Autumn at Anglesey Abbey
As the tones of green fade in to shades of copper and red, join us at Anglesey Abbey to discover a unique House bought by the Fairhaven brothers in 1926; 114 acres of magnificent gardens, a working water mill and and a wildlife adventure playground all within a few miles of the historic city of Cambridge.
Conserving and Preserving
Saturday 6 October - Sunday 25 November | Daily
What does it take to care for Anglesey Abbey? Get involved and explore the conservation work that takes place in the house, gardens and mill to keep Anglesey Abbey going for future generations. Discover how we've conserved the mill wheel to keep it turning for another 150 years. Uncover what our Garden Team do to help create next year's stunning displays and meet our Conservation Team in the house unlocking the secrets of how we care for Lord Fairhaven's stunning collection.
Explore the Gardens
With tree lined avenues and carefully planned vistas, the gardens look spectacular throughout the autumn months. Why not join one of the seasonal garden tours to learn about the history of the garden? Or maybe an Autumnal garden tour, and uncover the rich, autumnal planting throughout the gardens.
Seasonal garden tours run on weekdays at 11.30 and 1.30, tickets are available from Visitor Reception on a first come, first served basis. Normal admission applies.
Autumnal garden tours must be prebooked, find out how here.To book an Autumnal garden tour, please contact Visitor Reception on 01223 810080.
Putting the statue collection to bed
Have you ever thought about what might happen if a statue succumbs to a harsh frost? Our dedicated team of statue cleaners will be out and about throughout the garden putting Lord Fairhaven's varied statue collection to bed for the winter season ahead. Protecting them from possible damage, each statue is covered with a protective cover until the springtime, when they will be uncovered. Keep an eye out, and stop by and have a chat, our friendly team enjoy sharing their part of keeping the collection here for the future.
Discover the House
The house is open daily, 11 - 5 (Last entry at 4).
Did you know that your membership is helping to look after Lord Fairhaven's fascinating house and collection? Or that every purchase made in the shop, and every scone nibbled in Redwoods Restaurant helps to fund vital conservation work to ensure that what he bestowed to the nation is here for future generations to enjoy? Throughout autumn, join us to celebrate the conservation work that the team does on a daily basis, and shining a light on the agents of deterioration that pose a threat to the collection.
Find out more about the man whose legacy we celebrate with our First Foot Fairhaven tour. Our friendly and knowledgeable guides will show you round the house on this special early bird tour, revealing the story behind Lord Fairhaven, son of an oil heiress who went on to possess the second largest collection of paintings of Windsor Castle.
The First Foot Fairhaven tour runs daily at 10.15. Find out more here.
Uncover Lode Mill's history
Open Tuesday - Sunday, 10.30 - 3.30 (Daily in half term)
Lode Mill was purchased by Lord Fairhaven in 1934, eight years after the Fairhaven brothers acquired the estate. After restoration work undertaken by the Cambridgeshire Wind and Watermill Society was completed in 1982, it has been milling corn ever since.
This autumn, essential work to the mill wheel and float will take place, a major conservation project necessary to ensure that the wheel keeps turning for the future. The mill will still be open, and visitors are welcome to watch and discuss the work with our friendly mill team, a rare opportunity to see such work carried out. The works will unfortunately mean that we are unable to mill, but locally milled flour from Houghton is available in the shop until we are back up and running.
Get closer to nature in Hoe Fen
Autumn brings many new aspects of nature, and Hoe Fen Wildlife Discovery Area is the perfect place to discover it. Our bird watching hide hosts a tranquil environment to sit and spot the birds calling Anglesey Abbey home, whilst the Discovery Cabin is ideal for a spot of wild art, or mini beast hunting. Why not get the whole family involved, and build a den in the Den Building area?
To help you connect everything Anglesey Abbey and the East of England region has to offer, we've kicked off an autumn challenge! With four themes over as many weeks, we're inviting you to join us on a quest to find the unique characteristics hidden within our places, and share them with us on social media.
Simply follow the hashtag #NTautumnchallenge on Twitter and Instagram.