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Palladian mansion and world-famous landscape garden
When Stourhead first opened in the 1740s, a magazine described it as ‘a living work of art’. The world-famous landscape garden has at its centrepiece a magnificent lake reflecting classical temples, mystical grottoes, and rare and exotic trees, and offers a day of fresh air and discovery.
Uncover the fascinating history of Stourhead house with an Italian ‘Grand Tour’ adventure and enjoy the unique Regency library, Chippendale furniture and inspirational paintings. The Palladian mansion is set amid ‘picnic perfect’ lawns and extensive parkland.
Explore the 1,072 hectare (2,650 acre) Stourhead estate where chalk downs, ancient woods and farmland are managed for wildlife.
A day in the woods: Carving workshop
Wednesday 14 July, 10am-4pm
Join local expert Greg for a day discovering how to identify suitable wood and harvest it in a sustainable way. You'll learn safe carving techniques and Greg will share his expertise in cutting and shaping wood. Adults £85 including lunch. Book you place on 01747 841152.
Gallipoli and the Middle East
Thursday 30 July between 10.30am-12.30pm and 1.30-4pm
Drop into the Discovery Centre and join local artists the 'Scraptors' to create a sculpture. Made using recycled material it will illuminate the effect of WW1 on the local community as a part of 'Stourhead will never forget', an exciting Heritage Lottery Funded project.
Friday 7, 14, 21 and 28 August, 11am-3pm
Get outdoors and closer to nature with great activities for the whole family. You can build a den, create wild art and, make a mud pie and become a nature detective - there's something for everyone. There will also be exciting workshops at 11am and 1pm on building a woodland camp and surviving the forest at night.
Climb a tree
Friday 7, 14, 21 and 28 August, 11am-1pm
If you've got a head for heights join our tree climbing team at Forest Fridays. We'll be revealing the fascinating secrets behind caring for the tallest of our trees, and they'll even help you scale a tree and get right up into it's canopy. Normal admission applies plus £5 per climb.
Bring your dog
After 4pm from 1 March - 31 October dogs are welcome in the landscape garden on short fixed leads. We simply ask that you clear up after your dog and use any of the bins provided.
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