Places to visit
We’ve had a busy few days at Throapham with many of our guests attending the St Leger Festival taking place at nearby Doncaster Racecourse this week. Over breakfast I’ve been telling some of the local history associated with the oldest of Britain’s five classic horse-races and it now seems that Frankie Dettori will be in nearby Firbeck on Saturday morning ahead of this year’s race to unveil a plaque to commemorate Anthony St Leger’s connections with our area.
A more detailed article about this is in the Rotherham Advertiser.
Last Monday saw the first of three programmes following a year in the life of Chatsworth House. When I watch excellent programmes like this on our great historic houses I’m reminded that Ann and I have a responsibility to future generations to treat our far more modest home with a bit of TLC.
If you missed it you can catch up here BBC iPlayer – Chatsworth House – Episode 1.
As the Duke of Devonshire says, it’s a “most amazing place” and we’ve got to agree!
A few days ago I went to the Butterfly House with my daughter and two grandsons and had a wonderful time. We just missed the birth of two goats by minutes. It is amazing how they manage to stand up within a few minutes of being born. Also a first for me – I held a snake and a stick insect!! I only plucked up courage because a young girl held them first and then I was asked if I wanted to hold them. I could hardly say no, “I daren’t” could I? – Ann
Britain’s Got Talent Live is at the Motorpoint Arena in Sheffield on Friday 24th June. Tickets are available now so get booking and don’t forget to book your local accommodation! Throapham House is less than 13 miles away from the venue allowing you ample time before the event to perhaps try some local restaurants whilst you visit. Why not stay an extra night and and spend Saturday exploring some of the wonderful countryside nearby. We are less than an hour away from Chatsworth House in the beautiful Peak District and just over an hour to York.
The Tropical Butterfly House located in North Anston (S25 4EQ) welcomes you to a world of unforgettable animal encounters. There are animals from South America, Australia , Africa, Asia and even South Yorkshire, including Prairie Dogs, which are new this year, owls, Meerkats and even a Skunk. The House offers “Animal encounters” which as the name suggest allows you to touch, feel and even hold some of the amazing animals and also falconry displays.
My Daughter often takes her children there as it really is a fun day out. There is an outdoor and indoor play area, so no matter what the weather there is always something to do.
York Races begin on 12th May with the Dante Festival. Racing takes place throughout the year and featrues: May Spring Meeting, the 40th Macmillan Charity Meeting, 51st John Smith’s cup Meeting, Music Showcase Weekend, the Welcome to Yorkshire Ebor Festival, and ends in October with 2 days of racing including the Coral Sprint Trophy. Enhance your experience at York races with a fabulous stay in our 5 star luxury bed and breakfast approximately 1 1/4 hours drive from York racecourse.
After major restoration, the house and gardens open on Sunday 14 March with a new visitor route through the house. There is a new gallery for displaying art and new displays celebrating the Duchess Georgiana and an exhibition celebrating the 90th birthday of Deborah Devonshire, the present Dowager Duchess. For more information on opening times, what’s on etc go to the Chatsworth House website.