The parkland at the National Trust’s Kedleston Hall is open daily throughout the year, but the Hall opens for the 2014 season from Saturday, February 15.
The season starts with daily tours during the week and open at weekends for visitors to make their own way around for the first three weeks.
Visitors on one of the special weekly tours can enjoy a tour of the hall as it wakes up from its winter cleaning program and will see the hall presented differently to normal as the conservation team finishes their work and put all the contents back in place for the year ahead.
Led by a team of dedicated volunteer guides, visitors will discover fascinating facts as they walk around the magnificent state floor, as well as an insight into how the house team wake the house up after winter ready for the new season. They will also find out about some of the management and conservation processes used to care for the historic collections.
During February half term week, visitors can get creative and do their bit for nature with bird box building each day from February 18-20 from 11am to 3pm, while the restaurant and shop are open daily along with the park, with the house open every day except Friday.
Simon McCormack, conservation manager said: “We are delighted that visitors can begin to see some of the work on the pleasure grounds coming to fruition with the work on the short walk and hermitage now well under way.
“A lot of work has been done behind the scenes to enable us to formulate a plan to regenerate the area, and we are thrilled that visitors will finally begin to see this take shape and find out more about how the pleasure grounds were used. We are also really looking forward to the archaeological work later in the year which visitors will be able to see happening.”