Nostell Nights

Want to explore a historic house at night? At Nostell Nights we will have the whole house open and we've a packed programme to kick start your weekend with unique contemporary commissions performed in the splendour and glamour of the house at Nostell.

Kick start your weekend at the first Nostell Nights of the year. The whole house will be open after dark with the historic rooms and exhibitions open to explore. You will also be able to have a drink at the pop-up bar from our friends at the former Wakefield Beer Exchange, taste a limited edition of Nostell Gin, enjoy a DJ set from Long Division festival and take part in pop-up artist workshops.

There will also be pre-booked tours of the basement and attics running through the night.

Intrigued? Here's a flavour of the events:

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

Friday 17 May, 6 - 9pm

Relax in the Workshop

The Workshop will be filled again with an eclectic selection of tunes courtesy of Long Division, Wakefield's largest music and cultural festival.

We're pleased to be working with James Bywood this year who is creating four bespoke prints through the year to celebrate the designs of Thomas Chippendale. Drop into the Workshop to see James's screenprinting demonstration and then have a go yourself! There'll also be a chance to buy a limited edition print to take home.
A special collaboration of Nightingales Gin and Revolutions Brewery will provide a unique bar with the ever popular ‘Master of my Craft’ pale ale from Revolutions Brewery and the delicate flavours of Nightingales Gin.
Try out the new limited edition blend of Nostell Gin, only available at Nostell Nights.

Explore the Unexpected

Roaming theatre in the attic

Join a night-time exploration of the attics: atmospheric and semi derelict spaces usually closed to the public. Hear the dramatic relationship between Thomas Chippendale and his client, Rowland Winn brought to life and eavesdrop on the servants as they finish a day working at Nostell. Expect poetry, songs and stories.
£5 per person, lasts approx. 30 mins at 6.15pm, 7.15pm and 8.15pm. Call 01924 863892 to book your place.

Cheer in the basement

Writer and performer Paul Bateson with Cuckoos Egg Theatre Company will perform an immersive storytelling experience in Nostell's atmospheric cellars that run under the house Meet some of the characters who have worked on the estate and hear about their lives through stories and poems. Watch out for Mr Croft the estate manager!
£5 per person, lasts approx. 30 mins at 6.30pm, 7.30pm and 8.30pm. Call 01924 863892 to book your place.

Join a craft workshop 


Giles Round’s Obelisk Marbling Company

“With marbled papers of all sorts of colours hanging to dry in the company’s workshop, it will become quite psychedelic”. At Nostell Nights we will launch Giles Round’s ‘Obelisk Marbling’, a company that will produce marbled masterpieces using traditional techniques. Just as Chippendale’s London premises had custom-made rooms for glass work and wood carving, Round is sourcing and creating 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.

Tours and Talks

Pop-up talks
Learn a little more about Nostell's Chippendale designed treasures with talks throughout the evening. Discover unexpected Chippendale designs and find out more about this ambitious man who came from humble Yorkshire beginnings and went on to conquer fashionable London.

This print of the lantern designed by Thomas Chippendale completes the set of four prints produced by James Bywood for Nostell Nights in 2018.
Postcard for Nostell Nights at Nostell, Wakefield, designed by James Bywood.
This print of the lantern designed by Thomas Chippendale completes the set of four prints produced by James Bywood for Nostell Nights in 2018.