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Notice: Lodge Park will be open on Bank Holiday Monday (6 May), from 11am to 4pm.
A 17th-century grandstand and Cotswold country estate
John 'Crump' Dutton built this 17th-century grandstand, fuelled by his passion for deer coursing, gambling, banqueting and entertaining.
Lodge Park became the National Trust's first restoration project in 1998 and relied on archaeological evidence to return the building to its former glory. It's situated approximately two and a half miles from the village of Sherborne, the other side of the A40.
Lodge Park is open March to November, Fridays to Sunday (occasionally closed for private events).
Sherborne Park Estate
Sherborne is a working estate and has an abundance of wildlife, from fallow and roe deer to badgers and foxes.
Ewe Pen Barn is the starting point for Lodge Park's three main walking routes: Short Woodland Stroll; Family Fun Walk and Historic Farmland Hike.
Make sure to leave some time to visit the 18th century water meadows (home to otters, water voles and dragonflies), and to follow the sculpture trail around the pleasure grounds.
The estate is open year round, dawn to dusk.