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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.

What's on today at Upton?

Check the blackboard next to the shop and Plant Centre when you arrive.

Maybe a guided tour of the garden, or a talk on the house or its collections of porcelain and art? Perhaps a steer from the head gardener about what to look out for that day. Every day is different, make sure you don't miss out..

Volunteering open day at Upton

Saturday and Sunday

27 & 28 September, 11-4pm

Our team of volunteers love meeting people, sharing stories and most of all having fun. Come and join us for a chat and cuppa to find out more about the exciting new plans at Upton and how you can be part of it – we look forward to welcoming you!

Shell and the Art of Advertising

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.

What's the latest?

What's happening at Upton?

What's going on behind the scenes?

Upton's full time staff are helped by over 200 volunteers. They all have an insight into life at Upton.  See what's occupying them at the moment.

Rain or shine, Upton is a great day out