Take a 'LOOK!' at what's happening this June

From live music, to talks about the secrets of Berrington’s past there’s plenty on in June. Why not have a look and see if any of our new exhibitions, events or general activities takes your fancy?

What we have on this June

‘A Dress Fit for a King’

Daily, 11am to 4pm

Discover the first floor of Berrington with our new exhibition, ‘A Dress Fit for a King’. This will bring you a piece of Berrington's history as we bring you a new exhibition which focus on the life of Ann Bangham, wife of Thomas Harley, here at Berrington. This exhibition features elements of an original eighteenth-century, cort mantua dress that may have belonged to Ann and been worn at Berrington. Why not come and discover more inside the mansion.

See for yourself the delicate stitch work on the dress
Ann Bangham's silk dress with the notes of the conservator behind it
See for yourself the delicate stitch work 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 bring us her new artwork, ‘Eye am She’. Learn to think about the life of Ann and the Georgians culture in an entirely new way.

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

See Lorna's piece on the first floor of the mansion
The installation by Lorna Brown with the eyes hanging down from the ceiling and the bed covered in flower
See Lorna's piece on the first floor of the mansion

What’s on throughout June

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.

Have a go at some traditional games at Berrington
Young boys legs in the shot as he plays croquet on the lawn
Have a go at some traditional games at Berrington

Live music, tours and events

This month we are continuing to encourage you to enjoy the walled garden and pleasure grounds as the Georgians did. To do this we are being joined by live musicians to perform a range of musical styles. This includes the Three Play Sax to perform their jazz music and the Fb Orchestra to bring us the sounds of the past.

We also have our ‘Women of the eighteenth-century’ talks. These will connect to both ‘A Dress Fit for a King’ and ‘Eye am She’ by Lorna Brown and tell you tales of the women here at Berrington in the eighteenth-century.

We will also be joined by a series of Morris Dancers for the day to show us some dances of the past. Enjoy Berrington's gardens as Jenny Pipes Women's Morris Dancers and other Morris Dancer groups hold a 'Day of Dance' to celebrate 30 years of dancing in the community.

Discover something new
Two young girls exploring a mansion
Discover something new

Half-term

Saturday 26 May to Sunday 3 June

During half-term we will be joined by both The Surgical Spirits and the FB Pocket Orchestra. As well as this, you can have the chance to see if you are able to talk on the life of a true explorer on our ‘Gulliver’s travels trail’. With the promise of a prize at the end, why not come and give it a go?

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 creation. They combined the history of eighteenth century fashions, and used research of how the family might have used the garden. It is also a space for you to connect with Berrington's garden and learn about how we want to raise funds to restore neglected parts of the garden back to their Georgian origins. Recent research and archaeological studies have indicated and confirmed that Berrington's Walled Garden and Pleasure Grounds are highly significant. This is because they were designed and created by 'England's greatest gardener' Lancelot 'Capability' Brown. Go on take a look!

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