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Half Term at Compton Verney Art Gallery and Park

Artists as Designers: Build a Book Sat 26 May – Fri 1 Jun, 11am – 4pm A drop-in session in the Studio where you will learn how to build your own book from cover to pages and decorate. Visit our exhibitions Until Sun 10 Jun Final weeks of our Spring Exhibitions! Don’t miss Ravilious & Co and Created in Conflict. FREE entry for Members.   Half Term Forest School Thu 31 May, 11am – 4pm Create May Crowns, Forest School Wands and take part in weaving activities this May Half Term.   Orienteering Daily, 11am – 4pm Explore the grounds with our orienteering trails, a great way to grab some fresh air and enjoy the great outdoors!   Discover our wildlife Our grounds are full of wildlife! Spot birds on the lake from our bird hide, have a go at pond dipping, find the bats in our Ice House and loads more.   Adventure Playground Climb, swing and explore in our children’s adventure playground,  

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HALF TERM: Things to do with the family at Compton Verney Art Gallery and Park

IN-LIGHT II Sat 28 October – Sun 29 October, 6.30pm – 8.30pm Experience an enchanting and contemportary ‘son et lumière’ by light artist Luxmuarlis in Compton Verney’s stunning grounds. This year’s light and sound display draws on poetry and nature in a series of beautiful light projections. This will be a popular event and advanced booking is strongly recommended.   Autumn Exhibitions Thu 26 October, 11am – 4pm Visit our two brand new exhibitions: The Lost Words and Quentin Blake: Inside Stories. FREE entry for Members.    The Spell Walks Sat 21 October – Sun 17 December, 11am – 5pm Take inspiration from the exhibition and venture out in Compton Verney’s grounds to make your phone go wild with our Lost Words inspired Spell Walks. Experience Jackie and Roberts’ images and words as they appear in nature via two specially commissioned digital trails that can be downloaded straight to your smart phone. Trails are FREE for Members and visitors with a valid Exhibition Day Ticket.   The Big Draw   Tue 24 – Fri 27 October, 11am – 4pm Drop in to the studio with your family this October Half Term for your chance to create your own images and […]

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Compton Verney Art Gallery and Park celebrates Heritage Open Day

This year, on Friday 8 September, discover our stunning grounds, our eye-popping exhibitions and our six diverse permanent collections all for free! Discover the unique delights of Compton Verney Art Gallery & Park, where there’s something for everyone to enjoy. Escape the everyday to wander through our historic ‘Capability’ Brown landscape, marvel at our dazzling Seurat to Riley exhibition or have fun in our outdoor adventure playground. Learn all about the beautiful grounds by speaking to the grounds team or simply kick back and relax among the lime trees. There are many tours available throughout the day, offering you the chance to explore Compton Verney: 11.00am – British Folk Art Tour 11.30am – Chapel Tour 12.00pm – Exhibition Tour 2.00pm – British Folk Art Tour 2.30pm – Exhibition Tour 3.00pm – Chapel Tour Simply sign up on the day for tours.

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Two Events for under 5s at Compton Verney

Early Years Forest School Drop-in sessions for under 5s at Compton Verney every Thursday from 12.30 – 2.30 #CVGrounds

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Tree Climbing – Last Session October 4th

I bring news of our final tree climbing day of the year at Compton Verney, in a tree overlooking the expansive west lawn and gallery building. Sunday October 4th will see the Big Tree Climbing Company return to host sessions all day long, helping individuals from six upwards to experience the thrill of climbing using ropes and harnesses. For all enquiries and booking, please contact the Big Tree Climbing Company direct, via the following link: http://www.bigtreeclimbing.co.uk/event/warwickshire-7/      

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Gain free entry to Compton Verney?!

Compton Verney does Heritage Open Days!

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Talk: Hidcote Garden ‘An Arts and Crafts Masterpiece’

Description of a bookable talk this Friday at Compton Verney, about the Arts and Crafts masterpiece Hidcote Manor Gardens, by Glyn Jones, Garden and Countryside Manager

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Tree Climbing at Compton Verney

This weekend sees the return of organised tree climbing at Compton Verney. Despite a set-back last month when a bee swarm alighted on our favoured London Plane tree, we’re confident for the coming sessions with a choice of two trees now available to the organisers The Great Big Tree Climbing Company. Two highly skilled and friendly instructors can help all ages reach new heights in a fantastic tree at Compton Verney. They will teach you how to enter a tree’s canopy using ropes, knots and karabiners, whilst being securely attached in a harness at all times. Once at the top of the tree you will gain an experience which can’t be found on the ground and if you’re feeling brave try some branch walking before being lowered to the ground ! Each session contains a maximum of eight participants, creating a unique and intimate experience. This Saturday, July 4th. Sessions available from 10:00am to 4:45pm – £18.50 per session + booking fee. Entry to Compton Verney charged separately – free for members and season pass holders. There are still places remaining on the sessions, which can be booked directly with BTCC via the link below. BIG TREE CLIMBING COMPANY – […]

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Big Sunday, this Sunday at Compton Verney

Interested in the traditional crafts such as thatching, brick making and stone masonry? Maybe hand crafting things from easily found timber, or wood turning and weaving to create chairs for example? #CVGrounds

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Park Life! Moths: Butterflies of the Night

Have you signed up for the 30 Days Wild challenge from the Wildlife Trusts? If so then you might like to hear of an evening wildlife event at Compton Verney that would certainly qualify as a random act of wildness – Moths: Butterflies of the Night

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Do you see yourself as the next Poldark?

Now, Compton Verney’s equivalent to Aidan Turner I can’t promise, but on Tuesday 7th July we’ll be hosting an Introduction to Scything Workshop, an old form of mowing that has so many benefits. Read on for more info!

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Compton Verney Tree Climbing 2015

– enter a tree canopy using ropes, knots and karabiners
– gain an experience which can’t be found on the ground
– complete a branch walk

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September – The Landscape at Compton Verney

Welcome to this ‘September’ article, the ninth in a series of posts which aim to review, through photographs, twelve months of activity in and around the diverse landscape of Compton Verney. It’s a historic landscape that has seen much change, from the shaping of the areas as new plants establish to the visual delight gained from one of a number of artistic interactions. There are huge changes in the atmosphere from the busiest of open days to quiet days when just bird song can be heard. Either way, visually the landscape changes minute by minute and it’s wonderful to be there to experience it – and on occasion capture an image or two! Links to other months will be added at the bottom of the page, but for now, I hope you enjoy ‘September – The landscape at Compton Verney’ :  

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June – The Landscape at Compton Verney

Welcome to this ‘June’ article, the sixth in a series of posts which aim to review, through photographs, twelve months of activity in and around the diverse landscape of Compton Verney. It’s a historic landscape that has seen much change, from the shaping of the areas as new plants establish to the visual delight gained from one of a number of artistic interactions. There are huge changes in the atmosphere from the busiest of open days to quiet days when just bird song can be heard. Either way, visually the landscape changes minute by minute and it’s wonderful to be there to experience it – and on occasion capture an image or two! Links to other months will be added at the bottom of the page, but for now, I hope you enjoy ‘June – The landscape at Compton Verney’ :

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Festive Fireworks at Compton Verney

Mini post with images of the festive fireworks at Compton Verney 2014

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Tai Chi at Compton Verney

Another Compton Verney Grounds event plug from me – however – this one is cost-free, very different from our normal offering and one that I think fits perfectly with our landscape! It is a Tai chi class and demonstration this Saturday morning, September 20th where well practised leaders have use of the landscape, and will aim to run sessions in a number of evocative spaces. Depending on group numbers, leaders will have a host of locations to choose from sculpted, open lawn areas, to intimate spaces sheltered by overhead trees. What a great way to interact with such a wonderful landscape. It is an ideal way for people to try tai chi at a stunning new venue. If you’re interested in learning more, please contact the organisers at the Swan School via the link below, who are happy to talk more about the event. Information direct from organisers flyer: This is an all-weather event run by The Swan School of Tai Chi and Chi Gung, where you can combine the beauty of this Lancelot ‘Capability’ Brown designed landscape with the flowing, graceful movements of Tai chi. There is also opportunity to join in future Tai chi classes enjoying the landscape, wildlife and […]

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Italian Art Talks – Palladio and Britain

There are a number of like-minded individuals who follow this blog with a good deal of love and appreciation, not only for landscape gardens but also for architecture. Indeed, most people who visit Compton Verney are acutely aware of the wonderful Robert Adam improved mansion that is reflected in the upper pool. I personally have spent many hours, by default, working around and looking at this, and other impressive Palladian buildings. It is unsurprising therefore that

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Woodland Play Area, Compton Verney

Discovered the Woodland Play Area at Compton Verney yet? If not, then you may not know what you’re missing!

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Tree Climbing Time!

Yes our last climbing session of the season is being run, (or climbed!) NEXT FRIDAY – 22nd August. Managed on site by The Great Big Tree Climbing Company, the day long activity is broken down into bite-sized hour-long climbing sessions that are perfect for merging in with other features on site – the Woodland Play Area, Willow Tunnel, Nature’s Art Box and of course the Moore Rodin exhibition. There’s seating nearby to picnic, watch the action or take some action photographs. Other locations include Alexandra Palace, the Sir Harold Hillier Gardens, and the National Trust’s Anglesey Abbey to name just a few, so we’re delighted the GBTCCo. are dropping by to lead one more day of climbing at our own Compton Verney. (c) Great Big Tree Climbing Company As described on the website: Reach new heights at Compton Verney in our tree climbing activity. Two experts will teach you how to enter a tree’s canopy using ropes, knots and karabiners, whilst being securely attached in a harness at all times. Once at the top of the tree you will see amazing views and gain an experience which can’t be found on the ground. If you’re feeling brave take the zip wire […]

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Edgehill Half-marathon, Compton Verney

For just a few hours today Compton Verney became the start and finish venue for the edgehill half-marathon organised by Tempo Events. The runners

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Digital SLR Photography Workshop – Landscape and Garden

Time is fast approaching for our Intermediate Digital SLR Photography Workshop – next Wednesday 11 June, led by Stratford-on-Avon based professional photographer Sally Crane. It’s an opportunity to move your photography to a new level, press that new DSLR into use, or simply refresh your love for landscape and garden photography.

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Grounds Trails at Compton Verney

If you’re a regular visitor to Compton Verney, you’ll know something of the diversity the landscape holds. There’s establishing flower borders near the chapel, a long-established woodland garden known as the ice house coppice, acres of wild flower parkland and lawns aplenty. However, have you heard of the family activity trails to help you explore some of that landscape?

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Tree Climbing

A quick post to thank everyone who helped make the tree climbing activity a success today at Compton Verney. A beautiful sunny day from the outset, and it was wonderful to see folks enjoying this very different aspect of the grounds.

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DSLR Photography Workshops

Just a quick post to mention an enjoyable digital SLR photography workshop at Compton Verney last Wednesday which passed effortlessly, led by professional photographer Sally Crane.

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Digital SLR Photography Workshop

Picked up a digital SLR camera recently? Keen to move away from auto mode and need guidance on how the other settings work together? Maybe a one day workshop could be the answer we’re both looking for, and funny enough – a workshop is fast approaching! The workshop will take place at Compton Verney on 26th March 2014, to be led by professional photographer Sally Crane. All you need is a DSLR and a packed lunch, although places can be reserved in the restaurant of course.

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Ropes, Knots and Karabiners!

Do your family enjoy the great outdoors; exploring parks and gardens perhaps? If like me, you like to test your children’s perception and enjoy seeing them discover new things, or maybe you yourself are seeking a new challenge or experience? Then maybe this new event in south Warwickshire could be worth a look…

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#MooreRodin

Well what a fascinating week we’ve had! If you follow Compton Verney or myself on twitter, there’s probably no need to tell you that we’ve been rather busy recently helping with the installation of sculpture for our forthcoming exhibition – Moore Rodin; featuring works from English sculptor Henry Moore, and French sculptor Auguste Rodin. It has of course been more than a little challenging due to weather conditions, with heaven sent moisture playing a pivotal role in the process! I have to say however that the installation team involved have so far been very helpful and respectful of our precious grounds. That said, there is some lawn repair work to complete, but very little indeed considering the size of achievement.

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An Historic Landscape Needs Your Help!

Do you have an interest in Gardens? Maybe you’ve an appreciation for the English Landscape? You might even have a passing interest in the History of our Green and Pleasant Land… If the bold type strikes a note, and you’d like to learn a little more about each and any of the above, for free, then a perfect opportunity could exist for you on March 29th 2014 – literally just over the horizon!

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A Wreath for Compton Verney

A short video from the grounds team, showing the making of a Christmas Wreath for Compton Verney. The mansions portico is decorated each November with four large Christmas trees between the columns, with the wreath positioned centrally above the Adam Hall doors. The video will explain more, but I hasten to add that the wreath and video is an amateur production – so please be kind! Don’t forget you can see the wreath, trees and more by visiting one of our Winter Weekends – 7th and 8th, and 14th and 15th December 2013 [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gvt52lsiQzE&w=420&h=315]

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Georgian Weekend Revelry

Now that the dust has settled, if not the post event gossip, I thought it worth adding a short post about the Georgian Weekend we enjoyed at the end of September. In the very least, I hope the photographs might paint a picture of the general revelry we enjoyed over the weekend.

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Georgian Weekend is here!

The time has arrived for our Georgian Weekend at Compton Verney! Inside our beautiful mansion, the Mannered Mob are decked out in very stylish Georgian attire, with displays of embroidery, and medical equipment that may or may not turn ones stomach! Elsewhere, in our elegant Robert Adam designed hall, the group are playing enchanting music on period instruments and engaging visitors (who dare!) with Georgian dancing and singing. Outside, in the mellow

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Pop-up Bird Hide

An update to show a new way for us to engage with wildlife on-site at Compton Verney – a bird hide. Not the traditional one I hasten to add, but a pop-up camouflage hide! Our purchase was supported and made possible by NFU, who also funded

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Heritage Open Day Tours

Just a quick peek at the landscape view we were enjoying as part of our Heritage Open Days East Park Tours these past two days. This brings to a close Compton Verney’s involvement in HODs for this year, but I know there are many other venues available this weekend so please check the Heritage Open Days website where you’ll be able to search on locations near to you. Compton Verney will of course be open as usual, and there’s still time to see the current exhibition – Turner and Constable: Sketching from nature. Tomorrow I’ll be away visiting other Heritage Open Day events, picking up tips and inspiration. Many thanks to all who showed interest and gave encouragement for our tours; I have thoroughly enjoyed the experience and hope to return with more next year. Gary  

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A Georgian Weekend Gardener

Well, of all the things… There I was being all supportive for a forthcoming ‘Georgian Weekend’ at Compton Verney, when a comment sprang forth from my lips: what about costumed people in the grounds, as well as in the mansion? And several months later, I find myself in the costume department of the Royal Shakespeare Company… Eeek – when will I learn to keep quiet!!

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Heritage Open Days – East Park Tours

Another new step for the grounds team – Heritage Open Days! More specifically, we’ll be stepping in the direction of the East Park at Compton Verney, an area yet to be conquered with general grounds walks. The Heritage Open Days offer will be one tour each morning on the 12th and 13th of September. Each tour will be free to join, but we are limited to 20 people per tour so please book ahead – and soon! To book or ask further questions, please contact gary.webb@comptonverney.org.uk or call 01926 645 535

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A buzzy attraction during the Grounds Weekend

What a fantastic sunny weekend to host a Grounds Weekend. We had pretty much wall to wall sunshine – great news for both humans and bees. Fellow volunteer beekeeper Rod Oates was manning our bee display, which was set out near our hives, on Saturday June 29th and I came over on Sunday to

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Grounds Weekend – Day One!

A few images snapped whilst out and about in the grounds on the first day of our Grounds Weekend at Compton Verney. 29th June 2013     Grounds Weekend visiting information – Click Here Further event information on Grounds Blog – Click Here  

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Birds & Bees @ComptonVerney

Have you caught the whispers about a grounds event that is happening at Compton Verney this weekend? Arranged by our learning team, the event does I’m glad to say put our amazing landscape and garden firmly in the spotlight, with a specific focus on flying wildlife – or birds and bees to bee precise (last bee pun… maybee…you have been warned!)

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Bee Update – June 22 2013

Just under two months ago I wrote about our newly installed bee hives at Compton Verney. I’m glad to say the bees have not only settled in well but are positively thriving! Regular updates from Rod our volunteer beekeeper have kept me aware of progress, and the whole process is captivating I have to say. On a number of occasions I’ve

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Grounds Tour

Interested in gardens, art, plants or landscape history? Or are you planning a visit to view Compton Verney’s stunning collections and exhibitions? You may be interested to hear that whilst on site, you can join me, head of landscape and gardens for a one hour tour of the grounds where I’ll talk about all of the above and more. We shall be walking around the lawns and through the restored path network of the wooded ice house coppice, where I shall describe and point out the key historical development of the grounds, lost and restored features, and of course our valuable plants and wildlife. The grounds tour is a great opportunity to see another, very different side to this magnificent arts venue. Tours are on the first Thursday of each month, at 1:30pm, and are available free to members or for visitors who purchase a collection and grounds ticket – please sign up at ticket desk on arrival. Do come along and show your support for the grounds. I very much look forward to seeing you on the next tour! You can also pick up on our occasional tweets via the Compton Verney Twitter page – just search on #CVGrounds  Gary Webb Head of Landscape and Gardens For […]

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Seeing the woods..and the trees

Forest School at Compton Verney is going from strength to strength. I really do hope that this element of the grounds continues to grow, as I believe it has so much potential. Forest School offers a really special experience to youngsters, engaging them with woodlands in many exciting ways. Gary Webb.

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Compton Verney Country Garden Fair – A quick review!

I thought I’d assemble a short post to show my appreciation for all the hard work and support that people gave towards our first Country Garden Fair at Compton Verney. I’m relieved to say it was a success, and all ran smoothly.

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Country Garden Fair

Saturday 20th April is the date we’re waiting for at Compton Verney, for this is our first attempt at a new venture that we hope grows and grows – A Country Garden Fair! The idea for the fair was born following a succesful Textile Fair in 2012, which proved a hit amongst our members and visitors. In line with the character and grandeur of the mansion, we chose for our first Country Garden Fair to keep the main focus once again in the splendid Adam Hall, and have attracted a line up of quality suppliers from around the area, all selling goods themed to the event title – be prepared however, there may be some unexpected surprise sellers! Potential suppliers were given an option to choose an inside or outside location, and we’re happy to announce that two stalls in particular will be featured in the courtyard beneath the columns of the mansion portico selling a range of plant material – so for those looking to take away some leafy goods for the garden; there will be sufficient opportunity. We’re keen to try new ventures here at Compton Verney, and the Country Garden Fair is certainly that, but please remember […]

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Bat Night

Just a short post this morning to mention a succesful Bat Night at Compton Verney. The event was organised by the in-house Learning Team and was fully booked for an engaging early evening presentation, followed by a grounds walk to locate bats. The evening was led by Sean Neill who represents both Warwickshire Bat Group and the Bat Conservation Trust. Sean talked and displayed images of the many bats to be found throughout the world, including the surprisingly large ‘Flying Fox’, and the gasp inducing ‘Vampire Bat’, both of which enjoy much warmer climes than our own. Much attention was given to the eighteen species of bat to be found in the UK, and particularly to those types most likely to be found on site. The most prominent species at Compton Verney are Pipistrelle’s and Daubentons, but we’ve also recorded Noctule, Long Eared and Lesser Horseshoe bats on occasion – it’s a little known fact that whilst gallery and learning centre spaces are kept clean and tidy, loft spaces above are preserved as roost sites for bats. Provision was made during the restoration of the buildings, including the addition of specially constructed bat entrances to the loft spaces, which were also sealed off from general access. During our bat night, as the hot chocolate and information was consumed, the light outside faded, at which point we zipped up […]

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Easter Weekend

It’s been a particularly tough week for outdoor workers of late with that chilly east wind dropping the temperatures below freezing even during the daytime, but with Easter and the open season upon us we’ve carried on regardless. By this date we would normally have cut the lawns a few times, spruced up planted areas and would be ‘simply’ blowing the paths of debris each day prior to opening. This year however the winter season refuses to let go, and keeps giving us snow and ice to deal with! At the start of this week the grounds team were busy clearing drives of snow and ice, but thanks to the drying if chilly breeze; we did manage to move onto other tasks as the week progressed. Some of the benches have enjoyed a winter spruce up to keep them lichen and algae free, coppice prunings have been tidied away and stored for re-use, and the courtyard gravel has been levelled and re-levelled following the necessary snow shovelling with the tractor last Saturday. The sunshine is threatening to peek through over Easter, and I hope it brings warmer temperatures for our weekend visitors. It may still be a little cool to sit outdoors, but we’ve been busy in many areas of the grounds, which are all set for the season ahead. The last of the Snowdrops are […]

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Closed due to weather

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