The Voice chooses Arley’s library for magical trailer

ARLEY Hall’s library has remained unchanged for decades, but only recently has it been allowed to gather dust – stardust that is.

It famously doubles as Tommy Shelby’s study in Peaky Blinders, but its latest appearance was in ITV’s trailer for The Voice which unveiled Olly Murs as the new judge.

You can watch the trailer here

“To be fair the library is almost unrecognisable in the trailer because we had to strip out most of the books,” said General Manager Steve Hamilton.

“The advert seems to be all about finding the ‘magic ingredient’ and we were delighted they found some of what they were looking for at Arley.”

Sir Tom Jones, and Jennifer Hudson joined Olly Murs at Arley Hall in November.

Arley’s historic collection of books were painstakingly removed over two days to make way for the 2,000 bottles that appear to be carrying magic potions in the trailer.

Each bottle was individually lit during the filming, which also saw the furniture emptied from Arley’s Gallery to make room for the final shot.

After the cameras had rolled it was time to put back 2,800 books, but not before many of them were dusted down and given some TLC.

The new series of The Voice UK – presented by Emma Willis – launches on ITV in January.

The hall is open on Sunday afternoons during winter, see Visit Us web page for full opening times.


This International Women’s Day (Wednesday 8 March) we’re celebrating Elizabeth Raffald. An entrepreneur, cook & woman ahead of her time, she’s a much admired part of the history of Arley. Cook and author of the widely successful book ‘The Experienced English Housekeeper’.

The Victoria & Albert Museum in London held a talk on Elizabeth Raffald in October 2016:

Innovator Elizabeth Raffald is a huge character in Arley history and originated recipes for wedding cake and Eccles cake – come to The Gardener’s Kitchen to try bakes inspired by her!


We have invited local school to be part of our decorating a Christmas Tree Competion as part of the Arley Christmas Floral Extravaganza.

They have been asked to decorate a tree in our Cruck Barn, which we will provide, so that it can be on display to our visitors during our Christmas week of opening of Saturday 3rd December through to Thursday 8th December.

The trees will be judged on Saturday 3rd December at 12noon by Stockley Farm Park who we are proud to say are sponsoring the competition again this year. The lucky winning school will be able to visit the farm with their whole class (30 children and 5 adults) for a FREE tailor-made educational visit during 2016! (T’s and C’s apply).

This year we have 13 schools taking part, which is fantastic!

The Russett School (Weaverham)
Appleton Thorn Primary School (Warrington)
Weaverham Forest Primary School (Northwich)
Barnton Primary School (Northwich)
Cinnamon Brow Primary School (Warrington)
St Johns (Warrington)
Cransley Junior School (Northwich)
Tarporley Primary School (Tarporley)
Landgate Primary School (Wigan)
Stockley Farm Park (Northwich)
Sandy Lane Nursery School (Warrington)
Stockton Heath Primary School (Warrington)
Wigan & Leigh College (Foundation Unit)


We are currently working on new paths in The Grove to make your walks that little bit easier in future.

The paths will be firmer, but when the grass grows you will not be able to see the difference. For now though, we have to ‘keep off the grass’ while it grows.

The Grove is an informal garden in a woodland setting. It contains spring bulbs, a very large collection of rhododendrons, azaleas and a wide range of other flowering shrubs and exotic trees, including varieties of oak, birch, magnolia, prunus, sorbus, malus, kalmia and hydrangea. Particularly colourful in spring, The Grove provides a most attractive walk throughout the season and visitors frequently comment on its peacful atmosphere.

The Grove also showcases the hugely successful Sculpture Exhibition which continues to attract a wealth of talented artists who take inspiration for their work from this beautiful woodland garden.