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JAYNE, THE FARM AND OTHER ANIMALS
 
There is something rather special about The Home Farm in Tatton Park. It’s not just that it has been restored and is still a working farm using many original buildings but the nostalgic atmosphere created by Manager, Jayne Chapman and her dedicated young team. Many hundreds of adults and children are entertained and educated here throughout the season. Walk out into the yard and suddenly you are gently transported  to another era. Maybe the time of the second world war when the farm was vital for the self-sufficiency of the estate.  Lord Egerton and his family, with their busy aristocratic lifestyle, provided employment for many local people either within the estate and also protection for young evacuees from Manchester
 
Eve (4), with copper curls and shy smile, was my companion for the day. Visiting just after a hectic Easter the whole farm was alive with new or imminent births and pretty spring flowers decorating the yard. It is such a busy time for Jayne and her staff but she kindly gave us a guided tour around her much loved domain. Though not from a farming background she always wanted to work with animals and, as a youngster, helped on a farm in Pickmere.  Agricultural College followed and a job as a farm ranger at Tatton Park. 18 years on and 5 years ago she got her dream job – to be the Farm Manager.  For total relaxation she climbs in the Peak District or the Himalayas and has spent time with primates in Texas – but that is another story.

This life clearly suits her. Jayne positively glows with delight as we meet up with all the rare breed animals and Kippy, the farm dog, is never far from her side.
She communicates easily with all age groups and never seems to tire of chatting about her work. The farmyard smells are surprisingly sweet and inoffensive though in the piggery the dear little piglets and their mums produced a slightly more memorable pungency. The farm is now an appointed Centre for Rare Breeds and it is hoped that an Animal Adoption scheme will soon be available. Pregnant Red poll cows, greedy goats, chirpy chickens, dozy donkeys, the titian haired tamworth pigs (my favourites) with gorgeous piglets snuggling and snuffling in their immaculate sties.  Out into clearer air and over the cobbled yard to see the giants of the farm – the Shire mare, who will give birth in May, now standing still and statuesque in her stable and allowing us to stroke her swollen belly. Such a magnificent working animal and with Jayne riding her they have taken many prizes at local shows. The visitors are crowding round – this month especially is all about lambs – over 40 had been born in a short time – some only hours old – and one little one, on his wobbly, woolly legs, became the star of the show taking the bottle of milk with great gusto.  Kippy kept control. This is what we came to see.  In this special place I can see why Jayne couldn’t possibly live anywhere else







 

2011 Events at Tatton Park, Knutsford, Cheshire.
 

OCTOBER TO DECEMBER 2011

The North West Food Lovers Festival
From 21 October 2011 to 23 October 2011
The North West Food Lovers Festival.With over 120 delicious food and drink stalls selling the best produce available from across the region, this year's festival will bring a feast of fun to all the family.
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Get Squashed in the Gardens
From 22 October 2011 to 30 October 2011
Enjoy the fantastic displays of Tatton's end of season produce: squashes, marrows, pumpkins, gourds and other tasty home-grown varieties! Follow the trail to Tatton's special pumpkin tree. Normal Park Entry Charge Applies. Closed Monday.
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Skin and Bones Natural History at Tatton Park
From 25 October 2011 to 30 October 2011
During October half term join the Mansion and Ranger teams as they explore Natural History at Tatton Park.
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Halloween Hauntings at the Old Hall

From 25 October 2011 to 30 October 2011
TV's Most Haunted Live were genuinely spooked when they visited the Old Hall during January 2010. See how scared you are when you visit the Horrendously Haunted Old Hall this Halloween
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Tatton Park Christmas Shopping Fair
From 29 October 2011 to 30 October 2011
It's an early chance to look for those special christmas gifts for all the family. You will be delighted by idea's for presents not usually found in High Street shops!
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Christmas Gift Fair
From 5 November 2011 to 6 November 2011
It's an early chance to look for those special Christmas gifts for all the family. You will be delighted by ideas for presents not usually found in High Street shops! Fifty exhibitors selected from all over the country. Normal Park Entry Charge applies. visit www.countrywide-events.co.uk or Tel 01530 834056 for more information
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Pruning Course
19 November 2011
Gear up for pruning your trees and shrubs this autumn. Learn about the correct equipment and improve your knowledge, with the help of the gardening team
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Pruning Course
26 November 2011
Gear up for pruning your trees and shrubs this autumn. Learn about the correct equipment and improve your knowledge, with the gardening team on hand to answer any queries.
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Christmas and New Year Party Extravaganzas - From 2 December 2011 to 31 December 2011
Superb Christmas and New Year Parties in the Grande Pavilion. For 2011 celebrate with us Venetian Carnivale - an opportunity to join us for an evening of glamour, decadence and sumptous food
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Visit the Venetian Christmas Mansion
From 7 December 2011 to 23 December 2011
This year the opulence and sophistication of Venice comes to Tatton Park inspired by the Egerton family’s travels to Venice during the 18th and 19th centuries. The influence of Italy on the Mansion is reflected in the Mansion’s collections, in particular the Canaletto paintings on display in the Drawing Room. The state rooms are spectacularly decorated with striking displays and traditional fresh garlands from the parkland. Live music entertains you during your visit. On weekdays Tatton’s mansion staff will be demonstrating how to make your own decorations at home and kitchen staff will be busy preparing for Christmas. Children can take part in venetian mask making at weekends Closed Mon and Tue
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Christmas Lantern Parade welcomes Father Christmas
9 December 2011
See Father Christmas arrive at Tatton Park during a brand new lantern parade. Meet Tatton’s two adorable reindeer Prancer and Dance. Bring along any no longer wanted toys to donate to a children’s charity. There’ll also be the opportunity to post your Chistmas wish list to Father Christmas. Festive music from local band and choir will entertain and the shops and restaurant will be open late for Christmas shopping and dining
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Father Christmas at Tatton Park's Farm
From 10 December 2011 to 11 December 2011
Father Christmas arrives at Tatton Park on Friday December 9th and children can pay a visit to see him during the following weekends. This year he’ll have Prancer and Dancer with him, two adorable reindeer who will be resident at the Farm. All the Farm animals, including the donkeys, pigs and horses and Tatton’s famous rare breed animals are all on show, while some are the star attractions of the nativity scene. Visit Father Christmas in his grotto and receive a special Christmas gift. Children’s rides (small extra charge), face painting and story telling making a great Christmas day out for the family.
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Christmas Decorations
10 December 2011
Indulge your creativity in the festive season. Join the gardening team to produce your own inspirational Christmas wreath to take home.
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Northern Chamber Orchestra Christmas Concert
15 December 2011
For each evening concert the Mansion opens at 7pm, when you will have the opportunity to enjoy the Venetian themed Victorian Christmas Mansion and walk around the beautifully decorated state rooms and enjoy a warming winter drink before the concert starts at 8pm. Pre-concert suppers are available from 5pm in the Stables restaurant. Pop in on the night or reserve a table on 01565 755001. Call 0161 247 2220 to book concert tickets
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City of Chester Male Voice Choir
16 December 2011
For each evening concert the Mansion opens at 7pm, when you will have the opportunity to enjoy the Venetian themed Victorian Christmas Mansion and walk around the beautifully decorated state rooms and enjoy a warming winter drink before the concert starts at 8pm. Pre-concert suppers are available from 5pm in the Stables restaurant. Pop in on the night or reserve a table on 01565 755001. Call 01625 374400 to book tickets
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Roberts Bakery Band Christmas Concert
17 December 2011
For each evening concert the Mansion opens at 7pm, when you will have the opportunity to enjoy the Venetian themed Victorian Christmas Mansion and walk around the beautifully decorated state rooms and enjoy a warming winter drink before the concert starts at 8pm. Pre-concert suppers are available from 5pm in the Stables restaurant. Pop in on the night or reserve a table on 01565 755001. Call 01625 374400 to book tickets
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Father Christmas at Tatton Park's Farm|
From 17 December 2011 to 18 December 2011
Father Christmas arrives at Tatton Park on Friday December 9th and children can pay a visit to see him during the following weekends. This year he’ll have Prancer and Dancer with him, two adorable reindeer who will be resident at the Farm. All the Farm animals, including the donkeys, pigs and horses and Tatton’s famous rare breed animals are all on show, while some are the star attractions of the nativity scene. Visit Father Christmas in his grotto and receive a special Christmas gift. Children’s rides (small extra charge), face painting and story telling making a great Christmas day out for the family.
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Family Christmas Carols in the Stableyard
18 December 2011
Bring your friends and family to the outdoor Stableyard Carols and join in the singing to the accompaniment of The King Edward Musical Society. Shops will be open until 5pm for last minute Christmas shopping.
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Deer Feed and Trailer Ride
20 December 2011
Take a trailer ride with the rangers to watch the daily deer feed. Get a close look at hundreds of deer feeding in their beautiful natural setting. Booking is essential as places are limited. Price includes park entry. Minimum age 5 years.
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Deer Feed and Trailer Ride
21 December 2011
Take a trailer ride with the rangers to watch the daily deer feed. Get a close look at hundreds of deer feeding in their beautiful natural setting. Booking is essential as places are limited. Price includes park entry. Minimum age 5 years.
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Father Christmas at Tatton Park's Farm
24 December 2011
Father Christmas arrives at Tatton Park on Friday December 9th and children can pay a visit to see him during the following weekends. This year he’ll have Prancer and Dancer with him, two adorable reindeer who will be resident at the Farm. All the Farm animals, including the donkeys, pigs and horses and Tatton’s famous rare breed animals are all on show, while some are the star attractions of the nativity scene. Visit Father Christmas in his grotto and receive a special Christmas gift. Children’s rides (small extra charge), face painting and story telling making a great Christmas day out for the family.
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Most events are subject to Tatton Park entry fee.  National Trust membership does not apply for special events.


While every care has been taken to ensure the accuracy of this information we cannot accept responsibility for any inaccuracies. Events may also be subject to change.



 

Prices, times of opening and other details may be changed without prior notice.

All details correct at time of press.
If a telephone number is not listed above, or if you wish to obtain charges, opening times and details, telephone the Tatton Infoline on 01625 534435 no more than 14 days prior to a particular event. The above information was correct at the time of printing, but changes may be introduced without notice.


TATTON INFOLINE :

01625 534435
01625 534400

Tatton Park,
Knutsford,
Cheshire,
WA16 6QN.

OR SEE

www.tattonpark.org.uk

For more information call 01625 374400 or visit our website www.tattonpark.org.uk







 
While every care has been taken to ensure the accuracy of this information we cannot accept responsibility for any inaccuracies. Events may also be subject to change.