Compton Verney Park
Our Park is rich in history and has a multitude of activities for you to enjoy and explore throughout the year whatever the weather.
The Park at Compton Verney that you see today is the result of an 11-year restoration project that is still ongoing to restore the landscape to the one that Lancelot ‘Capability’ Brown designed in 1768.
Top 10 things to do in the Park
- Spot bird and wildlife on a nature walk around the ‘Capability’ Brown paths
- Visit the newly planted Labyrinth
- See baby birds on the lake from our new bird hide
- Explore a vision of the future at The Clearing, on the shores of the lake
- Have fun in our Forest School and outdoor activities every Thursday
- Take a moment to unwind and enjoy the bird song
- Discover new horizons with our orienteering courses
- Go on a tour and learn all about the Park
- Get fit with a jog, walk or Tai Chi session in the Park
- Spend the afternoon cloud gazing
Dogs at Compton Verney
Dogs on leads allowed in the Old Town Meadow only. In the Gallery and main park, assistance dogs only. Please call for details 01926 645 500.
The Compton Verney Landscape Restoration Project
This £3.7m capital and revenue scheme is supported by a £2.5m grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund together with significant contributions from a whole range of other funders.
The project will preserve, restore and celebrate our outstanding ‘Capability’ Brown landscape, Grade I listed Chapel and restoring this nationally-important heritage, a key objective is to enliven landscape with eyecatchers and activities which highlight the site’s history of innovative thinking, art, architectural change and ecological diversity. The works include:
- restore the ‘Capability’ Brown Chapel of 1776-9
- build a Visitor Welcome Centre to tell the story of the site’s landscape, history and ecology as well as providing visitor facilities
- expand learning, engagement and volunteering opportunities
- secure and develop the biodiversity of the parkland and recreate original Georgian pathways so visitors can view different habitats while enjoying Brown’s sightlines
- create two eyecatchers, bridge and wetland boardwalk in the landscape, drawing attention to the history of the site in refreshing new ways
- use Brown’s landscape as a platform to bring together a range of interests – art, architecture, landscape design, health and wellbeing, music, history, and ecology – which will enable us engage with new audiences in totally new ways
The new Visitor Welcome Centre was completed earlier this year, as were the new pathways, boardwalk, pond-dipping platform, bird hide and site interpretation. The restoration of the chapel is nearing completion and the Grounds Maintenance Building is expected to become operational in September 2016.