National Trust – Hardwick Hall

A bright and sunny morning greeted the group as we met up on Hucknall Market place at the slightly later time of ten o’clock for the short journey to Hardwick Hall.

We were met by a volunteer from the National Trust on our arrival and given directions and hints for the day. Although the Hall was partly covered by scaffolding both floors of this special building were open and provided a magnificent setting for the day.

Inside the Hall there were plenty of volunteers to answer any questions and give out valuable information. The various walks around the Hardwick Estate ponds proved very popular over the day especially as the sun continued to shine down. For the less energetic there were walks around the beautiful gardens. Along with visits to the shops, some members took advantage to enjoy the weather in the deckchairs provided. The short journey home saw us arrive back in Hucknall before five o’clock after a lovely day.

Visit to Quarry Bank Mill on Monday 10th of October.
Our final visit of the year provides a slightly different visit with a trip to an old working mill in Cheshire. Here we will have an opportunity to see parts of the mill still working and also visit other parts of the site including the former apprentices’ homes. This visit will leave Hucknall Market at 9.00 am and return from Quarry Bank at 4,00pm. There are a few places left which can be booked by emailing me at

As already confirmed the group will continue next year with visits each month from March to October. Exact dates for these visits will be sent out in the near future

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