Heritage Skills Festival

Stonemason in action at Belton House lincolnshire

Thursday 9 August 2018

Join us for an action packed day to find out more about the specialist expertise and craftsmanship involved in protecting and conserving Belton’s historic buildings, gardens, landscapes, collections and interiors.

We've an extensive range of conservation projects currently underway. So why not come and see the work we’re doing to rehabilitate the Stables, restore the Boathouse and rejuvenate the Italian Garden? Join Belton's Heritage Skills Festival for specialist tours, hear inspiring talks or try your hand at some traditional skills.

The delicate touch of a paintbrush cleaning peeling paint

Plan your day 

Enjoy a variety of free talks and tours from National Trust specialists throughout the day. Limited tickets are available for each tour, so pre-booking at the event information point in the stable yard is essential.

Saving Belton's Boathouse

Join a guided tour of the lost Wilderness Garden to discover why the 19th century structure is so significant. For family fun make your own miniature stickwork panel to take home and treasure. 

Belton's boathouse stickwork
Belton’s boathouse stickwork pre-restoration
Belton's boathouse stickwork

The project will reinstate the lost fishscale roof with 1250 hand cut slates. For the first time ever Belton's offering you the chance to make your mark on history and support the fundraising appeal by sponsoring a slate. As a sponsor, you can choose the exact location of your slate and inscribe it with a special message or dedication. 

Make your mark on Belton's history
Sponsor a slate to help save Belton's boathouse in lincolnshire
Make your mark on Belton's history

The stables project

Get a closer look at what’s going on behind the scenes of the year long stables project as we open up the entrance for you to see the progress we’re making.  

Belton's Hard Hat Tour
A hard hat in the window of Belton's stables
Belton's Hard Hat Tour

Find out more about the building’s fascinating history and some of the surprising things we’ve discovered during its rehabilitation with pop up talks in the stable yard. 

Get a feel for the traditional skills and craftsmanship involved in roof repairs. Watch conservation builders, Messengers, showcase traditional lead working and Collyweston slate skills in the stable yard.

Stonemason in action
Stonemason in action at Belton House lincolnshire
Stonemason in action

Pick up a chisel and carve your own stone plaque, for £4, with National Trust stonemasons. The Discovery Centre will also be open, offering an exciting range of family activities.

Restoration of the Italian Garden

Belton curator, David Fitzer will be leading short guided tours showcasing restoration work already completed in the Italian Garden and highlighting missing features yet to be reinstated. Specialist stonemasons will also be at work reinstating stone urns in the garden.

A historic photograph from Belton's collection of the gardens deep herbaceous borders
A historic photograph from Belton's collection of the deep herbaceous borders running through the centre of the Italian Garden
A historic photograph from Belton's collection of the gardens deep herbaceous borders