The Burghley Events Diary

  • Burghley Flower Festival


    Saturday 4th October - Sunday 12th October

    Burghley Flower Festival will transform the magnificent State Rooms with beautiful floral displays created by local flower societies. Offering a new perspective on England's greatest Elizabethan House each room will inspire floral arrangements with societies taking their inspiration from this year's theme, 'Cities on the Grand Tour', in addition to the painted ceilings and 17th Century art. Valid with a House and Gardens or House only ticket.

    Valid with a House and Garden or House only ticket. There is no extra charge for the Flower Festival. 4th-12th October (not including Friday, 10th when the House is closed)

  • The Burghley Pumpkin Trail


    Saturday 18th October - Sunday 2nd November

    During October why not come and join us for the Burghley Pumpkin Trail around the Sculpture Garden. Tread through the crispy Autumn leaves and find the hidden pumpkins to receive a treat. Afterwards why not warm up in the Garden Cafe with a yummy hot chocolate or a cup of steaming soup? Open daily from 11am to 5pm (last admission at 4.30pm).

    Admittance is free of charge with a House and Gardens or Gardens only ticket and entry is free to our Friends of Burghley and Gardens of Surprise Season Card holders.

  • Spooky Tours


    Monday 20th October - Saturday 1st November

    Spooky Tour public tickets from Monday, 20th October to Sunday, 1st November have now sold out! To book exclusive group nights for 25 people or more, outside of these dates, please contact susanna.plummer@burghley.co.uk or call 01780 761988 to organise a private tour, charged at £20 per person.

  • Beastly Boring Burghley Tour


    Monday 20th October - Thursday 30th October

    Join us daily at 10am (excluding Fridays and Sundays) for a guided tour with a difference during the Autumn Holidays (20th - 30th October). Be guided around by our costumed guides and find out all the grizzly gruesome and horrible history associated with Burghley and the people who have lived here. Admission is free with a House and Gardens ticket for the day, but numbers for the tour are limited, so book your Beastly Boring Burghley day tickets here and your place will be reserved. Your ticket will then give you access to the House and Gardens for the rest of the day.

  • Living Heritage Craft, Food and Gift Fair


    Saturday 25th October - Sunday 26th October

    The ever popular Autumn Craft, Food and Gift Fair from Living Heritage events returns to Burghley for a weekend of craft and food shopping along with working demonstrations of traditional English crafts. From ceramics and jewellery to glass blowing and bee keeping, there is something for everyone as well as children's entertainments and the ever popular food hall.

    For tickets please contact Living Heritage on 01283 820548 or visit www.livingheritagecraftshows.co.uk

  • A Musical Box of Surprises and Delights


    Saturday 25th October

    The works of most great composers contain forgotten corners, unknown or overlooked pieces, or uncharacteristic works, many of which shed new and unexpected light on the composers' reputation. The morning session will listen to many of these intriguing works.  The afternoon will take the opposite course, and look at brilliant and exciting music written by composers too readily written off as second-rate, or one-work composers, or even totally forgotten composers who deserve a better fate.  Come and enjoy some unexpected and delicious musical surprises!

  • Spooky Tours


    Monday 20th October - Saturday 1st November

    Spooky Tour public tickets from Monday, 20th October to Sunday, 1st November have now sold out! To book exclusive group nights for 25 people or more, outside of these dates, please contact susanna.plummer@burghley.co.uk or call 01780 761988 to organise a private tour, charged at £20 per person.

  • The Burghley Pumpkin Trail


    Saturday 18th October - Sunday 2nd November

    During October why not come and join us for the Burghley Pumpkin Trail around the Sculpture Garden. Tread through the crispy Autumn leaves and find the hidden pumpkins to receive a treat. Afterwards why not warm up in the Garden Cafe with a yummy hot chocolate or a cup of steaming soup? Open daily from 11am to 5pm (last admission at 4.30pm).

    Admittance is free of charge with a House and Gardens or Gardens only ticket and entry is free to our Friends of Burghley and Gardens of Surprise Season Card holders.

  • Burghley House Christmas Fair


    Thursday 27th November - Sunday 30th November

    The Christmas Fair will offer a unique opportunity to find perfect gifts in the beautiful Elizabethan surrounding of the Chestnut Courtyard and Brewhouse. Wander amongst the stands and choose from exciting new products and ideas and indulge yourself, your family and friends with stunning fashions and accessories, leather bags and belts, dazzling jewellery from sparkly fashion to graceful diamonds, lustrous velvet and satin scarves and luxurious soaps and skincare. During the Christmas Fair our Christmas Shop will once again pop-up offering Christmas bargains.

    For further information please contact the Rural Crafts Association on 01428 684494 or visit www.ruralcraftsassociation.co.uk.

  • Burghley Fine Food Market


    Saturday 29th November - Sunday 30th November

    Come and meet around 30 local suppliers in a celebration of local festive produce with handmade cheeses, artisan breads, organic vegetables, luxury sweet treats and rare breed meats.

    The Courtyard. Open 10am to 4pm. Free admission.

    There will be 4 markets held during 2015:
    Spring: 11th & 12th April
    Mid-Summer: 20th & 21st June
    Summer: 30th & 31st August
    Christmas: 28th & 29th November

    For details of exhibiting please contact kara.lockyer@burghley.co.uk.

  • Festive Floral Workshops


    Thursday 4th December - Friday 5th December

    Our popular Festive Floral Workshops with Head Gardener John Burrows return this Christmas at 10am and 2pm on Thursday, 4th and Friday, 5th December. Learn how to make a stunning Christmas arrangement suitable to hang on your door or to use as the centrepiece for your Christmas table. Enjoy a demonstration by John followed by the chance to create your own floral masterpiece to take home with you.

  • Santa Fun Run


    Sunday 14th December

    The Burghley Rotary will again be hosting their popular Santa Fun Run in the Lower Park. Last years event saw more than 800 Santa's take to Burghley Park to raise money for charity. Online entry for participants will be available from Wednesday, 1st October 2014. For all queries about the event please visit www.stamfordsantafunrun.com.

  • Christmas Carol Concert for Families


    Wednesday 17th December

    What better way to begin your festive celebrations than to join us in the Great Hall at Burghley and enjoy hearing your favourite carols and Christmas music performed by the Cantus Choir and Orchestra. Drinks in the Orangery from 6.00pm and at 6.30pm the Choir will be joined by the young soprano Miranda Heldt in the Great Hall. With audience participation this will be an evening of festive fun and sparkle for all of the family to enjoy. Adult tickets are £14 and child tickets £10 and places will be limited.

  • House and Gardens re-open


    Saturday 14th March

    The House and Gardens re-open on Saturday, 14th March 2014, open daily (House closed Fridays) until Sunday, 1st November 2015, from 11am to 5pm (last admission at 4.30pm). This year's exhibitions, included in your House and Gardens ticket, will be 'The House at War', exploring Burghley's important role as a Red Cross Hospital during WWI and 'Oriental Porcelain', which brings to life fascinating objects picked up by the family over their more than 450 year history at Burghley.

    Open daily (House closed Fridays) from Saturday, 14th March to Sunday, 1st November 2015. The House and Gardens will be closed from Thursday, 3rd to Sunday, 6th September for the Land Rover Burghley Horse Trials.

  • South Gardens open


    Saturday 14th March - Sunday 12th April

    The Private South Gardens offer magnificent seasonal displays of Narcissi and spring bulbs and give an injection of formality into 'Capability' Brown's sweeping vistas. Open from 11am to 4pm (last admission 3.30pm). Admission included with a House and Gardens or Gardens only ticket or by donation.

    Join our Head Gardener, John Burrows, for a guided tour of the South Gardens at 3pm on Tuesday, 17th, Thursday, 19th and Tuesday, 24th March. Included with a House and Gardens or Gardens only ticket.

    The Private South Gardens will be open in aid of the National Gardens Scheme on Saturday, 11th and Sunday, 12th April, from 11am to 4pm (last admission 3.30pm).

  • South Gardens open


    Saturday 14th March - Sunday 12th April

    The Private South Gardens offer magnificent seasonal displays of Narcissi and spring bulbs and give an injection of formality into 'Capability' Brown's sweeping vistas. Open from 11am to 4pm (last admission 3.30pm). Admission included with a House and Gardens or Gardens only ticket or by donation.

    Join our Head Gardener, John Burrows, for a guided tour of the South Gardens at 3pm on Tuesday, 17th, Thursday, 19th and Tuesday, 24th March. Included with a House and Gardens or Gardens only ticket.

    The Private South Gardens will be open in aid of the National Gardens Scheme on Saturday, 11th and Sunday, 12th April, from 11am to 4pm (last admission 3.30pm).

  • Burghley Easter Egg Hunt


    Sunday 5th April

    The popular Burghley Easter Egg Hunt will once again be taking place in the Gardens of Surprise, from 11am to 5pm (last admission 4.30pm). Follow the treasure hunt around the Gardens of Surprise and solve the riddle to claim your full size chocolate egg from the Easter Bunny. Parents are also asked to test their Easter knowledge to try and win a family Season Card. All entries will go in to the prize draw for a giant chocolate Easter Bunny.

    Admittance is free of charge with a House and Gardens or Gardens only ticket and is free to our Friends of Burghley and Garden of Surprise Season Card holders.

  • National Gardens Scheme


    Saturday 11th April - Sunday 12th April

    The Private South Gardens, with its nineteenth century yew hedges, offers wonderful views of both the Lion Bridge and South Front of Burghley. The South Gardens magnificent displays of narcissi and spring bulbs will be available to visit in aid of the National Gardens Scheme on Saturday, 11th to Sunday, 12th April, between 11am to 4pm (last admission 3.30pm).

  • Burghley Fine Food Market


    Saturday 11th April - Sunday 12th April

    Come and meet around 30 local suppliers in a celebration of local produce with handmade cheeses, artisan breads, organic vegetables, luxury sweet treats and rare breed meats.

    The Courtyard. Open 10am to 4pm. Free admission.

    There are 4 markets being held during 2015:
    Spring: 11th & 12th April
    Mid-Summer: 20th & 21st June
    Summer: 30th & 31st August
    Christmas: 28th & 29th November

    For details of exhibiting please contact kara.lockyer@burghley.co.uk.

  • TVR Car Club - Season Opener


    Sunday 12th April

    Burghley Horse Power

    The TVR Car Club will be gathering in force at Burghley for their annual season opener. With a cross section of models, Club Shop and TVR related trade stands there will be plenty to see and do on Sunday, 12th April!

  • The Rat Race, Dirty Weekend


    Saturday 9th May

    Dirty Weekend is quite simply the World's Biggest Assault Course, followed by an Epic After-Party of Festival-Proportions. The run itself consists of 2 options: The Full Mucker (20 miles) and Half Mucker (13 miles) option for those who want most of the obstacles but who find the full distance a little much.

    Further details can be found on the Rat Race’s website – www.ratracedirtyweekend.com/#up

  • Living Heritage Game and Country Show


    Sunday 24th May - Monday 25th May

    The Burghley Game & Country Show returns at the end of May for a whole host of country attractions and entertainment. The Falconry Village includes a flying arena, indoor training arena, specialised trade stands, static displays, resident falconers plus guests, clubs and everything else you would expect to find at a falconry show. Equestrian demonstrations can be seen in the specialist arena. Other types of horse are used for competitions such as scurry racing and mounted games, which can be seen in the main arena.

    For tickets please contact Living Heritage on 01283 820548 or visit www.livingheritagecountryshows.co.uk

  • Status Quo at Burghley


    Saturday 6th June

    We are happy to welcome back Live Promotions to Burghley again this year after a successful collaboration for Jools Holland in 2013 and UB40 in 2014. This June will see rock and roll band Status Quo in concert on Saturday, 6th June. Rick Parfitt, Francis Rossi, Andy Bown, John 'Rhino' Edwards and Leon Cave will be entertaining fans within our beautiful grounds with hits such as Rockin' All Over The World, Whatever You Want, and Maguerita Time.

    Tickets and more details about the show can be found at livepromotionsconcerts.co.uk/status-quo-burghley.

  • 80's Greatest Hits Show


    Sunday 7th June

    The nostalgic line-up for this years concert features Bananarama (Hits include Cruel Summer and Venus), Midge Ure (Lead singer of Ultravox, famous for Vienna), Toyah (It's A Mystery and I Want To Be Free), Odyssey (Use It Up and Wear It Out & Going Back To My Roots), and Curiosity Killed The Cat (Singles include Misfit and Down To Earth). Join us for a fabulous night of retro tunes and reliving the fantastic musical era of the 1980’s!

    Tickets and more details about the show can be found at livepromotionsconcerts.co.uk/80s-burghley.

  • Burghley Fine Food Market


    Saturday 20th June - Sunday 21st June

    Food markets with a difference! Come and meet around 30 local suppliers in a celebration of local produce with handmade cheeses, artisan breads, organic vegetables, luxury sweet treats and rare breed meats at one of our 4 seasonal Fine Food Markets.

    The Courtyard. Open 10am to 4pm. Free admission.

    There are still 3 markets to be held during 2015:
    Mid-Summer: 20th & 21st June
    Summer: 30th & 31st August
    Christmas: 28th & 29th November

    For details of exhibiting please contact kara.lockyer@burghley.co.uk.

  • Battle Proms Concert


    Saturday 4th July

    Join us for the 11th annual Battle Proms at Burghley House, one of the UK's premier picnic proms offering an evening of soul stirring classical music. Featuring a Spitfire display, cannons, cavalry and fireworks this is an unforgettable event and one you’ll want to return to year after year. Gates open at 4.30pm. Adults £40 children (5-15 years) £17. For more information see www.battleproms.com


    More information on the event and details on tickets can be found on Battle Proms website – www.battleproms.com