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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 designed 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.

Easter weekend - Easter Egg Trails

2014 Cadbury Easter Egg Trail Logo

Easter weekend, Good Friday to Easter Monday inclusive 11am-4pm.

Collect your Eggsplorer guide and trail from the marquee in the courtyard then take Kitty's walk looking for the empty picture frames. Draw what you see through them and claim your Cadbury chocolate Egghead prize.

Child £2; normal admission charges apply. For more information: phone us on 01295 670266 or email

Shell and the Art of Advertising

A 1930s Shell poster from the People Prefer ...  series

A 1930s Shell poster from the People Prefer ... series

Exhibition opens 18 April

Under the chairmanship of Viscount Bearsted, Upton's owner, Shell Oil engaged contemporary artists such as Graham Sutherland and John Piper in the 1930s to create some of the most distinctive advertising material of the century – especially posters. Come and see original examples of their work and gain a fascinating insight into Viscount Bearsted, both as a businessman and philanthropist.

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