Things to see & do

What will you do on your visit?

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School holidays - when you arrive

Collect a games basket from reception for the children © Mike Perry

Collect a games basket from reception for the children

At reception pick up

  • the family welcome leaflet
  • a 1930s House Party game basket
  • free '50 things' activity book

and ask about geocaching.

School holidays - house and exhibition

Children can draw or dress up on the exhibition balcony © Mike Perry

Children can draw or dress up on the exhibition balcony

  • Play games in the inglenook
  • Dress up in the Maid's Room
  • Follow the treasure box trails
  • Spot the shells
  • Dress up and draw on the exhibition balcony.

School holidays - in the gardens

Children can enjoy boxes of games in the gardens © Mike Perry

Children can enjoy boxes of games in the gardens

  • Find the games basket near the Sunken Lawn
  • Do some of your '50 things'
  • Spot wildlife
  • Try geocaching.

School holidays - Shop and Plant Centre

Children learning chess in the courtyard at Upton © Mike Perry

Children learning chess in the courtyard at Upton

  • Play open-air chess
  • Check out the shop for ice cream, toys and games.

School holidays - in the restaurant

Enjoy eating outside at Upton’s Pavilion restaurant © John Wright

Enjoy eating outside at Upton’s Pavilion restaurant

  • Find the chalk board and colouring sheets
  • Eat yummy children’s meals while the grown ups take a breather.

School holidays - every thursday

’50 Things’ © John Wright

’50 Things’

  • In the Old Kitchen, 1-4pm, '50 things' adventures drop in sessions.
  • Dive into the world of mini beasts, making your very own bug hotel for your garden,
  • Plant your own herb pot to take home
  • Create your own natural art work.

And don't forget the Millionaire's House Party event on 2 and 3 August; music dancing and more

The house

Viscount Bearsted acquired Upton in 1927 for entertaining and to house his important collections of art and porcelain.

He extended the 17th century building at either end and completely re-modelled, every room.

The gardens

Bring a book or a picnic; the gardens have something for everyone.

Under the energetic guidance of Lady Bearsted in the 1930s, the grounds you see today were landscaped by one of the country's first female garden designers.

2014 exhibition

Viscount Bearsted's father founded the Shell oil company. 

Shell  encouraged contemporary artists in the 1930s to design its advertising materials. The exhibition features original artwork, some unpublished as in this example, and tells you more about Viscount Bearsted, the man, his fortune and his generosity.

For families

See all that Upton has to offer including events and games for big kids and little ones, especially during school holidays.

Events at Upton

Join in a half term trail in the house or garden, or maybe a cooking club whets the appetite?

For groups

Whether your group has a special interest in an aspect of the house and gardens or you just want a place to visit together, Upton can help you get the most out of your visit. 

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