Historical fun at Elizabethan event

Hardwick Hall's Elizabethan Weekend 2011 - Paul Baker and Pam Hope, musicians from Diabolus in Musica.
Hardwick Hall's Elizabethan Weekend 2011 - Paul Baker and Pam Hope, musicians from Diabolus in Musica.
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VISITORS to the National Trust’s Hardwick Hall stepped back in time with its annual Elizabethan Weekend of music, dance and entertainment during last Saturday and Sunday.

The Hall, at Doe Lea, Chesterfield, came to life with Elizabethan themed activities including games and crafts.

Guides dressed in period costume and re-enactment group the Tudor Travellers revealed what life was like for the people of the time and Diabolus in Musica taught visitors Elizabethan songs and dances.

Rachel Albanese, visitor experience manager, said: “This year we had an even bigger programme of activities.

“Families got the chance to take part in activities, try out new things and see what life really was like in Tudor times.

“With people walking around in full costume and the authentic sounds and smells of Elizabethan times, there was a great atmosphere at Hardwick.”

Junction Arts also encouraged visitors to create their own stitch and monograms and the Company of Artisans demonstrated plaster work.

The Elizabethan Weekend has become a regular event on the Hardwick calendar and now in its eighth year it has become a popular attraction.