Shandy Hall
Wednesday November 21, 2018

Coxwold Village - Pastures and Moors

shandyhallfront‘The medieval house where the modern novel was born’

Museum, gallery, garden, shop, literary house and lived-in home

Shandy Hall was the home of Laurence Sterne from 1760 until his death in 1768.  Here he wrote ‘A Sentimental Journey’ and his masterpiece, ‘The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy, Gentleman’ which has never been out of print and is still as astonishing today as when it burst into the late 18th century. 

This beautiful 15th century house is now a registered museum run by The Laurence Sterne Trust.  It is surrounded by two acres of gardens, including over 100 roses, cottage garden plants, and a woodland garden managed for wildlife.  It contains the world's finest collection of Sterne's works, letters, illustrations and ephemera, prints and paintings.  Artists, writers and musicians are inspired by Sterne to this day.  An extensive range of artistic and educational projects are undertaken by the LST and a wide variety of exhibitions relating to Sterne are held in the gallery.

Shandy Hall attracts visitors, enthusiasts, academics, writers and artists from around the world.  The house has been lived in for nearly 600 years, and as well as being a museum, is still a lived-in home where you are sure of a personal welcome.  To find out more, please visit the Shandy Hall website.


Botanical Ghosts at Shandy Hall

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As part of the 'Journeys' series of talks taking place at Shandy Hall in 2018, Peter Marren will be talking about his searches for the rarest of plants, including the ghost orchid.  Peter is a well-known botanist and author who has spent much of his time looking for plants which many of us would be lucky, and privileged, to see once in our lives.  He describes why plants, common and rare, are so important to our world and what drives him to seek out new species.  His search for the ghost orchid is perhaps the culmination of his quest.

Peter's talk is on Saturday, December 1st, at Shandy Hall.  For more details go to the 'Chasing the Ghost' page.


Christmas at Shandy

IMG 4274cxsShandy Hall is holding its now familar Christmas-time series of tours and talks in this beautiful old house.  Visitors will be able to see parts of the Hall not normally open to the public, listen to anecdotes and history, and enjoy a glass of mulled wine and mince pies in the kitchen of the old house, all in the company of the Curator and his expert colleagues.

Tours are held between the 14th and 22nd December.  For more details, and to obtain tickets, visit the Shandy Hall Christmas page.