Lyme Park celebrates 200 years of ‘Pride and Prejudice’ with ‘The Only Way is Pemberley’

Lyme Park, Disley, Stockport Lyme Park Exterior front

Every weekend from 2 November 2013 – 16 February 2014, 11am – 3pm (last entry)

Also open 26 – 27 December, 1 January and 14 February 2014

It’s nearly two decades since Lyme Park featured as ‘Pemberley’ in the 1995 BBC television adaptation of Jane Austen’s ‘Pride and Prejudice’.

Yet today it is still remembered as the backdrop to the scene when a soaking wet Mr Darcy, (played by Colin Firth), emerged from his swim in the

lake to meet a startled Elizabeth Bennet (played by Jennifer Ehle).

“We still get hundreds of people asking about Darcy and Lyme’s part in the TV series” says Anthony Willder, Lyme’s Commercial Manager.

“In fact a poll earlier this year put this scene at the top of the most memorable TV drama moments of all time, despite several other film versions of

the book since then.”

In homage to ‘Pride and Prejudice’ in the 200th anniversary year of its publication, Lyme Park has embraced all things Austen with its 2013 winter exhibition,

‘The Only Way is Pemberley’

Caroline Heap is Lyme’s Visitor Experience Manager who’s organising the event. “We’ve been really lucky and have eight gorgeous costumes from

the BBC series to go on display” says Caroline. “They include the shirt worn by Colin Firth in the famous lakeside scene, as well as Elizabeth Bennet’s

wedding dress.

We’ll also have  Regency costumes to try on, a Pemberley walking trail across the estate, a display of contemporary art on the theme of

Lyme’s links to ‘Pride and Prejudice’  and a quirky travelling exhibition on loan from ‘Jane Austen’s House Museum’, which allows you to walk through the

pages of a giant book to find out about Jane Austen, her novels and film adaptations of ‘Pride and Prejudice’.”

On most weekends between 2 November and 16 February next year, Lyme will also be offering a light hearted look at the Regency world inhabited by

Jane Austen and her characters, focusing on particular themes. These include Regency dancing and food, a ‘behind the scenes’ look at the filming for the

1995 BBC series, a chance to meet experts from the Jane Austen society, and a Regency military re-enactment with members of His Majesty’s

33rd Regiment of Foot! Lyme’s Christmas celebrations and Valentine’s Day in February will also link to ‘The Only Way is Pemberley’.

“There’s a treat in store for ladies on our opening weekend of 2-3 November” says Caroline Heap. “You can meet Mr Darcy – our Colin Firth

look alike who really does look the part, and, as Elizabeth Bennet did in the BBC series, take an elegant horse and carriage ride with Lyme as

the stunning backdrop.

We’re following this on 9 – 10 November with a ‘Ladies’ Day Weekend’ looking at how Regency ladies spent their leisure time – and of course you

can dress up in period costume and really look the part! We’re also pleased to welcome local author Amanda Grange who’ll be signing copies of her

best seller, ‘Mr Darcy’s Diary’.”

‘The Only Way is Pemberley’ is on every weekend from 2 November 2013 – 16 February 2014, 11am – 3pm, and also on 26 – 27 December, 1 January

and 14 February 2014. Vehicle entrance fee applies, and tickets to the exhibition are £4 adult, children free. National Trust members free.

Details and full programme at www.nationaltrust.org.uk/lymepark

Please note only the ground floor rooms housing the exhibition will be open during this period, as will the garden, shop and Ale Cellar restaurant. The rest of the

house will be closed until the start of the new season in February 2014. The park, Crow Wood Playscape and Timber Yard coffee shop are open daily (closed Christmas Day).

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For further press information please contact Debbie Peers, National Trust Press Office, 07887 630218 /debbie.peers@nationaltrust.org.uk

Image: Jane Austen c Jane Austen’s House Museum

             Lyme Park celebrates 200 years of ‘Pride and Prejudice’ this winter c National Trust

LYME PARK, HOUSE & GARDEN sits on the edge of the Peak District against a backdrop of sweeping moorland and with extensive views across Manchester and the Cheshire Plain.

The house is renowned for its elegant Edwardian interiors and beautiful gardens, and played the role of ‘Pemberley’ in the 1995 BBC TV adaptation of ‘Pride and Prejudice’.

 

For more information go to www.nationaltrust.org.uk/lymepark

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