VISITING ALTHORP

Experience the unique warmth of this historic family home for yourself

A FAMILY HOME, A REPOSITORY OF GREAT ART, AND A SIMPLY GLORIOUS SPOT TO SPEND A DAY BEING INSPIRED

Visitors are invited to explore this wonderful house in 2019, discovering beautiful interiors and one of Europe’s finest private collections of furniture, pictures and ceramics.

In the Stables Block, built by Roger Morris in 1733 in the Anglo-Palladian style, enjoy refreshments in the Stables Café, browse the Gift Shop and explore our seasonal exhibitions. There is a new exhibition celebrating the relationship between the Spencer Family and the Animals of Althorp,  and new items added to exhibition The Spencers: The History of an English Family which illustrates 500 years of the Spencer family and their contribution to English public life.

There are also two special events at Althorp this summer. The Althorp Craft Fair will be from the  9th -11th  August, and our new and unique Children’s Week will be from 24th – 30th August 2019. Entry to both is free with a Day Ticket.

Althorp Opening Dates 2019

Althorp House and Park will be open:

1 July – 31st August 2019

The Estate and Grounds are open from 12 noon to 5pm,
with last entry into the House by 3pm.

Note that The House and Park will not be open 6th July, 7th July, or 21st July.

2019 Tickets and Prices

During the 2019 House Opening Season (1st July – 31st August), all tickets to Althorp will include entry to the grounds, the current exhibitions, Café and Gift Shop in the Stables Courtyard, and entrance to the State Rooms of the House.

We will be closed to the public on Saturday 6th, Sunday 7th and Sunday 21st July 2019.

Type Online At the Gate
Adult Ticket £18.50 £20.00
Senior or Student Ticket £16.00 £17.50
Family Ticket
(2 Adults and 2 Children)
£45.00 £48.00
Children between 5-16 Years Old £11.00 £11.00
Children 0-4 Years Old Free Free

Gift Tickets are available to Purchase.

We are taking Group Bookings for summer 2019.

‘Diana: A Celebration’ Exhibition

Please note the award winning Diana: A Celebration exhibition closed in August 2013 at Althorp. No claims can be made by visitors based on losses due to this particular exhibition not being included in their visit.

Althorp Craft Fair!

Friday 9th – Sunday 11th August 2019. (Entry free with a day ticket)

 

Althorp Craft Fair is set to be a glorious three-day weekend packed with activities, shopping opportunities and delicious food and drink
in the Althorp Café. Visitors can learn a number of impressive new techniques at the Stables Courtyard with one-hour craft workshops led by an expert crafter.  A new skill will be taught each day including luxury candle-making and flower arranging with Althorp’s personal florist!

There will also be a selection of original and quality stalls offering a chance to buy and be inspired by some of the best crafters
in Northamptonshire and beyond. There will be a ‘Cash Back’ facility within our Stables Courtyard Gift Shop.

We are open to the public from 12 noon to 5.00pm each day.

Workshops

Date Time  Workshop Vendor  Workshop  Contact
9th August 12.30-1.30 pm Hopping Hare Candles  Oil Blending Workshop Email to book!
9th August 2.00-3.00 pm Hopping Hare Candles Oil Blending Workshop Email to book!
9th August 3.30-4.30 pm Hopping Hare Candles Oil Blending Workshop Email to book!
11th August 12.30-1.30 pm Emma Remington Flowers Althorp’s Florist Email to book!
11th August 2.00-3.00 pm Emma Remington Flowers Althorp’s Florist Email to book!
11th August 3.30-4.30 pm Emma Remington Flowers Althorp’s Florist Email to book!

Hopping Hare Candles Oil Blending Workshop – Friday 9th August

Northamptonshire based, Hopping Hare Candles will be holding fun and immersive beginners oil blending workshops.
Learn about fragrances, its effects and benefits and then get hand on into blending your own bespoke blend from a huge variety of oils available.

You will learn the difference between essential oils, fragrance oils and aroma chemicals, how to blend them together and see how different
combinations of oils can create amazing unique aromas.

Contact Hopping Hare Candles direct to arrange and confirm
your workshop and you will receive a 20% discount to your Althorp Day Ticket entrance fee!

Emma Remington Flowers Workshop – Sunday 11th August

Emma will show you how she creates an arrangement which adorns the dining tables here at Althorp and then will teach you how to create your very own version to take away with you.
No experience needed and all materials, flowers and foliage, provided.
There are limited spaces at each workshop and advance booking is required.

Contact Emma Remington Flowers direct to arrange and confirm
your workshop and you will receive a 20% discount to your Althorp Day Ticket entrance fee!

Exhibitors

Our Craft Fair exhibitors represent the very best from both our local and surrounding counties.

Artists and artisans showcasing their work include:

Karen Timson Fine Fragrance A luxury UK brand creating and designing niche fragrances defined by blending bright modern scents with roots in the traditional.
Kat Lendacka Printmaker Kat Lendacka is a linocut printmaker living in Northamptonshire, and her work is mainly inspired by animals, plants and the British countryside.
Nadine Kay Designs Nadine Kay Designs – Unique Photography Greeting Cards, Notebooks, Photo Block and Mounted Prints.
Small Ridge Small Ridge creates one off pieces of jewellery using wonderful vintage wind up watches
The Arty Crafty Place Block Craft! A gorgeous collection of hand-carved printing blocks. Learn how to print your own fabric and paper.
Diamond Drawings Unique and bespoke designs on Leather (Faux) jackets, Denim jackets, Boots and Shoes. Inspired by tattoos – if you don’t want a real one, I create personalised designs for all themes; births, weddings, birthdays and anniversaries.
Penny Varley Ceramics Original creations in clay for the Home and Garden.
Hopping Hare Candles Hopping Hare Candles are made right here in Britain – we use the finest products, sourced in Britain where possible.
Tony’s Laser Designs Hand made and laser cut/engraved. Tea light holders, trinket boxes, living hinge boxes (different sizes), coasters, bookmarks, and key rings. Any item can be personalised.
Melanie Charles Artist Original animal art and seascapes with the addition of gifts and homewares using unique artwork.
She Paints Seaglass Hand painted sea glass, pottery and beach pebbles. One of a kind gifts!
Nue Hoops Jewellery customisable gold and silver hoops earrings adorned with an array of beautiful interchangeable charms, jewellery to suit your style whatever it is.
Plank Design We are Plank Design, a local bespoke furniture maker, using local materials
Rachel Bailey Design Contemporary Seaglass Art, Design & Jewellery inspired by nature & collected from beaches all over the United Kingdom.

Check back for details of more exhibitors!

We are still taking enquiries from prospective exhibitors this summer.

Applications are received on a first-come, first-served basis due to limited capacity and are dependent upon category availability.

Closing date for all Exhibitor Applications and marquee booking payments is Friday 26 July 2019. 

Contact the Althorp Events Team at:  eventsteam@althorp.com or dial 01604 770 107 

ALTHORP CHILDREN’S WEEK

Saturday 24th– Friday 30thAugust 2019 (Entry free with a day ticket)

 

One of the highlights of House Opening season, Althorp Children’s Week, will be a fun-filled event where children of all ages can discover the fascinating characters behind Althorp’s remarkable history and take part in an exciting array of games, interactive workshops and activities to entertain the whole family.

On each day, children with an accompanying adult can enjoy a tour around Althorp House, led by one of Althorp’s captivating guides dressed in period costume. On the tour, children can explore the many state rooms of the House and play spot-the-animals as part of the Animals of Althorp exhibition.

Outside, there are a selection of garden games available, together with Balloon Modelling and Face Painting, and on the Stable’s Portico, there will be a different activity to take part in every day, from dragon-making and Medieval dress-up to castle building and Roman history!

The front of the House is a perfect spot for fun and photo opportunities and the House’s designated outdoor picnic area is perfect for lunchtime, set against the stunning backdrop of Althorp’s picturesque grounds.

Scheduled daily activities to date are all free of charge and include:

Saturday 24 August
Children’s Guided Tours: 12.30 – 1.15pm, 2.00pm – 2.45pm and 3.15pm – 4.00pm in the Main House

Usborne Independent Organiser Story Telling & Book Sales:  Between 12.00 and 5.00pm in the Stables Courtyard

King Charles I Return Workshop:  Between 12.00 and 5.00pm in the Portico area

Sunday 25 August
Children’s Guided Tours: 12.30 – 1.15pm, 2.00pm – 2.45pm and 3.15pm – 4.00pm in the Main House

Usborne Independent Organiser Story Telling & Book Sales:  Between 12.00 and 5.00pm in the Stables Courtyard

Animal Face Painting Workshop:  Between 12.00 and 5.00pm in the Portico area

Brackley Morris Men performances:  2.00pm – 2.30pm and 3.30pm – 4.00pm

Monday 26 August
Children’s Guided Tours: 12.30 – 1.15pm, 2.00pm – 2.45pm and 3.15pm – 4.00pm in the Main House

Usborne Independent Organiser Story Telling & Book Sales:  Between 12.00 and 5.00pm in the Stables Courtyard

King Charles I Return Workshop:  Between 12.00 and 5.00pm in the Portico area

Tuesday 27 August
Note:  No Children’s Guided Tours

Usborne Independent Organiser Story Telling & Book Sales:  Between 12.00 and 5.00pm in the Stables Courtyard

Friends of Northampton Castle Workshop:  Between 12.00 and 5.00pm in the Portico area

Wednesday 28 August
Children’s Guided Tours: 2.00pm – 2.45pm and 3.15pm – 4.00pm in the Main House

Usborne Independent Organiser Story Telling & Book Sales:  Between 12.00 and 5.00pm in the Stables Courtyard

Code Breaking Workshop:  Between 12.00 and 5.00pm in the Portico area

Thursday 29 August
Children’s Guided Tours: 2.00pm – 2.45pm and 3.15pm – 4.00pm in the Main House

Usborne Independent Organiser Story Telling & Book Sales:  Between 12.00 and 5.00pm in the Stables Courtyard

History Needs You Workshop:  Between 12.00 and 5.00pm in the Portico area

Friday 30 August
Children’s Guided Tours: 12.30 – 1.15pm, 2.00pm – 2.45pm and 3.15pm – 4.00pm in the Main House

Redwings Horse Care Activity:  Between 12.00 and 5.00pm in the Stables Courtyard

Desmond’s Dragons Crafts, Story Telling & Book Selling :  Between 12.00 and 5.00pm in the Portico area

 

Check back for details of more activities!

For any enquiries, please contact the Althorp Events Team at:  eventsteam@althorp.com or dial 01604 770 107 

Important Notes

Free car parking is available to all visitors, please note that there is a 5 to 10 minute walk from the car park through the grounds to the House.

Disabled parking and parking for those who find walking difficult is available on request, near the House

The Estate and Stables, and ground floor of the House, are fully accessible to wheelchair users. There is no assisted access available to the upstairs rooms in the House

Dogs are not permitted on the Estate, excluding guide and assistance dogs.

Cash back will be offered within our Stables Courtyard Gift Shop to purchase goods.

Althorp is proud to be part of the Historic Houses Association. All HHA Members and Friends of the HHA will receive free entry with a valid membership card on any of Althorp’s public opening dates in 2019, excluding any additional events planned outside the published Public Opening times and dates.

As Althorp is primarily a private family home, the House and areas of estate may be closed at short notice to the public on rare instances during the opening season

Photography of the exterior of Althorp House and grounds can be taken for personal use only. Internal photography of Althorp is not permitted. Photography taken for any commercial use must have prior written consent from the Althorp Estate.

Note that professional filming or photography must be approved in advance. Long lenses are not permitted. Drones are not permitted, For all filming and photography enquiries, please email media@althorp.com.

Visitors with accessibility concerns, and queries about the disabled parking, are asked to contact the House Opening team directly regarding their visit on 01604 770 107 or email mail@althorp.com.