The focus is very much on food throughout the day, with alfresco kitchens set up at the clay oven beside deer house, in the parkland and woodland overlooking the lakes, and in the walled garden. We normally offer a four or five course meal, with different courses being served at each kitchen, along with morning coffee and afternoon tea. Every dish champions Yorkshire produce, sourced either from the parkland, our walled garden or surrounding countryside, or wild food foraged from the estate. Visitors to the event are given tokens for two courses of the meal, with extra vouchers available for additional courses.
Yorkshire produce is on sale in the Gourmet Food Marquee, along with a demonstration cookery theatre. Food producers also run demonstrations throughout the day, with hands on opportunities for visitors – such as making apple juice, making butter and cheese, and wine tasting. A Real Ale bar offers refreshments in the Deer House, and tours on Foraging for Wild Food and Growing Your Own Produce in the Walled Garden run at scheduled times in the grounds throughout the day.
There is also an Artisan Craft area, with opportunities for visitors to learn rural skills such as making garlands, corn dollies, felt, prints and pottery. Children are also well catered for with face painting, pony rides, falconry displays, and cookery workshops.
Entry free: £10 per person (including tasting meal)