'Unbind the Wing' at Bodnant Garden

National Trust Wales team launching 'Unbind the Wing'

Our autumn celebration of women's suffrage off to a rousing start when Bodnant Garden became the scene of protest rally. 

On Wednesday, 26 September, visitors joined staff and volunteers in a special afternoon of promenade theatre at the garden.

The garden was set dressed with banners and placards created by North Wales Embroiderers' Guild and members of the community. In a performance staged by Pigtown Theatre, scripted by North Wales writer Samatha O'Rourke, we were taken on a march through the garden to a 'rally' in front of the Pin Mill. Here, speeches from the garden's famous suffragist Laura Mclaren were read by women of Amnesty Colwyn Bay, who also talked about the work they do today defending human rights. 

In a moving finale, singers from Welsh National Opera, Conwy Coastal Voices and Bangor Community Choir led everyone in a chorus of the Suffragette Anthem, before visitors moved up to the Lily Terrace to view the commemorative willow sculpture Unbind The Wing created by artist Trevor Leat. Enjoy our video for a flavour of the day...