Prior to visit: The Curator can visit your group and give an illustrated talk on Laurence Sterne and the 18th Century. The recommended length of talk is one hour but can be tailored to your groups requirements.
Arrive: Coach drops visitors at St Michael's Church, Coxwold where they are met by the curator. The church is where Sterne preached and is an appropriate site for an introduction to both the writer and the preacher. A short fifteen minute talk will draw attention to the monuments, stained glass and 18th century pulpit and box-pews. From the church, Shandy Hall is approximately 200 yds walk.
Shandy Hall: Visitors will enjoy a guided tour of the house by the curator. The tour includes the room where Sterne wrote Tristram Shandy and rooms filled with books, prints, paintings and objects relating to the story of the history of the house and its famous inhabitant. This tour takes approximately 40mins but can be tailored to each group's requirements. Visitors then have the opportunity to explore the gardens.
Gardens: Visitors can wander through two acres of gardens containing unusual perennials and old-fashioned roses. The grounds include a peaceful wildlife garden (ideal for picnics) and an art gallery.
Gallery: A changing programme of exhibitions takes place in the converted granary in the grounds of Shandy Hall. The curator can give gallery talks on request.
Groups should allow 2hrs for your visit - but this is flexible depending on the group. We can accomodate any size of group from small groups of less than 10 people, to larger groups of up to 200 people.
Prices: Shandy Hall tries to accommodate all requests including evening tours and private hire - prices vary accordingly. We are always happy to discuss your group's requirements - please contact us. Please note the house is open to the general public (May - September) at advertised times (2010 prices : £4.50 House and Garden: £2.50 Garden only).
Feedback we have recieved from groups about Shandy Hall and the Curator, Patrick Wildgust;
''I very much enjoyed the visit, and thought the house more beautiful than ever, thanks to your efforts . . .
''Your enthusiasm is very infectious and there was a buzz of excitement on the coach when we finally left Coxwold”
..it was a particular privilege to be in the company of a real enthusiast. The life and work of Laurence Sterne came alive in your words and we left enlightened and keen to read and learn more. We knew we’d been in the hands of a true educator!”
''Thank you very much for your kind hospitality and wonderful exposition yesterday. It was great to have the undivided attention of one so knowledgeable and so enthusiastic as yourself.''
. . it was hugely enjoyable and everyone was enthralled as it was tailored exactly to your audience. .”
''You were the key to opening the door to an entire world T.., a complete stranger to you, never has the opportunity to glimpse let alone visit. . . Quite impressive and I don’t believe just ‘anybody’ could have managed it. Well done!''
''Thank you again for letting us share the treasures at Shandy Hall, not the least of which is you, and your passion for Laurence Sterne.''