Visit Tatton Park this year and discover fascinating places, secret spaces, stories and special treasures never seen before. With a year-long programme of activities, visitors will be able to join our curious cat, Old Tom, his nosey bird sidekick, Parker, to find out about the people, places and things that make Tatton Park so special.
In the Mansion, travel back through the Egerton family line to discover a home of history and mystery. Uncover the behind-the-scenes life of four generations of Egerton children and learn about a servant’s role in times gone by. Let Old Tom help you to explore and discover the clues for our special trail sheet to help solve the Mansion mystery.
Where gardens bloom through garden gates, unearth the secret life of a famous 19th century gardener – Wyatt’s potting shed will be open to visitors for the first time. Discover the story behind the Garden’s Tower, one of the oldest buildings at Tatton – why was it built and who decided to live in it? See the dark dungeon and a Maasai servant’s skull – a bizarre memory of the last Lord Egerton’s time spent in Kenya. Visit the fishing hut, a favourite haunt of his and relax in one of his favourite hidden spaces in the tranquil Japanese Garden.
Dig deep into the secrets of farming life with your guide, Mary the hen. Learn about the sheep scanner, the cattle hoof trimmer and horse dentist. Can you guess the secret object each used to help them? Find out what’s inside Tabitha the Shire Horse’s tummy, keep an eye out for our secret spycam and discover our exciting plans for the ‘Field to Fork’ story coming in 2018!
For history and mystery, travel back in time at the medieval Old Hall (reputed to be haunted!) uncovering 500 years of occupation. On secret dates throughout the year, discover the remarkable residents from the Lord of the Manor to a humble mole catcher, who made this ‘hidden gem’ their home.
At a place where wildlife walks and trees talk, join the rangers on secret walks discovering unexplored areas of the Parkland not normally open to visitors. Follow Tatton’s wonderful wildlife caught on hidden camera and shared via regular tweets.
Special Events and Learning Courses
Ready to know more...? Enjoy themed events this year, from ‘Unlocking the Secrets of the Japanese Garden’ to ‘The Secret Life of Trees’. Solve the mystery of Lord Egerton’s missing gold in our first-ever secret sleepover in the Tenant’s Hall! What will you pack in your picnic basket for our Secret Garden Picnic?
For dates and more information on these events, visit www.tattonpark.org.uk/events
Discover more at Tattonpark.org.uk/secretstories