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From this small acorn the imaginative and unique Christmas Adventure was born with the first Illuminated Enchanted Forest in England, filled with twinkling lights and festive fairytale sculptures.
To this was added the only illuminated yew tree maze in Yorkshire as well as a large outdoor ice rink and a unique artificial Nordic ski trail. In 2011, amongst other awards, Peter and Susie won the Historic Houses’ ‘Best Family Day Out’ award for their creative diversification of a traditional estate.
Stockeld Park House is a beautiful Georgian Mansion set in a magnificent Yorkshire parkland designed in 1763 by the celebrated architect, James Paine, who also designed Nostell Priory and the stables and famous bridge at Chatsworth. It was originally built for Sir William Middleton but family tragedy and scandalous, costly divorce meant the estate was sold to Robert John Foster, the great grandfather of the present owner, in 1875.
Robert John had made his fortune in the Black Dyke mills of Halifax, still famed for its internationally renowned brass band. Passing through the female line, the mansion and estate now belongs to Peter Grant and his wife, Susie, who have lived here for 25 years, raising their five children in these beautiful surroundings, which they now share with tens of thousands of visitors who come to their family adventure park every year.
Stockeld Park is still very much a home, and is the centre of a 2000-acre agricultural estate, which is made up of beautiful rolling parkland, extensive farmland and Yorkshire’s finest and largest Christmas tree plantation. This was one of Peter Grant’s early initiatives to diversify the estate and today there are some half a million Christmas trees in the ground!
At Stockeld Park, life never stands still – the family and their close team are constantly striving to ensure that the Estate continues to prosper and bring joy to future generations of family, employees, and visitors alike. In 2013, they added imaginative themed adventure play areas, a go kart track, large inflatable play and an indoor play area and the Summer Adventure was born. The adventure park is now open every school holiday and is enjoyed by thousands.
The Mansion and gardens are open to pre-booked groups who wish to see around the house. Film companies also take an interest in the historic surrounding. Wuthering Heights, starring Tom Hardy was filmed here a few years ago and the much awaited production of Swallows and Amazons used Home Farm in the park as one of its main location
We hope that you will enjoy finding out about Stockeld Park on this website and that you will visit us soon!