Wednesday, 20 July 2011

Newstead Abbey Afternoon Cream Teas And Events This Summer

Located twelve miles north of Nottingham in Ravenshead, Newstead Abbey was once home to the great and notorious romantic poet Lord Byron. The historic house with its medieval cloisters and Victorian room settings sits in 300 acres of parklands which include Japanese gardens freely roamed by peacocks, lakes, ponds and waterfalls.

The grounds are open to the public all year round and tours of the house run from April to September. This summer sees a whole range of special events to enjoy both inside the Abbey and in its grounds. On the 6th and 27th August the Abbey Ambles event gives visitors the opportunity to take a more in-depth tour of the house and explore below stairs, the kitchen and the nursery. The tour is followed by a cream tea hosted by Newstead's housekeeper Mrs Cooper who will supply traditional sandwiches, homemade scones with clotted cream and strawberry jam, mini desserts and speciality teas and coffee. The same menu is also available at the Abbey's weekly Afternoon Tea event which is on every Sunday and is held in the Garden Room and French Garden throughout July and August.

Other events over the summer include outdoor theatre performances of Fantastic Mr Fox on August 12 and The Pirates of Penzance August 19, a Slugs and Bugs children's event with trails through the grounds from 25-31 July and you can also join Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust for their Mini Meadow Seed Pack Giveaway Event at Newstead Abbey on July 31, August 21 and September 11.

Afternoon Teas tickets cost £10 and Abbey Ambles cost £20, pre-booking is essential on 01623 455900. Full details of all events ticket prices are available on the Newstead Abbey website

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