The Burghley Events Diary

30 Jan 2020 - 7 Feb 2020

Join us for a Winter Walk with our Head Gardener, Joe Whitehead. See all the developments in the Gardens whilst we have been closed to the public. The tour will take you through the private South Gardens as well as the Sculpture Gardens and Garden of Surprises. Please note that the tour is on foot, […]

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8 Mar 2020

A sensational course linking Burghley and Stamford. With incredible access to the private areas of the Burghley Estate, this is a real adventure through the many places that make this area amazing. The race flowing through the beautiful town of Stamford, stunning landmarks, local communities, beautiful villages and the surrounding countryside. It has it all. […]

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14 Mar 2020

The House and Gardens re-open on Saturday, 14 March 2020, open daily (House closed Fridays) until Sunday, 1 November 2020, from 11am to 5pm (last admission at 4.30pm).

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Open daily (House closed Fridays) from Saturday 14th March to Sunday 1st November 2020. Please note that the House and Gardens are closed for the duration of the Land Rover Burghley Horse Trials, 2nd-6th September.

14 Mar 2020 - 13 Apr 2020

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 annual pass or by donation. (Suggested donation £5.00)

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The Private South Gardens will be open in aid of the Evergreen Care Trust.

Annual pass tickets will be accepted for entry into the South Gardens.

20 Mar 2020

William Cecil:  Renaissance, Reformation and the Renewal of England Join David Starkey’s lecture, part of our Lecture Series, celebrating Lord Burghley’s 500th Anniversary. Taking place in the Great Hall, with drinks in the Orangery from 6pm and the lecture beginning from 7pm. If you are a Friend of Burghley, please proceed to the Membership Portal […]

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4 Apr 2020 - 5 Apr 2020

Come and meet a large range of local suppliers in a celebration of local produce with handmade cheeses, organic vegetables, luxury sweet treats and rare breed meats. The market takes place in The Courtyard. Open 10am to 4pm. Free admission and free parking. If you would like to become an Exhibitor for any of Burghley’s […]

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4 Apr 2020 - 5 Apr 2020

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!

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4 Apr 2020 - 5 Apr 2020

The Private South Gardens, with its nineteenth century yew hedges, and recently restored fountains, 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 4th to Sunday 5th […]

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Admission to the South Gardens will be by donation to the National Gardens Scheme. Admission will be free for those with House and Gardens tickets, Annual Passes and Friends of Burghley.

12 Apr 2020

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 […]

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Please note that Annual Pass tickets will not be accepted for admission on this event day unless they are purchased on the day of the event or online e-tickets being used for the first time.

The Burghley Easter Egg Hunt is free to our Friends of Burghley.

HHA membership is not valid for free entry on this day.

24 Apr 2020

Symbols, Secrets and Stonemasons: New Insights on the Roman Stair at Burghley Jennifer Alexander’s lecture will take place in the Great Hall, with drinks in the Orangery from 6pm and the lecture from 7pm. If you are a Friend of Burghley, please proceed to the Membership Portal to purchase your discounted ticket.

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9 May 2020

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.

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For more information, please visit Rat Race Dirty Weekend 2020

14 May 2020

Elizabeth, Leicester and the Elizabethan Garden at Kenilworth Anna Keay’s lecture will take place in the Great Hall, with drinks in the Orangery from 6pm and the lecture from 7pm. Anna will discuss the remarkable garden created at Kenilworth Castle in the 1570s by Robert Dudley, Earl of Leicester, who, with Lord Burghley, was one […]

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24 May 2020 - 25 May 2020

This large Country Fair features two main arenas presenting country sports & pursuits at their very best. Enjoy first class entertainment from some of the countryside’s top names and organisations in the UK. Try out lots of country sports Clayshoot, Airguns, Archery, Fishing and a large selection of dog events. Enjoy all the other show […]

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

30 May 2020

Join thousands of women all over the UK as they take part in Cancer Research’s Race for Life to raise money so we can beat cancer sooner. 5k (or just over 3 miles) is an achievable distance for all ages and abilities. You can take part however you like and choose to run, jog or […]

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10 Jun 2020

Runaways. Fairies. Goblins. WATER PISTOLS!?! Look out, it’s Rubbish Shakespeare! Performing on the of 10th June, The Rubbish Shakespeare Company cast of four have the Bard’s impish tale of forbidden love and pixies in their sights.  ​Their plan, to stage the greatest edition of the Dream ever seen complete with magic in it and everything. […]

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Gates will open at 17:30pm. Please bring your own seating and please feel free to bring a family picnic along and enjoy the summer weather.

11 Jun 2020

The Tudors: Art, Architecture and Burghley House Simon Thurley’s lecture will take place in the Great Hall, with drinks in the Orangery from 6pm and the lecture from 7pm. If you are a Friend of Burghley, please proceed to the Membership Portal to purchase your discounted ticket.

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19 Jun 2020 - 21 Jun 2020

The highlight of the Rolls Royce Enthusiasts Club year is the Annual Rally and Concours, taking place this year at Burghley.  This is the largest Rolls-Royce and Bentley gathering anywhere in the world and makes a spectacular sight. The whole event spans a weekend, with trade and other stands, an auction of cars and automobilia, […]

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Please note that the House and Gardens are open as usual. Please follow our normal house opening signs to enter our main car park where parking is free if you wish to visit the house, gardens or parkland. If you wish to take part in the rally, please follow the RREC signage.

3 Jul 2020

Lesley Smith as Queen Elizabeth I Lesley Smith’s lecture will take place in the Great Hall, with drinks in the Orangery from 6pm and the lecture from 7pm. With live music played by Elizabethan Minstrel Dante Ferrara. If you are a Friend of Burghley, please proceed to the Membership Portal to purchase your discounted ticket.

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11 Jul 2020

Britain’s premier classical open-air concert with music, Spitfire, cannons, cavalry & fireworks Pack up the hampers and champers for the 16th annual Burghley House Battle Proms Concert! A firmly established favourite in the local calendar, this party in the park with a difference is attended by thousands of loyal fans every year, who are treated […]

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1 Aug 2020

Burghley are delighted to introduce a new live music event for 2020: Classic Ibiza! Party the night away to classic Ibiza anthems under the stars in a family friendly environment with the beautiful backdrop of Burghley House. Classic Ibiza is a symphony for your senses. Join us on a magical rollercoaster ride of dance music’s […]

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29 Aug 2020 - 31 Aug 2020

Food markets with a difference! Come and meet a large range of local suppliers in a celebration of local produce with handmade cheeses, organic vegetables, luxury sweet treats and rare breed meats at one of our seasonal Fine Food Markets. The market takes place in The Courtyard. Open 10am to 4pm. Free admission and free […]

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2 Sep 2020 - 6 Sep 2020

The Land Rover Burghley Horse Trials (Wednesday 2nd September to Sunday 6th September 2020) 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 […]

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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.

11 Sep 2020

One Heart, One Way: The Life and Career of William Cecil, Baron of Burghley Stephen Alford’s lecture will take place in the Great Hall, with drinks in the Orangery from 6pm and the lecture from 7pm. William Cecil served continuously at the heart of Queen Elizabeth I’s government for a few months short of forty […]

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30 Sep 2020 - 3 Oct 2020

Great houses like Burghley were built for entertaining and are often at their best just after the main visitors have left and the twilight seeps in through the windows which combined with the soft lighting of the artworks evokes the feeling of travelling back in time to when the House would have seen endless evenings […]

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9 Oct 2020

Shakespeare’s World Suzannah Lipscomb’s lecture will take place in the Great Hall, with drinks in the Orangery from 6pm and the lecture from 7pm. On William Shakespeare’s death, Ben Jonson, paid the bard a compliment that continues to define our attitude to Shakespeare: ‘He was not of an age, but for all time’. Shakespeare’s talent […]

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17 Oct 2020 - 1 Nov 2020

During October why not come and join us for the Burghley Halloween Trail around the Sculpture Garden. Tread through the crispy Autumn leaves and find the hidden spooks to receive a treat. Admission is included with a House and Gardens or Gardens only ticket. Annual Pass holders and Friends of Burghley also get free admission. […]

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Admittance is free of charge with a House and Gardens or Gardens only ticket, Friends of Burghley or Annual Pass.

19 Oct 2020 - 31 Oct 2020

Our popular Spooky Tours are returning, with local ghostly expert Martin Tempest, from Monday 19th to Saturday 31st October (excluding Sundays). The tours are designed to be scary but fun. Although not recommended for children under 11, we leave it up to parents to decide as you know your children best! The tour takes place […]

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