The Burghley Events Diary

  • House and Gardens re-open


    Saturday 15th March

    The House and Gardens re-open on Saturday, 15th March 2014, open daily (House closed Fridays) until Sunday, 2nd November 2014, 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 'Collectibles and Curiosities', 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, 15th March to Sunday, 2nd November 2014. The House and Gardens will be closed from Thursday, 4th to Sunday, 7th September for the Land Rover Burghley Horse Trials.

  • South Gardens open


    Saturday 15th March - Monday 21st April

    The Private South Gardens offer magnificent seasonal displays of Narcissi and spring bulbs, from 11am to 4pm (last admission 3.30pm). Admission by donation.

    Head Gardener, John Burrows will be offering our House and Gardens visitors a guided tour of the South Gardens at 3pm on 18th, 25th and 27th March and 1st, 3rd, 8th, 10th, 15th and 17th April. For House and Garden day ticket holders only, those entering the Garden by donation will not be able to join the tour.

    The Private South Gardens will be open in aid of the National Gardens Scheme on Saturday, 12th and Sunday, 13th April, from 11am to 4pm (last admission 3.30pm).

  • Elgar and the Great War


    Saturday 29th March

    In 1914 Elgar was at the height of his powers when WWI shattered his world. Dejected by a war against the nation which had first recognized his genius, he nonetheless produced patriotic pieces to aid morale, some to help Belgian and Polish charities and composed some of his most deeply felt masterpieces. But it wasn't all sombre gloom - some of his best and most attractive light music comes from these years. However post 1918 was a different era that Elgar felt out of tune with. This course explores Elgar's war time music with one session devoted to other composers affected by these turbulent times.

  • Mother's Day at the Orangery Restaurant


    Sunday 30th March

    Treat the one you love this Mother’s Day at the Orangery Restaurant. Mums can enjoy a complimentary tea or coffee with breakfast or a free glass of bubbly when having a 2 course lunch from our Mother’s Day set menu or Signature Afternoon Tea. Please note that we are no longer taking group bookings for our pre-bookable seating due to demand, however there will be availability in the Orangery Restaurant and Garden Cafe for our day visitors.

  • South Gardens open


    Saturday 15th March - Monday 21st April

    The Private South Gardens offer magnificent seasonal displays of Narcissi and spring bulbs, from 11am to 4pm (last admission 3.30pm). Admission by donation.

    Head Gardener, John Burrows will be offering our House and Gardens visitors a guided tour of the South Gardens at 3pm on 18th, 25th and 27th March and 1st, 3rd, 8th, 10th, 15th and 17th April. For House and Garden day ticket holders only, those entering the Garden by donation will not be able to join the tour.

    The Private South Gardens will be open in aid of the National Gardens Scheme on Saturday, 12th and Sunday, 13th April, from 11am to 4pm (last admission 3.30pm).

  • Beastly Boring Burghley Tour


    Saturday 5th April - Thursday 17th April

    Join us daily at 10am (excluding Friday and Sunday) for a guided tour with a difference during the Easter half term from 5th to 17th April. 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.

    Each child will receive a free Beastly Boring Burghley Guidebook at the end of their tour.

    Beastly Boring Tours take place at 10am from 5th to 17th April 2014. Admission is free for Friends of Burghley, simply email susanna.plummer@burghley.co.uk.

  • Half Term Activities - Spring Crafts


    Monday 7th April - Wednesday 17th April

    Join us in the Sculpture Garden Classroom this half term to have a go at making your own spring crafts from butterfly doilies to paper plate ladybirds. Aimed at 5-10 year olds (or younger with adult assistance!) these craft activities are fun drop in workshops as a free addition to your day at Burghley. Admission is free with a House and Gardens or Gardens only ticket, from 12pm to 4pm, on Monday, 7th April to Thursday, 17th April (weekdays only). The workshops will take place under cover in the Gardens and so will continue whatever the weather!

  • National Gardens Scheme


    Saturday 12th April - Sunday 13th 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, 12th to Sunday, 13th April, between 11am to 4pm (last admission 3.30pm).

  • Burghley Fine Food Market


    Saturday 12th April - Sunday 13th April

    Food markets with a difference. Come and meet more than 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 three seasonal Fine Food Markets.




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




    Further Information
    There are three markets being held during 2014:
    Spring: 12th & 13th April
    Summer: 24th & 25th August
    Christmas: 29th & 30th November




    For details of exhibiting please contact holly.cammarata@burghley.co.uk

  • TVR Car Club - Season Opener


    Sunday 13th 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, 13th April!

  • Burghley Easter Egg Hunt


    Sunday 20th 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.

  • The Rat Race, Dirty Weekend


    Saturday 10th May - Sunday 11th 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

  • An Audience with Elizabeth I


    Friday 23rd May

    THIS EVENT HAS NOW SOLD-OUT. The evening begins with a glass of wine in the Orangery and then offers the opportunity to meet Lesley Smith, Curator of Tutbury Castle, as Her Majesty in a glittering presentation in the Great Hall that will transport you back to the time of Drake, Raleigh and Shakespeare on England’s voyage into the Renaissance.

    Tickets are £14 (£12 to Friends of Burghley), including a glass of wine, places are limited so please book early to avoid disappointment

  • Living Heritage Game and Country Show


    Sunday 25th May - Monday 26th 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

  • Beastly Boring Burghley Tour


    Tuesday 27th May - Thursday 29th May

    These tours have now sold out! Further tours are available during the Summer School Holidays.

    We know that due to many tours selling out during the last half term a lot of you were disappointed so we have put on 3 additional tours in May especially for you on Tuesday, 27th, Wednesday, 28th and Thursday, 29th May! Be guided around and find out the grizzly gruesome and horrible history associated with Burghley and the people who have lived here.

  • UB40 at Burghley


    Saturday 7th June

    UB40 featuring three of the founding members Mickey Virtue, Astro and original lead singer Ali Campbell will be appearing at this years summer concert at Burghley House. Ali Campbell and Astro Wilson are the two longtime vocalists who sang on all the previous UB40 albums and UB40 hits… together they created the sound on record and on stage and in June they will be performing the best of UB40 hits as well as new material. What a night it promises to be. UB40 featuring Ali, Astro and Mickey are on a world wide tour at present, and dates featured so far include Nigeria, Dubai. Portugal, Spain and South Africa. They are also scheduled to appear in Latvia, Germany, Belgium, the Netherlands as well as selected UK dates… make sure you don’t miss them.

    Tickets are now available! For more information on the event and to purchase tickets please visit the Live Promotions website – www.livepromotionsconcerts.co.uk

  • Behind The Scenes Gardens Tour - With John Burrows


    Thursday 26th June

    This tour has now SOLD-OUT! Please watch our events diary for an Autumn Tour due to be released later this year.

    We are delighted to offer an exciting new tour with Burghley’s Head Gardener, John Burrows. Discover the scientific workings behind the Garden of Surprises, tour the private South Gardens, learn the secrets of the private cutting garden and visit the Gardener’s Bothy before finishing your tour with a cup of English tea and clotted cream homemade scone overlooking the Rose Garden. From 2pm to 4.15pm.

  • Battle Proms Concert


    Saturday 5th July

    Join us for the 10th 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. Tickets can now be purchased on the gate. 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

  • Beastly Boring Burghley Tour


    Saturday 19th July - Wednesday 3rd September

    Join us daily at 10am (excluding Friday and Sunday) for a guided tour with a difference during the Summer Holidays from 19th July to 3rd September. 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.

    Each child will receive a free Beastly Boring Burghley Guidebook at the end of their tour.

    Admission is free for Friends of Burghley, simply email gemma.rigby@burghley.co.uk.

    Each child will receive a free Beastly Boring Burghley Guidebook at the end of their tour.

  • Newton Day at Burghley


    Friday 25th July

    Aimed at families with children aged 8 to 14 this is a wonderful opportunity to learn about the remarkable discoveries made by Sir Isaac Newton, a local man and one of the greatest Scientists and Mathematicians of all time. These FREE hour long sessions include a short presentation on aspects of Newton’s work followed by hands-on activities introducing aspects of Newton’s discoveries; 'Making a Rocket', 'Creating a Colour Wheel', 'Fashioning a Newton Wig', 'Building a Hovercraft' and 'Big Splat' demonstration!

    Numbers of child places will be strictly limited so please book early to avoid disappointment. Parents do not need to book tickets.

    Organised by the Institute of Physics Teacher Network these sessions are devised and led by Students and Physics Teachers.

  • Aston Martin Car Rally


    Sunday 27th July

    Aston Martins are coming to Burghley... and they're coming in numbers! On Sunday, 27th July Burghley are pleased to play host to the Aston Martin Car Rally in the Parkland with over 200+ cars on display from vintage classics to impressive modern models. Visitors are very welcome to walk amongst the cars to marvel at these iconic motors free of charge, with vehicles arriving from 10am and weather permitting a spitfire flypast at 3pm.

  • Summer Holiday - Drop In Craft Workshops


    Monday 28th July - Friday 29th August

    Join us during the school Summer Holidays for our monster themed drop in workshops running Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, from Monday, 28th July to Friday, 29th August... we think they are monstrously good! Workshops will be taking place between 12pm - 4pm in the Sculpture Garden Classroom, adjacent to the Gardens of Surprise and are ran by our Education Department and will include making giant monster feet, dancing dragons and many eyed masks.

    Admission is included with a House and Gardens or Gardens only ticket and Friends of Burghley and Gardens of Surprise Season Card members gain free entry.

  • Burghley Film Festival - Wednesday


    Wednesday 30th July

    The Burghley Film Festival returns once more to the South Gardens with an extended 5 days of fabulous films along with a best of British BBQ.

    On our opening evening, Wednesday, 30th July we will be showing a 'Great Romantics' double-bill of Audrey Hepburn's iconic movie Breakfast at Tiffany's along with Nicholas Sparks future classic The Notebook.

  • Burghley Film Festival - Thursday


    Thursday 31st July

    The Burghley Film Festival returns once more to the South Gardens with an extended 5 days of fabulous films along with a best of British BBQ.

    Thursday daytime will see the first of our family films with screenings of recent releases Monsters University and Despicable Me 2, while Thursday evening will be one of comedy classics with Monty Python and the Holy Grail and Monty Python's Life of Brian.

  • Summer Holiday - Drop In Craft Workshops


    Monday 28th July - Friday 29th August

    Join us during the school Summer Holidays for our monster themed drop in workshops running Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, from Monday, 28th July to Friday, 29th August... we think they are monstrously good! Workshops will be taking place between 12pm - 4pm in the Sculpture Garden Classroom, adjacent to the Gardens of Surprise and are ran by our Education Department and will include making giant monster feet, dancing dragons and many eyed masks.

    Admission is included with a House and Gardens or Gardens only ticket and Friends of Burghley and Gardens of Surprise Season Card members gain free entry.

  • Burghley Film Festival - Friday


    Friday 1st August

    The Burghley Film Festival returns once more to the South Gardens with an extended 5 days of fabulous films along with a best of British BBQ.

    Friday's films will follow an 'Action & Espionage' theme with daytime screenings of the Incredibles and Johny English, staring Rowan Atkinson. While in last year's Friday evening sell-out spot we will bring you the Bourne Identity and Oscar winner Argo.

  • Burghley Film Festival - Saturday


    Saturday 2nd August

    The Burghley Film Festival returns once more to the South Gardens with an extended 5 days of fabulous films along with a best of British BBQ.

    Saturday daytime will allow you to discover a new world with Epic and a magical one with romantic fantasy Stardust!
    Saturday evening Dirty Dancing and 80's favourite Top Gun has now SOLD OUT!

    Come in costume! Do you think you’d make a good Iceman or could compete with Jennifer Grey then come dressed up on the night. The best costume will win a private tour of Burghley and a special afternoon tea for two in the Orangery Restaurant!

  • Burghley Film Festival - Sunday


    Sunday 3rd August

    The Burghley Film Festival returns once more to the South Gardens with an extended 5 days of fabulous films along with a best of British BBQ.

    Sunday daytime will see a double-bill of family favourite Disney classics Little Mermaid and Bedknobs and Broomsticks. Why not join us for the close of the festival on Sunday evening, almost 100 years to the day since Great Britain declared War on Germany on 4th August 1914, when will be screening Steven Spielberg's award winning adaptation of War Horse.

  • Stamford Kiwanis Family Fun Day


    Sunday 10th August

    A fun day of activities, entertainment, activity workshops and a myriad of learning experiences for the whole family! On Sunday, 10 August 2014, 10 am to 5 pm join us in Burghley Park to enjoy all the fun of the Fair, a host of children’s activities, craft workshops, sporting tuition, dance sessions and all day entertainment free of charge. There will also be delicious hog roasts, burgers, ice cream and much more to indulge in. A fantastic family day out !  

    kiwanisFor further information please visit www.funday.stamfordkiwanis.org.uk.

  • Burghley Fine Food Market


    Sunday 24th August - Monday 25th August

    Food markets with a difference. Come and meet more than 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 three seasonal Fine Food Markets.

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

    Further Information There are two remaining markets being held during 2014:
    Summer: 24th & 25th August
    Christmas: 29th & 30th November

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

  • Beastly Boring Burghley Tour


    Saturday 19th July - Wednesday 3rd September

    Join us daily at 10am (excluding Friday and Sunday) for a guided tour with a difference during the Summer Holidays from 19th July to 3rd September. 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.

    Each child will receive a free Beastly Boring Burghley Guidebook at the end of their tour.

    Admission is free for Friends of Burghley, simply email gemma.rigby@burghley.co.uk.

    Each child will receive a free Beastly Boring Burghley Guidebook at the end of their tour.

  • Land Rover Burghley Horse Trials


    Thursday 4th September - Sunday 7th September

    The Land Rover Burghley Horse Trials (Thursday, 4th to Sunday, 7th September 2014) is the premier equestrian and social event in the international sporting calendar and a focus for the best horses and riders in the world. The parkland of Burghley provides a perfect setting for the 4-Day Event competition and a stunning location for the popular shopping village of more than 600 exhibitors - tempting all ages and tastes. For more information visit www.burghley-horse.co.uk

    Please note:
    During the build up to the Burghley Horse Trials access to the House and Gardens via the park will be restricted. The House and Gardens will be closed for the duration of the Horse Trials.

  • 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

    Last year's sell out Spooky Tours return! Prepare to be scared from Monday, 20th October until Saturday, 1st November (excluding Sundays) with our spine chilling Spooky Tours. Journey down into the creepy cellars, explore the forbidding outbuildings and centuries old cloisters of Burghley by flickering torchlight while unearthing Burghley's secret history. Places will once again be limited. Tickets will go on sale shortly... watch this space!

  • 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

    Last year's sell out Spooky Tours return! Prepare to be scared from Monday, 20th October until Saturday, 1st November (excluding Sundays) with our spine chilling Spooky Tours. Journey down into the creepy cellars, explore the forbidding outbuildings and centuries old cloisters of Burghley by flickering torchlight while unearthing Burghley's secret history. Places will once again be limited. Tickets will go on sale shortly... watch this space!

  • 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 Fine Food Market


    Saturday 29th November - Sunday 30th November

    Food markets with a difference. Come and meet more than 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 three seasonal Fine Food Markets.

    The Courtyard. Open 10am to 3pm. Free admission.

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

  • 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

    Christmas just isn’t the same without Carols! What better way to begin your festive celebrations than to come and join us in the Great Hall at Burghley and enjoy hearing new and favourite carols and Christmas music performed by the Cantus Choir and Orchestra. From 6.00pm with drinks in the Orangery, at 6.30pm the Choir will be joined by the young soprano Miranda Heldt. With audience participation this will be an evening of festive fun and sparkle for all of the family to enjoy. Tickets to go on sale later this season.