We were briefly at Wicksteed Park in the morning so it combined quite easily as it opens only in the afternoon. On our arrival at 2pm we booked into the 3.30pm Great Hall tour, leaving time for a cup of tea and a walk round the landscape features. The bank holiday Greenbelt festival was being set up but did not interfere with our enjoyment of the lakes. Orpheus was best appreciated by walking down to the bottom and feeling the tranquillity of the structure. However we did not have time for some of the other garden areas.
The house tour was led by a very clear and informative lady. After quite a long introduction in the first room, and there being several young children in the group, I initially thought it would be a bit tedious. I was wrong, as the children were very well behaved and the tour pace picked up. The collection of paintings and tapestries were remarkable. I am not usually moved by cases of china plates but the sky blue display case was stunning. We finished with just enough time to see the exhibition and the quirky Chinese summer house.
A very enjoyable three hours.
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