Harlaxton Manor opens to the public with a month of weekend events

Harlaxton Manor’s magnificent grounds and gardens are opening to the public with a series of special events for May, with more exciting events planned for the summer.

Opening to the public in May - Harlaxton Manor. EMN-210427-150902001

Located near Grantham Harlaxton Manor is a country house set within 300 acres of parkland and gardens.

Normally closed to the public, the manor is also relaunching its Bluebell Walk for a limited time only in May.

Visitors will be able to experience the magnificent grounds, spectacular architecture and beautiful formal gardens of Harlaxton Manor; one of the most impressive historic houses in the country.

Explore Harlaxton Manor's blueball walks. EMN-210427-150912001

The events will run on selected dates from Saturday, May 1 until Saturday May 29.

Andrew Fowler, Events Manager at Harlaxton Manor said: “As a manor, we are incredibly excited to open our doors and welcome the world to explore our magnificent grounds. We’ve thoroughly enjoyed inviting the local community back to explore our front circle and formal gardens throughout April, and now we can’t wait for more people to discover our beautiful grounds and gardens.

“Every ticket sold will help us to develop more events for the community to enjoy in future and will help us continue to protect and conserve the history and environment of this amazing place for future generations to enjoy.

“The feedback and support we’ve had from our local community has been amazing and that’s inspired us to take this next step; opening Harlaxton Manor through a spectacular series of events everyone can enjoy.”

Explore Harlaxton Manor’s formal gardens and its 19th century conservatory. EMN-210427-150922001

Constructed in 1831, Harlaxton Manor combines Jacobean, Elizabethan and Baroque styles.

As well as being open to visitors and being a spectacular wedding and events venue, Harlaxton Manor is an overseas college of the University of Evansville, Indiana where students learn and study in an inspirational setting.

Harlaxton Manor May events

On Saturday, May 1 to Sunday, May 2, the manor’s drive and the grand front circle will be open to the public to explore for free and visitors can enjoy a selection of sweets, cakes and teas and coffees beneath the towering main entrance. The beautiful formal gardens will also be open to the public for a small additional charge.

The beautiful formal gardens at Harlaxton Manor will also be open to the public for a small additional charge. EMN-210427-150932001

From Saturday, May 8 until Sunday May 16, visitors will be able to explore the manor’s famous Bluebell Walk, when the manor’s woodland becomes a sea of purple as thousands of bluebells bloom beneath the trees. Money raised through this ticketed event will support the heritage upkeep and conservation of the historic estate and help the estate to host future events for the public to enjoy.

On Saturday, May 29, the manor will host a special Community Picnic where those who buy a ticket can explore the manor’s formal gardens and its 19th century conservatory which will be open for the event (subject to the easing of Covid-19 restrictions). A selection of sweets, treats and drinks will be available and guests are welcome to bring their own picnic to enjoy on the lawns of the manor gardens.

Each of these events will be ticketed and numbers will be limited to aid social distancing. Booking information and prices for each event can be found on Harlaxton Manor’s Facebook and Instagram pages (Instagram: @harlaxton_manor, Facebook: @Harlaxtonmanorofficial).

Advance tickets for the garden events can be purchased online here and tickets for the bluebell walk can also be purchased upon arrival, subject to availability. Tickets for the Community Picnic event on May 29 must be purchased in advance.

Visitors can also purchase a May Manor Pass, giving access to all garden and bluebell events throughout the month for a reduced price.