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Calke Abbey takes a sporting view

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: July 28, 2014

By Rob Smyth

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A SOUTH Derbyshire tourist attraction is taking a trip back to the 1900s this summer – in a bid to help people keep fit and healthy.

The National Trust has announced it is set to take a jump back in time at Calke Abbey, near Ticknall, and look at how people in the past enjoyed lawn tennis, rounders and croquet with visitors.

The link stems from when the Harpur-Crewe family lived at Calke Abbey in the 1900s and regularly played a raft of sports that are no longer popular in modern society.

Catherine MacCarthy, head of conservation at the National Trust in the Midlands, said: "While many things have changed over the years, the ways in which we like to relax and enjoy our free time have stayed remarkably the same.

"As we celebrate the arrival of summer, it's fascinating to find out how the families who lived in the places we look after used to enjoy their leisure time."

Members of the Harpur-Crewe family used to enjoy playing tennis and there was even a court situated on the east front of the house.

Miss MacCarthy added: "From an energetic game of rounders to a gentle spot of croquet, there are lots of ways to make memories with your family at a National Trust place in Derbyshire this summer.

"Playing outside, whatever your age, in colourful gardens or parks and woodlands is the perfect way to spend a summer's day."

Summer visitors to National Trust sites can now have a go at playing old and new games.

There will be a range of games on offer including badminton, quoits and even some football goals to shoot at.

Sudbury Hall visitors will be able to have a go at traditional street games.

Visit www.nationaltrust.org.uk/midlands for more details.

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