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Belton by Design
The Perfect English Country House?
Begun for Sir John Brownlow in 1685, Belton was certainly designed to impress and across its 300 year history, each generation of the Brownlows left their creative mark.
The work of leading designers, artists and craftsmen is evidenced in the house; from Grinling Gibbons carvings and Edward Goudge plasterwork to one of the most significant historic silver collections in the country and the second largest library held by the National Trust. Relatively compact it may be, but the quality of its collection, its setting in 36 acres of formal gardens and 1300 acres of deer park mean that Belton House is regarded as the most complete example of an English country house.
In 2014 we'll be celebrating the importance of design at Belton through a broad range of events and activities, from Meet the Expert talks to Design Days for families.
Your Day, Your Way
A visit to the mansion gives you the opportunity to plan your day, your way. Gone is the set visitor route; Now you can explore at your own pace, enjoy themed interpretation, guided tours and rooms that enable you to delve a little deeper while our daily Below Stairs Tours give fascinating insights into how Belton's servants lived and worked in the 1900s.
The Great British Walk
Autumn is a great chance to get out and explore the park and gardens. Choose from a range of activities during September and October and get involved with the Great British Walk.
• Take a guided walk with our Head Gardener and discover how Belton's gardens have changed over time
• Get the kids hunting for autumn objects on the scavenger trail during September weekends
• Explore the parkland by downloading the Belton Park Walk
• See if you can see any rutting deer with our Ranger as he guides you on the Deer Park Walk
• Take in the grand views of the estate on the Belton to Bellmount Tower Walk led by our Ranger
Booking is advised on all guided walks so please contact us to book your place, see our events for more details.
Artist in Residence
Visit the House this season and enjoy the Studio Silver Today exhibition by the Worshipful Company of Goldsmiths which showcases the work of artist silversmith, Angela Cork.
Angela will be in the mansion most Saturdays, working on a silver beaker inspired by Belton's staircase. This unique piece of silver will be given away in a prize draw at the end of the year.
No.4 Build a den
Does it feel like ages since you all explored the great outdoors together? Well why not get out there this autumn? Build a den, go on a scavenger trail or climb a tree!
The 50 Things to before you're 11¾ challenge is a great way to keep the whole family in touch with nature, and have great fun doing it. Children can track their progress, earn badges, certificates and collect secret rewards on the way.
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