This 1620's house has it all. Stood in a large open green space surrounded by trees, a rose garden and forested areas, Forty shall Estate itself is both a local museum and an exhibition space. Original fireplaces, maps, decor and layouts to replicate the past of the estate- all free to which to enter and wander around. Within the space, various exhibitions take place throughout the year from the arts: paintings, textiles, drawings and mixed-media installations have all woven themselves into the fabric of the space.
Visitors can take a break at the downstairs vintage-decorated cafe, serving up drinks, cakes and lunches. The cafe is dog-friendly and so has two outdoor spaces if the weather is nice. There is also a souvenir and gift shop, as well as a farm-shop just outside the cafe behind the lake.
As well as a mixture of permanent and temporary exhibitions, Forty Hall host a variety of classes throughout the seasons. From knitting to drawing and painting stained-glass.
The rose garden is a nice escape for the larger green spaces. Highly dependent on the season, the array of roses, flowers and vegetables that grow in this area are forever changing.
"The 273 acre Grade II listed estate is a rare example of an intact 18th Century Landscape, with an Ornamental lake, medieval fishing ponds and streams, a walled garden, Pleasure grounds, Georgian and Victorian flora and fauna, lakes, lawns, and meadows."- Forty Hall
The space as a whole is large- grey for walkers. But it's great for picnics and short strolls with a playground and plenty of benches and flowered areas, not to mention the lake.
The estate and parkland is also not shy to a little live music or theatre. Every year, Forty Hall hosts a variety of concerts, from jazzz and alternative, to other live Performances and events in the estate. Themed dinner parties for charity, comedy and alternative theatre nights, are just a selection of what has graced the land. Festivals, markets and fairs are also a large part of Forty Hall, all of which feature on their site calendar.
The banqueting suite is also available to hire. With is own car park and outdoor space if requested, the suite comes with a reception area, bar and other amenities.