Tatton Park's Vision
The Tatton Park Vision is the park’s strategy to substantially develop its visitor experience by increasing the attractions and activities on offer. The aim is to fully realise the park’s potential and present the best possible experience for current and new visitors in order to provide new and sustainable income to help manage and conserve the historic estate into the future.
Realisation of the Vision consists of the following aspects:
Tatton Park Visitor Arrival experience
A new Visitor Welcome building has been built to create an improved visitor ‘sense of arrival’. It provides a focal point close to the main visitor car park to communicate everything Tatton and the region have to offer, including a variety of different attractions, events, dining and shopping experiences throughout the year. All weather protection, signage, improved landscaping and facilities for better access have also been introduced as well as a bespoke coach drop off point for group visitors. A personal welcome is provided by a visitor assistant, who can give additional information and help orientate visitors during and after their visit.
The welcome centre and visitor arrival experience has been built to provide better access, facilities and information for all visitors to Tatton Park and the wider region. It is part funded by the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development: Europe investing in rural areas.
Stableyard shopping and catering
A future phase of investment will redevelop the Stableyard area including better landscaping and services to the western side of the courtyard, improved toilet and hand washing facilities and the renovation of existing rooms in the New Barn to enable more flexible use. Future renovation and interpretation of the existing Stableyard coach house as a location for the historic vehicle collection is also planned. These developments will build upon the the enhancements to the retail and catering offer already delivered as part of the Vision programme e.g. the popular Gardener’s Cottage tea room
‘Field to Fork’ at the Farm
Tatton Park’s 40 acre working Farm has been redeveloped to become one of the most unique and comprehensive attractions in the region for everyone. In its heyday the Farm helped feed the whole of the Tatton estate and we’ve brought this to life through the Field to Fork story. Visitors can see how crops were grown and processed into animal feed in the impressive 18th Century Mill. They can meet farm workers from the past, like the Land Agent and Aunt Mary, and understand how animals were cared for, are treated now and in possibilities for the future. Understanding where food comes from and watching fascinating demonstrations of traditional farming skills like hand-milking and butter-making are all part of the experience. Don’t miss the original slaughterhouse where issues of sustainability and animal husbandry are examined. And of course there are rare breed animals and new arrivals throughout the year as well as a woodland play trail, den-building, maize maze and lots of seasonal events across the year. Visit the Tatton Dale Farm page for more information.
Tatton’s events and conference/banqueting facilities:
Tatton’s events programme has been enhanced to deliver one of the best and widest offerings of any venue in the North West. Over 100 events can be enjoyed by visitors every year including the famous RHS Tatton Park Flower Show, outdoor cinema, foodies festivals and car shows to name a few.
The conference, meeting and banqueting facilities have also undergone a significant upgrade including the introduction of a new Boardroom and improvements to Lord Egerton's Apartment. Upgrades to the atmospheric Tenant's Hall functions area have attracted additional weddings, conferences and exhibitions.
Existing activities at Tatton Park
Since 2011, a programme of smaller scale activities and developments to improve the visitor offer across the whole park has been delivered. This has resulted in a range of new experiences along with conservation projects and other improvements.
Activities already delivered include a new bird hide, a garden jubilee gazebo, improvements to the Knutsford entrance to the park, art installations and exhibitions in the mansion.