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.
Nostell Nights are unique events for adults only, offering a chance to see the house in a new light. With live DJ sets from Long Division and craft beer from Revolution's Brewery as well as pop-up poetry, crafts and demos from a range of local artists, it's the perfect way to kick off your weekend.
Intrigued? Here's a flavour of the events:
Looks like your kind of thing? Come along to the next event:
Friday 7 December, 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 autumn blend of Nostell Gin, only available at Nostell Nights
Songs and Stories in the Attic
Join a night-time attic tour to help us reanimate these atmospheric and semi derelict spaces usually closed to the public. Hear the dramatic relationship between Chippendale and his patron brought to life and eavesdrop on the servants as they finish a work day at Nostell.
£5 per person, tours at 6.15, 7.15 and 8.15. Pre-booking essential on 01924 863892.
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!
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
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.