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Join the guests of Lord and Lady Bearsted for a weekend in the country and discover more about the life of a 1930s millionaire
Discover how the family made their fortune in the Squash Court Gallery exhibition Shell and the Art of Advertising.
Stepping inside the house you'll find yourself surrounded by Lord Bearsted’s internationally important art and porcelain collections, with works by artists such as Canaletto, Stubbs and Hogarth. Delve deeper and you’ll discover what life was like at Upton in 1938 – read about Lord Bearsted’s passion for art as well as his support for the local community and Jewish causes in Europe.
Lady Bearsted was passionate about developing the gardens with designer Kitty Lloyd Jones. The sweeping lawn gives way to a series of terraces and herbaceous borders leading to a mirror pool. There is a kitchen garden, a tranquil bog garden, spring bulb displays and National Collection of Aster, flowering in late September.
Exhibition throughout 2014
Under the chairmanship of Lord Bearsted, Upton's owner, Shell engaged contemporary artists such as Graham Sutherland and John Piper to create some of the most distinctive advertising material of the century. Come and see original art work and gain a fascinating insight into Lord Bearsted, both as a businessman and philanthropist.
15 & 16 November - share your memories of wartime Warwickshire. Come along and contribute to our local research in preparation for the house re-presentation in 2015 as we show visitors what Upton's wartime experience was like. Come and see a range of exhibits we have now amassed and join in the effort to recreate a secret side to the house's history.
A date for your diary!
Upton's regular festive fair, with 30 stall you're sure to find the perfect presents for your family and friends this Christmas. Mulled wine and music will help get you in the mood, as well as the first chance to see the house beautifully decorated. Children will love to visit Father Christmas in the house. (£4) Open 11-4pm, house open 12noon.