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Learning For All 2015Lisa and piglets

Ever wondered what it’s like to keep a pig?

If you are a budding Titchmarsh, Monet, Attenborough or Bailey, Tatton Park’s ‘Learning for All’ programme has a course or workshop for you. 

From lectures, talks and tours to practical sessions in pig keeping, getting the most from your camera or the skill of the longbow - there are now over 90 learning activities taking place at Tatton throughout 2015.

The rich diversity of the historic estate in rural Cheshire East provides a fantastic inspiration for and backdrop to these participatory events. Many are centred on the 2,000-acre parkland.  Ever popular is the opportunity to get up close and (not quite) personal with Tatton’s famous deer herd on one of Tatton’s award winning deer walks and feed and trailer rides. 

Following on from the success of previous garden related courses there are opportunities to develop new skills including container planting, vegetable growing, preserving and Christmas wreath making. There are also two special opportunities to explore the iconic 100 year old Japanese Garden with Tatton’s talented garden team.

The popularity of previous pig keeping and poultry rearing courses has prompted the highly knowledgeable farm staff to share their skills once more in courses about grooming the farm’s heavy horses, tending to the pigs, looking after poultry and keeping their flocks of sheep.

Mansion talks and tours in 2015 give an intriguing insight in to the way Christmas was celebrated in a Victorian house (both upstairs and down!) and the curious collection of Maurice Egerton, the last inhabitant of Tatton Park, who travelled the world acquiring all sorts of fascinating items. As part of this talk there will be an opportunity to see objects that are not normally on display. There are also activities for children in the Mansion including country house baking and chocolate making.

The evocative Old Hall provides the perfect setting for hands on living history courses which this year include longbow (for children and adults), two Viking mornings, survival skills courses for children and a myth and magic event.

The Old Hall will also play a fundamental role in the delivery of two key events in 2015 - ‘Shakespeare Week’ (in association with the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust) and ‘Tudors on Tour’ (in association with Historic Royal Palaces.) Visitors can expect a range of exciting activities to coincide with these events including drama workshops, interactive storytelling, plays, talks and more!

Learning and Visitor Services Manager Laura Armitage said “We have a fantastic programme of workshops and courses for 2015 – there really is something for everyone. There are courses to suit every age group and many activities have been created specifically for family groups so that there are opportunities to learn together. Tatton’s richness and diversity provides a wonderful resource for learning new skills, trying out something different and inspiring creativity. We have all the old favourites and are excited to be launching lots of new activities too. Come and join in!”

For full information about Tatton’s programme of learning activities visit http://www.tattonpark.org.uk/ or call the education department on 01625 374428.

For further information about this release contact:

Vicky Wilby, Marketing Department                                                         

Tel: 01625 374447 / Email: vicky.wilby@cheshireeast.gov.uk

http://www.tattonpark.org.uk/

Tatton Park is managed and financed by Cheshire East Council on behalf of the National Trust.

This impressive historic estate receives in the region of 850,000 visitors every year all of whom come to enjoy its Georgian mansion, Tudor Old Hall, award- winning gardens and 1930s rare breeds farm.  The 1,000-acre deer park is home to red and fallow deer and the estate also boasts speciality shops, adventure playground, restaurant, Gardener’s Cottage tea room and year-round events programme.

The Tatton Park Vision

The `Tatton Park Vision’ is the park’s 5 year vision for its visitor activities and aims to substantially develop its visitor experience by increasing the attractions and activities on offer. In delivering the vision the aim is to fully realise Tatton Park’s potential and present the best possible experience for its current and new visitors in order to provide new and sustainable income to help manage and conserve the historic estate into the future. By 2016/17 it is expected that over 1 million visitors a year will enjoy this experience. This will be done through a programme of investment by Cheshire East Council and the attraction of new business. For more information about the vision visit

www.tattonpark.org.uk/vision