(Updated – This scheme closed on 30th June 2020, we issued over 200 free passes, thank you for your nominations and support!)
Kiplin Hall and Gardens seeks nominations from key workplaces to receive Annual Garden Pass tickets for staff so they can visit for free once attractions are allowed to open again.
Many already know and love the 400-year-old Jacobean house, now a museum, surrounded by stunning grounds including lakeside walks, woodland paths, and a productive walled garden. Often described by visitors as the most tranquil place in North Yorkshire we are famed for our spectacular snowdrops in early spring, bountiful walled garden growing fruits and vegetables in the summer, and cascades of fall colour reflected on the large fishing lake in the autumn.
Director of Kiplin Hall and Gardens, James Etherington, explains how we hope to help:
“We can all see how hard key staff are working right now. At Kiplin we want to do what we can to help. We aren’t in a position to make ventilators or protective equipment, but we can make our healing spaces available to key workers for free, as soon as we are allowed. Kiplin has been a place of solace in the past, and we will be here to offer people a tranquil space once the initial crisis has passed. In 1940 men evacuated from Dunkirk arrived at the house for rest and recovery.”
Miss Bridget Talbot, the last owner of Kiplin Hall credited with saving it for the nation, wrote a moving account of the Dunkirk arrival in 1940 that she circulated to newspapers:
“After Dunkirk a regiment was given a rendezvous at the house; all day and all night straggling and exhausted men arrived. The owner did everything that was possible in the way of collecting food, blankets and cushions and by three the next afternoon every floor was covered with men sleeping as if dead. It was a sight never to be forgotten with the hot sun streaming in at the windows on to the pictures, old furniture, the walls of books and the floor a silent carpet of prostrate khaki figures. With the help of a little gardening, bathing in the river and sleeping these Dunkirk men gradually recovered from their weariness and mended their shattered nerves.”
We welcome nominations from anyone providing a key service, for example; hospitals, post offices, delivery companies, schools, waste collection services, food shops etc.
The Annual Garden Passes will cover whatever remains of the 2020 season once the lockdown is lifted and the 2021 open season. Kiplin Hall and Gardens is located between Richmond and Northallerton. It is a wonderful day trip destination, within easy reach of towns and cities in the North of England and in North Yorkshire. Just 14 miles from Darlington, 27 miles from Middlesbrough, and 35 miles from Durham to the North. Only 16 miles from Thirsk, 32 miles from Harrogate, and 39 miles from York to the south. Of course, any future visits to Kiplin will be subject to the lifting of the lockdown and in line with any social distancing that may be required at the time.
While you’re online you can also find a virtual tour of the hall, video-guided tours on YouTube with Dawn Webster, historical research into family trees, recipes from the tea room and updates during the lockdown on social media. Join our mailing list below to keep in touch. Thank you!