Spring highlights at Nostell

There's lots to discover at Nostell in springtime. Enjoy the gardens coming to life with colourful displays of spring flowers. Head off on a walk through the parkland to fill your lungs with fresh air. Explore the house waking from winter slumber and take in the interior worlds created by Thomas Chippendale.

Visitors to Nostell Nights enjoying beer and artisan food

Nostell Nights

Be the first to see the house trimmed up for Christmas at this special 'All That Glitters' evening opening, for adults only on Friday 6 December, 6 - 9pm. Wind down with a craft gin or local ale, enjoy a live DJ set from Long Division and enjoy creative activities with local artists. Off peak admission applies (National Trust members free). No pre-booking needed except for special behind-the-scenes tours.

Bluebells at Nostell, near Wakefield

Beautiful bluebells 

As April turns in to May you'll see carpets of bluebells appearing in Nostell's gardens and parkland. The best spots to see them are around the Middle Lake and along the cycle trails in the ancient woodland.

Rhubarb cake baked at Nostell, West Yorkshire.

Rhubarb Week 6-12 May

Being perfectly positioned in the Wakefield rhubarb triangle, nineteen varieties of the colourful veg thrive in Nostell’s Kitchen Garden. Choose some homemade delicacies in the Courtyard Café, using the produce that Mark, the gardener has grown. From rhubarb flapjack and crumble to rhubarb sausages with chutney and a Wakefield cream tea, you’ll be spoilt for choice. Go on a rhubarb talk with the gardener and join in the rhubarb-inspired family fun on Sunday.

Thomas Chippendale pier glass at Nostell

Interior Worlds: Behind the Glass

Join us in celebrating the work of Thomas Chippendale, 'the Shakespeare of furniture' with a programme of exhibitions, events and activities at Nostell. Peer behind a very special mirror in the collection and explore the world it has reflected for nearly 250 years.

Artist Giles Round in his Obelisk Marbling company at Nostell, Wakefield.

Obelisk Marbling 

The spirit of Chippendale lives on! Obelisk Marbling, the contemporary piece of art imagined by artist Giles Round in 2018 is returning for a second year to Nostell. On weekends visitors will be able to see the paper marbling company at work and learn more about this endangered heritage craft.

Obelisk Lodge at Nostell Priory, West Yorkshire

Guided parkland walk

Meet at the Stables at 2pm to explore Nostell's changing seasons, wildlife, landscape and history in this 2.5 mile guided parkland walk. With the route taking in lakes, meadows and woodland, our knowledgeable guide will point out seasonal highlights and top species to spot from kingfishers to kestrels.