10th Birthday Party

Fun at the Fair

After months of preparation the big day had finally arrived- Compton Verney turns 10!

It was an early start for the Programming Team as they ran around the grounds setting up the stalls – from setting the ducks afloat to assembling a mini Compton Verney for the Hoop-La.

Ducks

The staff then gathered in the Adam Hall to officially start the festivities with the cutting of the cake (very important – we do like our cake here at Compton Verney!).

Kindly donated by 'Sweet As' in nearby Leamington.
Kindly donated by ‘Sweet As’ in nearby Leamington. Photo by Stuart.

We were absolutely over-the-moon to welcome so many visitors to Compton Verney to celebrate the special day with us – our busiest day in all of our ten years! We even managed to spot a few famous artists among our party-goers:

Spotted! Vincent Van Gogh, Grayson Perry & Alan Measles and Frida Kahlo, waiting for some cake...
Spotted! Vincent Van Gogh, Grayson Perry & Alan Measles and Frida Kahlo, waiting for some cake… Photo by Dick Cluley.

See if you recognise some of these familiar faces from the Programming Team too:

Joanna Essen as Yayoi Kusama. Thanks for the pic John Bishop!
Joanna Essen as Yayoi Kusama. Photo by John Bishop.

 

Alice Kirk as Jeff Koons.
Alice Kirk as Jeff Koons. Photo by John Bishop.

 

...and we even spied Andy Warhol (aka. Alison Cox) having a go on the astroslide!
…and we even spied Andy Warhol (aka. Alison Cox) having a go on the astroslide!

 

And the fairground fun didn’t stop there! Roll up, roll up – we had stalls, activities, rides, BBQ, music and more…

Frida and Yayoi Kusama - Guess the Weight of Rodin's Burghers of Calais.
Frida and Yayoi Kusama – Guess the Weight of Rodin’s Burghers of Calais.
Action Shot! Learning Volunteer Clifford has a go a the Hoop-La.
Action Shot! Learning Volunteer Clifford has a go a the Hoop-La. Photo by John Bishop.
Andy Warhol on Tin Can Alley!
Andy Warhol on Tin Can Alley!

 

Splat-the-Rat
Splat-the-Rat. Photo by Stuart.

 

Getting dizzy on the carousel
Getting dizzy on the carousel. Photo by Stuart.

The soundtrack to the day was provided by a fab mix of musical and dance performances from In2Cultures, Startled Ferrets, Rock Choir and marvellous Nigel.  Our thanks again to them!

Photo by Stuart.
Photo by Stuart.

And, it goes without saying, the day would not have been complete without Moira having a well-deserved go on the astro-slide after all of her hard work in preparing for the day… (note the Banksy jumper)

Ready, Steady, Go!
Ready, Steady, Go!

 

So for all those who joined in with our birthday fun, thanks so much for coming, and for those who couldn’t make it, we hope  you have enjoyed reliving it with us through these photos. Happy Birthday Compton Verney, and here’s to the next 10 years!

Jo and Lucy

Photo by Catherine Travis.
Photo by Catherine Travis.

 

 

 

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