National Trust To Stage Jubilee Celebrations Across Derbyshire

National Trust places across Derbyshire are baking cakes, stringing up bunting and getting ready to celebrate the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee.

From picnics to parties, beacons to tea dances, there will be something for everyone at their favourite National Trust place across the extended bank holiday weekend.

Sudbury Hall and the Museum of Childhood, Kedleston Hall and Hardwick Hall are all hosting big picnic lunches on 3 June, while Calke Abbey is staging a Jubilee Tea Dance on 6 June 2012.

And, if the Jubilee is the inspiration for dusting off the picnic hamper, there are plenty of picturesque spots in Derbyshire to enjoy a picnic throughout this summer of celebration:

Dovedale

The iconic stepping stones in Dovedale are a perfect place for a picnic stop, with spectacular views of Thorpe Cloud and the River Dove cutting through the limestone valley.  Afterwards, why not climb to the peak of Thorpe Cloud for far reaching views of the Peak District.

Longshaw

Tumbling Hill is a short walk from the National Trust Hay Wood car park. Enjoy your food whilst taking in the fantastic views over the Derwent Valley.

Hardwick Hall

Visitors can pick one of the four gardens to picnic in: the wild meadow garden surrounded by cornflowers; the orchard garden amid the apple blossom; the herb garden, surrounded by the scent of herbs and the cottage garden vegetables; or the south lawn with the magnificent magnolia.  There’s also a woodland picnic site midway along Lady Spencer’s Walk, or the row ponds in the lower park, where you can spot dragonflies and watch the long horn calves.

Sudbury Hall and the Museum of Childhood

The lakeside meadow at Sudbury Hall is a relaxing spot for a bite to eat and the kids will love the wicked woodland outdoor adventure play area.

Cromford Wharf

Enjoy a walk along the Cromford Canal, or a cup of tea at Wheatcrofts Cafe or have a browse at the new gallery on canalside. There is something for everyone here.

Chris Sabian is a portrait artist with http://www.kutefineart.com and owner of http://www.paragonprints.co.uk

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