Make nature your playground and explore Berrington this August

Step away from your screens and get out into nature this summer with plenty to discover at Berrington Hall. Bring your picnic or grab a fresh ice cream from the Stables Café and join us for live music, tours, boating and so much more.

Activities in the great outdoors this summer

This month we are continuing to encourage you to enjoy the walled garden and pleasure grounds as the Georgians did.

We want you to grab a deckchair, sit back and relax as you listen to live music in the walled garden.  We are being joined by a number of groups including the String Workshop, Three Play Sax and the FB Pocket Orchestra, who will all be bringing the garden to life with their distinctive music.

You can also discover ‘Capability’ Brown’s parkland in true style with ‘Boating on the lake’. Hire a row boat and explore this sweeping 14 acre lake in an entirely new way.

Boat hire is for half an hour. £6 an adult and £3 per child, normal admission applies.

What you can discover around the grounds

Enjoy a picnic or a garden game

Grab your picnic hamper and lay out your blanket inside our garden. We have plenty of parkland and pleasure grounds to relax in. Whilst you’re enjoying a picnic why not have a go at some traditional games on the front lawn? With croquet and cricket to have a go at, this is truly a time to get out into nature.

Boy playing cricket on the front lawn at Berrington

Daily exhibitions and installations to discover

‘A Dress Fit for a King’

Daily, 11am to 4pm

Uncover the untold tale of Berrington’s extraordinary women, with a focus on Ann Bangham, the wife of Berrington’s original creator and the owner of an extraordinary dress.

Discover what it was like to be a women in this era and learn about what we know of Ann’s life and how we are using her court mantua dress to give her a three dimensional form once again. On selected days you can even see the conservators piecing this rare piece of the past back together. Why not come and discover more?

A long distance shot of the conservation room with the conservator, Mela, working on the dress

‘Eye am She’ by Lorna J Brown

Daily, 11am to 4pm

Working closely with the story of Ann Bangham and the ideas behind ‘A Dress Fit for a King’, local artist, Lorna J Brown has brought us her artwork, ‘Eye am She’. Discover how Brown has drawn on elements of eighteenth century culture, such as the ‘Secret Language of Flowers’ and the rise of a ‘celebrity culture’ in this era. See how she has combined these elements to reflect on the life that Ann led at Berrington and invites you to do the same with this thought provoking piece.

You can read more about both of these new pieces in the, ‘Art to discover’ article at the bottom of the page.

A picture of the hollyhocks that are part of the centrepiece of the bed close up

LOOK! LOOK! LOOK!

Last year, with the support of Trust New Art and the Arts Council England, internationally renowned artists, Heather and Ivan Morison brought Berrington's walled garden to life with an eighteenth century inspired Pavilion. They combined their research of Georgian fashions, culture and how the family might have used the garden as the inspiration for the ‘LOOK! LOOK! LOOK!’ pavilion.

Discover this unique installation in the walled garden by internationally renowned artists, Heather and Ivan Morison
The 'LOOK!' pavilion with th eblue sky behind it
Discover this unique installation in the walled garden by internationally renowned artists, Heather and Ivan Morison

Positioned in the centre of the walled garden, ‘LOOK!’ offers you a space in which to take in the natural surroundings and enjoy the gardens. Throughout the summer you can enjoy live music and talks inside it, which is exactly how pavilions such as these were used in the eighteenth century.

Tea-room and gift shop

Our gift shop and tea-room are the perfect way to complete your trip to Berrington. From a hot meal made with Berrington’s garden produce, to a new scarf with the latest National Trust design, there’s bound to be something that you can enjoy.

You could even pay a visit to our Second Hand Bookshop to find yourself a bargain. This would be a great way to contribute to the Walled Garden and Pleasure Ground Restoration Project too.

An original map of the designs of the grounds of berrington

Berrington’s Georgian Garden Restoration 

We're beginning a new project to conserve and restore the Walled Garden and Pleasure Grounds which are the last known masterpiece designed by Lancelot 'Capability' Brown