best of Yorkshire with delicious pastries and sweet treats from Love Podge.
  • Have a go at screen printing with James Bywood and see his Chippendale inspired prints come to life.
  • Join Matthew Hedley Stoppard for interactive poetry readings inspired by the pier glass and Nostell’s mirrors.
  • Book onto an immersive storytelling experience with writer and performer Paul Bateson in the North Bedroom, normally closed to the public. There will be a charge for this, with tickets on sale very soon.
  • Mina birds and marmosets: join Dr Kerry Bristol as she explores the exotic creatures of the State Apartment.
  • Don’t miss pop-up talks to delve a little deeper into the Chinoiserie wallpaper and the role of mirros in historic houses.
Unique artwork created by James Bywood for the Nostell Nights event in May 2019
Print of Nostell's Chippendale mirror by artist James Bywood
Unique artwork created by James Bywood for the Nostell Nights event in May 2019


Giles Round’s Obelisk Marbling Company

At Nostell Nights, Giles Round’s ‘Obelisk Marbling’ will be open for business, a company that produces marbled masterpieces using traditional techniques. Just as Chippendale’s London premises had custom-made rooms for glass work and wood carving, Round has sourced and created furniture, tools and materials to install a bespoke marbling workshop in the heart of Nostell’s treasure house. Not to be missed!

Interior Worlds

Explore how Chippendale helped create bespoke interiors for Nostell and immerse yourself in a world of fashion, luxury, innovation and the rollercoaster life of a top-end designer. The first floor at Nostell was designed for formal entertainment and to impress Rowland Winn’s visitors. These grand ‘State Rooms’ are where the most expense was spent on internal decoration, which meant employing the best and most fashionable architects and designers of the day.

Chippendale: the Man and the Brand

Visit the exhibition on the ground floor to unravel the story Thomas Chippendale and his special connection to Nostell. How did a humble cabinet maker from Otely become a world-famous brand?

Don’t miss Nostell Nights later in the year on Friday 27 September and Friday 6 December 2019.