A Day with the Duckett’s – TWO DAYS OF NOSTALGIA
Bringing visitors back a century at the magical location of Duckett’s Grove
On the 8thand 9thof September, the rambling old ruin of Duckett’s Grove mansion will be brought back to life with a bustling and vibrant recreation, as it was for family and estate workers more than a century ago. Reel in the years and transform yourself back to the early 1900s and take this opportunity to see Duckett’s Grove Estate as it may have been in all its glory.
Observe a fully functioning labourers cottage, servant basement quarters, blacksmith and stable area and demonstrations of basket making, bread making, weaving, butter making, poaching and old time games. See the return of horse drawn carriages, stabled horses, ponies and traps and cars used by the Duckett family.
Peel away the layers of history associated with this magnificent house in an exhibition of rare photos and family papers recalling the lives of the Ducketts, their scores or workers including gardeners, grooms and household and kitchen staff: and the unhappy and tragic end of the Duckett era. Browse through an extensive array of artefacts and documents in this wonderful exhibition and partake in garden tours of the newly planted walled gardens.
Classical and traditional entertainment, Irish dancing and ceili music will appeal to both young and old. Croquet on the lawn, archery, orienteering with a traditional twist and traditional games will all keep the little ones entertained.
See Traditional Methods of:
- Bread making,
- churning butter
- basket making
- clothes washing an
- horse shoeing
Enjoy modes of transport from yester-year:
- Horse-drawn carriages
- ponies and traps
- stabled horses
- Wolseley and Rolls Royce cars
Admission is €10 per person, with children free. Book online or pay at the gate.
Prizes for best dressed family, adult and child.