Action-packed season to get under way at Burghley House

Burghley House reopens on March 14.

Burghley House reopens on March 14.

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Rare Japanese ceramic “wrestling boys” rescued from being used as a door stop, a garden shed with a difference and the return of a blockbuster summer film festival are set to make 2015 another event-packed season at Burghley House.

Add in new-look South Gardens, summer outdoor concerts by Status Quo plus a night of 80s music as well as patriotic flag-waving Battle Proms and it’s not hard to see why Burghley House is such a favourite with visitors.

Regarded by many as England’s greatest Elizabethan house, Burghley offers a mix of special events, gardens and free-flow tours of the House with its huge collection of treasures.

For 2015, star attraction for the annual exhibition will be Burghley’s world-famous collection of Oriental Ceramics, many brought to the House during the Seventeeth Century. Among the exhibits will be a Japanese ceramic of two wrestlers from around 1670/85, which spent a while as a doorstop within the house - until its true provenance was re-discovered!

As well as displaying the earliest inventoried Japanese ceramics in the western world, Burghley will also be unveiling a new Garden Shed – not for tools or pots, but for drinks and ice creams! The quirky ‘snack spot’ will offer a quick service alternative to the Garden Café beside the Sculpture Garden and the Garden of Surprises.

In addition, Burghley’s South Gardens will be sporting a new look for 2015 when fountains add some extra interest to this normally private garden, which will open until April 12 for seasonal displays of spring bulbs. These South Gardens again host a Big Screen with the House as a spectacular backdrop when movies return to Burghley for the Film Festival (29 July - 2 August) featuring classic movies, Hollywood blockbusters and children’s favourites.

For younger visitors, ‘Horrible History’-style children’s guides bring history to life with ‘Beastly Boring Burghley’, a colourful and comical look at the history of the house, whilst ‘Gruesomely Grubby Gardens’ will provide a similar view for the younger visitor.

Summer will really be rocking in June when Status Quo perform live on stage in the parkland (June 6) followed the next night by a nostalgic line-up of 80s music featuring Bananarama, Midge Ure and Toyah among others. With something for every musical taste, the annual Battle Proms Concert ( July 4) is one of the UK’s premier picnic proms.

For full details of opening times visit www.burghley.co.uk or call 01780 752451.