Coming soon at Croome
There's always something new to see at Croome and this year is no different. Read on for the top ten things to see and do coming your way for the rest of this year.
It's not just any old scaffold. As the Heritage Lottery funded repair to Croome Court gets under way, see the scaffold being built from August with the chance to climb to the top later this year.
Café in the sky
That's not all. Your climb to the top of the scaffold will be rewarded with a magnificent view and a stop off at the Sky Café which sits right at the top of Croome Court's scaffold structure looking out over the park.
Croome Court uncovered
See behind the scenes of the repair work as we share a different aspect of the intricate conservation work each month. There'll be something new to discover on every visit as we carry out the repair right in front of you alongside demonstrations, trails, lectures, displays and hands-on activities for adults and children.
Image by Catriona Hughes
The secret walk
Linking the Church Shrubbery to the Home Shrubbery and Rotunda for the first time, you will be able to take a new circular walk around the park leading to Croome Court in August. Full of beautiful trees, shade and atmosphere the walk will be a great addition to your day.
RAF Defford Museum
A new museum to tell the story of the service men and women and the war-winning work they carried out at the top secret airbase of RAF Defford will open this autumn. Housed in a newly restored section of our visitor centre, which was funded by the Severn Waste Environmental Fund, the Defford Airfield Heritage Group will be working hard over the next few months to get the museum ready thanks to further funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund.
A chinese reconstruction
The mid-18th century Chinese Bridge which used to span the river by Croome Court is a bit of a local legend. With only foundations remaining today, uncovered by archaeological investigations, the original bridge disappeared from the river banks leaving no photographs to record its grand scale. Thanks to £200,000 of funding from the Monument 85 Fund we're carefully reconstructing the wooden bridge which will be ready by 2015.
Saving the urn
A 'swirl' urn dedicated to the memory of the 6th Earl of Coventry was found in the Home Shrubbery after lying in pieces on the ground for decades. With generous funding from the Friends of Croome, we're reconstructing the urn and reinstating it in the newly opened walk along the Home Shrubbery by late summer, adding to the growing list of restored statues in the park.
Soul to Sole
We'll be steadily adding to Soul to Sole, a new way to tell stories of loss and survival. Using pairs of shoes displayed in the house's 1950s boy's school lockers and created by new artists, designers and craftspeople, you can discover more about the characters that have called Croome their home.
Design a shoe
Sitting alongside Soul to Sole is a creative workshop which is being used to design and make the pairs of shoes that go on display for you to explore. Part of the workshop is an opportunity for you to design your own pair, based on your experiences at Croome, which will then be made and put on display in Soul to Sole. Get drawing in the basement or take the entry form home with you to work on.
The hidden house
Discover the hidden house this autumn as we uncover what the red brick house trapped within Croome Court's walls once looked like. Have a go at piecing together a 3D reconstruction of the 17th century house, which has been created in collaboration with local artist David Birtwhistle, an architectural historian and a 3D modeller.