New discoveries to make this Spring

Spring just makes us want to dance for joy © NTPL/John Millar

Spring just makes us want to dance for joy

There are all sorts of mouth-watering discoveries to make this spring. From Edwardian society secrets and Downton Abbey costumes, to contemporary artwork set in 16th-century backdrops, our properties are brimming with stories to tell.

There’s plenty to see outside too. Take a look below for our spring colour hot spots:

New...treasures at Osterley

Self-portrait by William Dobson at Osterley Park and House © NTPL/John Hammond

Self-portrait by William Dobson at Osterley Park and House

A collection of rare portraits and artworks has come home to Osterley Park and House. The major ten-year loan includes over twenty paintings including many portraits of family members.

Among the most famous artworks to return is a self-portrait by William Dobson (1611-1646), court painter to King Charles I, on public display at Osterley for the first time since 1949.

Something special at...Basildon Park

See where key scenes were filmed © NTPL/Nick Briggs/ITV/Carnival Film & Television

See where key scenes were filmed

Downton Abbey comes to Basildon Park

When you visit this elegant Georgian mansion this Spring, you can see the rooms that were featured as the Crawley family’s London residence, in the 2013 Christmas special, and two beautful costumes worn by Hollywood star Shirley MacLaine in the production.

Short introductory talks will tell you more about the filming and a new video will explain how the rooms and parts of the collection appeared on screen.

Something special at... Greys Court

Pop in for lunch or a teatime treat in our Cowshed tea-room © NTPL/Stephen Prickett

Pop in for lunch or a teatime treat in our Cowshed tea-room

New tea room at Greys Court

We've opened a new light and airy tea-room at Greys Court, in the 1930s farmyard where the Brunner family once kept a prize-winning herd of cows. The old cowshed has been attractively restored and redesigned as an atmospheric café serving delicious light meals and homemade refreshments. It is nice and close to the shop and plant sales area, so perfect to combine with a spot of browsing and retail therapy.

Something special at... Polesden Lacey

Learn Mrs. Greville's secrets © NTPL/Stephen Prickett

Learn Mrs. Greville's secrets

Inside secrets at Polesden Lacey, from 1 March

Mrs Greville was Polesden Lacey’s illustrious owner, who once boasted that she’d had 3 kings sitting on her bed. Visit her spectacular private apartment, with a display on how these intimate rooms have changed over the years and new findings about their owner.

Something special at... Ham House and Ga...

Titian’s Ghosts by Royal Academician artist Stephen Farthing © NTPL/Stephen Farthing

Titian’s Ghosts by Royal Academician artist Stephen Farthing

Contemporary paintings at Ham House and Garden, 8 March to 2 November

There's a new 3-year conservation project on the ten significant paintings from the The Great Staircase at Ham House and Garden, funded by us and the Wolfson Foundation. With some of the pictures away for conservation, the empty frames have attracted the interest of Stephen Farthing. He's created three intriguing new canvases entitled Titian’s Ghosts for temporary display in their place.

Something special at... Mottisfont

A portrait of Mick Jagger’s wedding by Patrick Lichfield © NTPL/Patrick Lichfield

A portrait of Mick Jagger’s wedding by Patrick Lichfield

Lichfield: a Life through the Lens at Mottisfont 8 February to 21 April

Mottisfont unveils the biggest display ever mounted of portraits by celebrated Royal photographer Patrick Lichfield, featuring over 50 large portraits. From a dishevelled Tommy Cooper to Princess Diana and her bridesmaids, from star-spangled pop legend Brian Ferry to the Queen dancing a reel, this exhibition captures the extraordinary talent of one of Britain’s most successful and loved photographers.

Something special from Sandham Memorial ...

Tea in the Hospital Ward by Stanley Spencer (1891- 1959) © NTPL/National Trust Images/John Hammond

Tea in the Hospital Ward by Stanley Spencer (1891- 1959)

Heaven in a Hell of War, until 15 June

Stanley Spencer’s poignant depictions of life during the First World War have left their permanent home, the Sandham Memorial Chapel in Hampshire, for a UK tour. The celebrated large-scale panels, painted from Spencer’s own wartime experiences, depict domestic rather than combative scenes, such as inspecting kit and sorting laundry. On show at Pallant House Gallery in Chichester until 15 June.

New... viewing platform at lighthouse

Caring for the past © NTPL/David Lewing

Caring for the past

A new visitor viewing platform opens on 4 April as part of our biggest ever conservation project at South Foreland Lighthouse. While we are repainting the lighthouse, you will be able to put on a hard hat and go out onto the scaffolding, climbing higher than even before to the very top of the lighthouse.

Join us at one of our Spring events © Upton House

Join us at one of our Spring events

Spring events

Come along and try something new this Spring with one of our special events. Choose from exhibitions, candlelit tours, wildlife walks, lectures, theatre performances and workshops. We'd love to see you at an event soon.