What: Private guided tour of Burghley House in aid of Independent Age

Where: Burghley House, Stamford, Lincolnshire PE9 3JY

When: Tuesday 11 October 2011, 10.30am

Tickets: £25, on sale in advance

Independent Age, the charity which offers a helping hand to thousands of older people across the UK (including 270 people in the East Midlands), invites you to a private guided tour of the 16th century Burghley House in Stamford during its famous flower festival on Tuesday 11 October.

Visiting the historic Burghley House at this special time of year, you will have the chance to enjoy the elaborate floral displays on show in the State Rooms. Flower enthusiasts will be able to marvel at the autumn-themed arrangements inspired by their stately surroundings which already house an impressive collection of 17th century Italian masterpieces and an exceptional collection of Oriental and European ceramics, among other works of art.

Visitors will be treated to a private tour of the house in the morning, a sandwich lunch in the Orangery and have the freedom to roam around the grounds, including the Gardens of Surprise and the Sculpture Garden.

All proceeds raised from the tour will support the charity’s work of tackling older people’s poverty and loneliness by offering information, advice and friendship.

For more information about this event, contact Nicola Franklin, Independent Age Area Manager for East Midlands, on 0116 271 8851 or nicola.franklin@independentage.org

For media enquiries, contact Rebecca Law on 020 7605 4291 or rebecca.law@independentage.org

Notes to editor

About Burghley House

Burghley House was built and mostly designed by William Cecil, Lord High Treasurer to Queen Elizabeth I, between 1555 and 1587. During each following century the descendants of the Lord High Treasurer, the 1st Lord Burghley, have all contributed to the collections that fill this magnificent house. Today it has one of the finest assemblies of 17th century Italian masterpieces, an exceptional collection of Oriental and European ceramics, fine furniture, textiles and works of art grouped together in a magnificent setting that remains a family home. Burghley is truly a treasure house.

About Independent Age

Independent Age is a unique and growing charity; a support community for thousands of older people across the UK and the Republic of Ireland. We offer a helping hand from a trusted friend, tackling older people’s poverty and loneliness by offering information, advice and friendship. For more information visit: www.independentage.org Independent Age and Counsel and Care are merging About Counsel and Care Counsel and Care is a national charity working with older people, their families and carers to get the best care and support. Advice on issues affecting older people and carers can be obtained by calling 0845 300 7585 or emailing advice@counselandcare.org.uk. Visit www.counselandcare.org.uk for more information

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