Summer Trip to Apethorpe Palace and Lyveden New Bield

Lyveden New Bield
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Monday 9 July  2018

Cost £14 – subsidised by the Campden House project

The Campden House project has organised a visit for Monday 9 July to Apethorpe Palace and Lyveden New Bield.

Apethorpe Palace

Apethorpe Palace holds a particularly important place in English history because of its ownership by, and role in, entertaining Tudor and Stuart monarchs.  Elizabeth I inherited the building from Henry VIII, and James I and Charles I lived there from time to time.  James I so loved Apethorpe that it was extended to make it more suitable for his ‘princely recreation’ and ‘commodious entertainment’, particularly for hunting in the nearby royal forest of Rockingham. The resulting series of state rooms, including the King’s Bedchamber and the impressive Long Gallery, is one of the most complete to survive from the Jacobean period.

Lyveden New Bield

Lyveden New Bield is an intriguing Elizabethan lodge and moated garden and a remarkable survivor of the Elizabethan age.  Built by Sir Thomas Tresham, a noted Roman Catholic recusant, Lyveden remains incomplete and virtually unaltered since work stopped on his death in 1605.  There are tranquil moats, viewing terraces and an Elizabethan orchard to explore, as well as an enigmatic garden lodge covered in religious symbols.  The audio guide describes Sir Thomas’s dream and how it all ended in a nightmare for the Tresham family with their involvement in the Gunpowder Plot. 

Complete and return the booking form to secure a place.

The coach will leave the Town Hall at 8 am and return for about 5.30 pm. The journey to Apethorpe Palace is approximately 2 hours with a ‘pitstop’ a short way away. The coach will drop us off in the village and we will walk to the mansion (200 yards) where we will have a guided tour lasting 1½ hours.  Then to Lyveden New Bield, approximately ½ hour.  Picnic lunch – bring your own – there is a café for drinks and light refreshments.
We will start back at approximately 3.30 pm

The facilities at Apethorpe Palace are limited and there are some restrictions – we are told that there will be nowhere to sit down, that we must not wear high heels, and plastic covers will be supplied for shoes should it be wet.  In response to visitor feedback a toilet is now available.

Lyveden New Bield is a National Trust property;  bring your card if you are a member.  If you are not an NT member, be prepared to pay on the door as it is not included in the cost of the trip.


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