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Gelatine and flummery will be on the menu at Brodsworth Hall, near Doncaster, on Friday 25 and Saturday 26 July 2008, when the Victorian country house hosts its first ever Jelly Festival!

Inspired by the jelly moulds that can be seen in the Victorian kitchen within the hall itself, JellyFest 2008 will give visitors to Brodsworth Hall a chance to look at some of the amazing works of aspic and gelatine-based works of art that would have graced the table of 19th century grand houses.

The moulded delights will be created by Ivan Day, one of the world’s leading authorities on historic food. Jelly is one of his passions, and a particular area of expertise that has been developed over many years. Ivan has an extensive collection of vintage jelly moulds which enable him to create jellies of many different sizes and shapes.

“The Victorians were generally very straight-laced, but jellies were often seen as an exception to many of society’s conventions. For example, visitors will see an example of a mid-nineteenth century tiered cone jelly – reminiscent of Madonna’s famous pointy bra – which would have caused many a Victorian diner to have cried with mirth when they saw this particularly jelly wobbling in a most provocative way!” says Ivan.

Visitors will see around 40-50 jellies as part of JellyFest 2008, which will be arranged in gazebos in the garden on the West Parterre at Brodsworth Hall. Throughout the two days of the event, Ivan will also be demonstrating how the different jelly designs were made, including the stunning Brunswick Star jelly which had a star running through the centre from top to bottom, and striped orange jellies.

Brodsworth Hall’s Jelly Festival was inspired by the huge number of jelly and aspic moulds on display in the Victorian kitchen within the hall itself. The Victorian kitchen was largely taken out of use after World War I, when economies meant that the doors were shut and locked on several rooms in the house. With the cooking focus moved from the vast range into a more modest kitchen, the Victorian kitchen was largely preserved as a relic of a bygone time until English Heritage took over the house in the 1980s, rediscovering the Victoriana and putting it on display for a new generation of visitors.

Indeed, new for 2008, visitors can see a number of new rooms, including the kitchen used by the house’s last owner, Sylvia Grant-Dalton, which has been restored to exactly how it was when Sylvia died in 1988.

JellyFest 2008 runs on Friday 25 and Saturday 26 July from 10.00am to 4.30pm in the grounds of Brodsworth Hall. Admission is £5.00 for adults, £4.00 for concessions and just £2.50 for children. Admission, including entry to Brodsworth Hall itself, is £8.50 for adults, £6.80 for concessions and £4.30 for children. For more details, please call 01302 722598 or visit

The event is supported by Hartley’s Jelly.

Anyone interested in bringing their own jelly creations along to Brodsworth Hall for JellyFest 2008 would also be welcome! For more details, please contact Jay Commins on 0113 251 5698.


For further media information or photographs, please contact:

Jay Commins
PRO – English Heritage
Tel: 0113 251 5698
Mob: 07810 546567

Alternatively, download images direct from Ivan Day's website,

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