This autumn at the National Trust’s Montacute House, visitors will be able to experience Elizabethan pastimes that would have been part of life when the house was first built in 1601.
Falconry or hawking was a popular sport of the period and at weekends from 29 September until 14 October, Albion Falconry will be bringing their beautiful birds of prey to Montacute House.
The falconers will give two shows per day, but be on site with the birds from 11am till 4pm to chat with visitors, answer questions and, of course, to introduce the birds to everyone.
On 30 September visitors can see Montacute’s volunteers step out in full period costume for a display of Elizabethan dancing. The dances are historically accurate and performed to traditional music. Although visitors might not be experts in this historical pastime, they are very welcome to take part.
Grahame Meaden, Visitor Experience Manager at Montacute House, said: ‘Watching falcons glide, wheel and dive is an awe-inspiring sight, and their magnificence is emphasised even more when placed against the glittering Elizabethan mansion of Montacute House. Their flight guides the eye to the top of the beautiful chimneys and out into the ancient parkland.’
Grahame added: ‘To see our volunteers walking through the house in their elaborate and detailed costumes allows scope for our visitors to really picture Elizabethan life. Whilst you are more than welcome to watch the display, we do actively encourage visitors to join in as well!’
For further information on everything going on at Montacute House and its opening times, please visit nationaltrust.org.uk/montacute-house.