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Renishaw has been in my family for nearly 400 years and generations of Sitwells have made their mark on the architecture, gardens and wider estate which comprise Renishaw and so much of what you see on your visit. I hope you will thoroughly enjoy your time at Renishaw now it is under my care and still very much a family home.

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Celebrate National Poetry at Renishaw: 4th – 6th October 2020

11 Sep Celebrate National Poetry at Renishaw: 4th – 6th October 2020

Be inspired and celebrate all things poetic at Renishaw Hall & Gardens: 4th to 6th October 2020

Get behind National Poetry Day celebrations this October by visiting the home to three of the most significant writers of the 20th Century – Renishaw Hall & Gardens; family residence of the famous Sitwell ‘Trio’.

The historic house in north Derbyshire surrounded by award-winning gardens will host a special POETrees trail around the grounds; guiding visitors throughout the garden to appreciate fine tree specimens in Renishaw’s famous collection, each displaying a poem written by Edith, Osbert or Sacheverell Sitwell.

Stroll down the Lime Avenue, made famous in one of Sacheverell Sitwell’s poems.  Meet Renishaw’s former head gardener via Osbert Sitwell’s poetic portrait: “Mr Hague in the Park” and spend a quiet moment in the Secret Garden – Dame Edith Sitwell’s favourite place in the garden – reading her poem ‘Romance’.

Locally-based, published poet and former Renishaw Hall volunteer, Ted Fairclough, will read his poem “Edith Sitwell’s Words” as well as some of the written works by the Sitwell Trio, in a special, free poetry recital for visitors.

There will also be ‘Poetry teas’ available in the Café at Renishaw Hall, where visitors can take the opportunity to read Sitwell poetry whilst relaxing in comfortable surroundings.

With the recently updated Sitwell Museum focusing on the fascinating history of the family and its home of almost 400 years, there will be so much for visitors to explore and enjoy as the county celebrates poetry; all from a historic estate that has inspired generations of artists to write, paint, create and think.

Owner of Renishaw Hall & Gardens, Alexandra Sitwell, says: “The influence Renishaw Hall & Gardens has had on poets and artists is huge. From my own family’s work to the writing of other globally – acclaimed writers, the house and its grounds have had a magical effect on creative individuals that still continues today. It’s only fitting we are supporting the nation’s annual celebration of poetry by hosting a special weekend here at Renishaw. I do hope to see many people come along and be inspired by what they see and enjoy an informative day out with us”.

From Friday 4th to Sunday 6th October, Renishaw Hall & Gardens will open up its huge literary heritage for all visitors to enjoy, including:

Friday 4th October:

  • Hall tours looking at the principal rooms of the historic Hall including the Library with hundreds of first edition books written by the Sitwell family; plus a superb collection of work by artists who have drawn inspiration from Renishaw Hall & Gardens.

Saturday 5th October:

  • Locally-based poet Ted Fairclough will read his poem Edith Sitwell’s Words” – which is included in his 2017 publication ‘In Fading Light’ – alongside poetry by Edith, Osbert and Sacheverell Sitwell, during a free recital on the afternoon of Saturday 5th Ted will be joined by Renishaw Hall’s archivist, Christine Beevers, as they read these works to visitors from the relaxing setting of the Café at Renishaw Hall.

Friday 4th to Sunday 6th October:

  • POETrees event in the garden – follow a special garden trail which guides visitors around the garden with many of the fine tree specimens in the award winning garden collection displaying a poem written by Edith, Osbert or Sacheverell. Enjoy the work of these incredible siblings from the unique atmosphere of the gardens which they knew from childhood and loved all their lives.
  • Museum – Osbert exhibition – with a special display this year marking 50 years since the death of Osbert Sitwell, the museum offers a wealth of archive materials and artefacts to explore.
  • The Café at Renishaw will serve special Poetry Teas; afternoon tea with Sitwell poetry booklets available to read while enjoying refreshments and delicious cake.

For more information or to book on a Hall tour, please contact Renishaw Hall & Gardens on 01246 432310 or email enquiries@renishaw-hall.co.uk

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