Nostell Nights

Fancy something a little different for your Friday night? Explore after hours at Nostell with the help of artists, musicians and makers.

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 Wakefield Beer Exchange 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 28 September, 6 - 9pm

Come and see Interior Worlds, the new interpretation of Chippendale-designed State Rooms on the first floor of the mansion, as well as the story of Thomas Chippendale and his special connection to Nostell. We've a packed programme to get you in the spirit to celebrate the Chipster’s special birthday:

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.

Bar by Wakefield Beer Exchange

Our friends from the city centre beer cafe and bottle shop will be returning with their wide selection of craft beers, wines and gins. To help us get in the spirit of Chippendale’s birthday, Nostell has collaborated with both Revolutions Brewery to create a very special Chippendale Beer to be sold at the event, as well Nightingales, who are serving a limited edition ‘Nostell Gin’ infused with botanicals grown right here in our very own garden.

Long Division DJ set

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

Attic tours 

Join Matthew Bellwood on a night-time attic tour to help us reanimate these atmospheric and semi derelict spaces usually closed to the public.

£5 per person, tours at 6.15pm, 6.45pm, 7.15pm and 7.45pm. Pre-booking essential on 01924 863892. We expect these tours to be fully booked. Bookings will open on Tuesday 10 April.

Screen Printing Demonstration

We're pleased to be working with James Bywood this year who'll create four bespoke prints through the year to celebrate the designs of Thomas Chippendale. Drop into the Workshop to see James create the prints and then have a go yourself! There'll also be a chance to buy a limited edition print to take home.

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.

The first of four specially commissioned prints by James Bywood, inspired by Thomas Chippendale
Screen print of a Chippendale chair by artist, James Bywood
The first of four specially commissioned prints by James Bywood, inspired by Thomas Chippendale