From the entire Delapré Abbey team, we hope you’re staying safe. This means only leaving your home for essential shopping or exercise. To ensure our safety and yours, the Abbey is currently closed to the public.
This means all our upcoming community events are on hold until we’re told by the government it’s safe to reopen. We’re all disappointed by this, but we understand that safety is the most important thing right now.
As we’re unable to host any unforgettable community events in Northampton at the moment, we think it would be nice to roll back the years. In this blog, we’re going to explore some of the most memorable community events Delapré Abbey has been a part of. Starting with memories of Easter events gone by:
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Last year, the Easter Bunny visited Delapré Abbey. We also hosted Easter bonnet makers and amazing chocolate connoisseurs. We set up an incredible Easter trail that was full of little problem solvers searching for Easter eggs. As well as working to find out the secret password and win the ultimate prize.
It was a massive story featuring a cheeky rabbit and his arch-enemy Mr M. It was an event with opportunities to pose for pictures with the characters. Amongst the Easter egg hunt, we also held a classical piano concert in the grand dining room. The whole day was an event to remember and one that children still talk about today.
Downton at Delapré
As a showcase of the Abbey’s vibrant history, we put on our amazing Downton at Delapré event. This community event was a costumed tour experience of Delapré Abbey. Where guests got to explore the upstairs/downstairs lifestyle of the Abbey’s previous owners the Bouverie family.
This event gave guests an unforgettable experience. Visitors were able to delve into the real-life scandals of those living in the Abbey and those who served them. Guests got to explore the butler’s bedroom and housekeeper’s room, accompanied by costumed tour guides. As well as rooms opened to the public for the first time.
Christmas at the Abbey
Delapre Abbey is a magical place and Christmas is a magical time. Every year the Abbey dresses with decorations and for a month-long tradition of timeless festivities. Visitors were welcomed with mulled wine and mince pies.
From there, guests were transported through 900 years of the Abbey’s history. Through the Abbey’s Christmas trees light-up the Victorian Bouverie room, as well as the smell of spices across the medieval zone. Leading up to the amazing roaring fire that brightens up the Tudor kitchen.
Thank you for reading this month’s blog on some of our past community events and away day activities. From everyone here at the Abbey, we encourage you to follow the current government guidelines. See you all soon when it is safe to do so!
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