Four fantastic things you didn’t know about Lyme Park
Lyme Park is special, in so many different ways, and it’s more than just a glorious house, surrounded by beautiful gardens and park land. Nestled in to the Peak District, its 1400acres of outdoors that ranges from wild moorland to parkland with a large country house, garden with 6 garden rooms, big adventure playground, 6 catering outlets and 2 shops. Commercially, this is a big turnover, major operation and a visitor attraction that has 420,000 visitors a year. And we’re on an exciting journey at Lyme Park, as we look for a Visitor and Commercial Operations Manager to help us make our visitor experience and commercial operations even better. So, we thought we’d share with you some of the things that make it so special. Some might just surprise you…
Mr Darcy found love here. It was at Lyme Park’s reflecting South Lake that Mr Darcy met Miss Bennett, when the BBC production of ‘Pride and Prejudice’ was filmed here in 1995. That’s right, Colin Firth took a plunge in this very lake. And he’s not the only star that has enjoyed the park’s beautiful surroundings. It’s played set to a number of different productions, including the second series of ‘The Village’, Red Dwarf and The Awakening.
It’s home to thousands of precious treasures. From stunning tapestries, paintings to one of the earliest printed books in the country, the Lyme Missal.
It hosts fun and frolics for every age (and taste)! For ever, for everyone is what we stand for – and we really mean everyone. Whether visitors come for a romantic walk, enjoy imagining what it was like to live or work in the Big House, grab a bite to eat or take the kids children to meet Father Christmas, we work hard to make sure there’s something for all to enjoy at Lyme Park. Kids love our Crow Wood Playscape, with its badger dens and rope walks. Ramblers love (and their dogs) our amazing moorland walking trails (and our dog biscuits, baked fresh every day). And everyone loves the delicious cakes and hearty hot food in our Timber Yard Coffee Shop!
Exciting events a-plenty! It’s a great time to join Lyme Park, as we host a wide range of different events and workshops here. Last year, the Gruffalo paid us a visit and we were the backdrop for the Sky Arts ‘Landscape Artist of the Year’ show. This year will see a varied programme of big, family-friendly exhibitions and trails, behind the scenes tours for the grownups, music and sport. And that’s not even mentioning our regular Park Runs, annual events like Kites at the Cage or 50 Things to do before you’re 11 3/4
But underpinning all of this is our commercial operation, which generates the income to do all of this and this is where you come in. We’re looking for a Visitor and Commercial Operations Manager hungry to develop the business and make the visit everything that our visitors want it to be, someone who will manage the attraction day to day and play a key role in shaping our (bright) future. If that sounds like your kind of adventure, find out more and apply here.