Volunteer at Bradley

The Old Kitchen looking towards the fireplace, at Bradley Manor, a medieval house at Newton Abbot, Devon

Volunteering at Bradley is a great way to learn new skills and meet new people. Becoming a Room Guide gives you the opportunity to spend time in this house filled with history, meet and socialise with like-minded people, and learn something new every day.

Room guiding

Room Guiding is the core volunteer role at Bradley, and brings the house to life. The donor family still live at Bradley, and they take great care of the volunteers; every day ends with tea and cake in front of the fire. It is this social element that sets volunteering at Bradley apart and provides a wonderful chance to make new friends. We asked Sandy, a Room Guide who has been volunteering for 11 years, to tell us about her experience: 

" It is a lovely relaxing place to volunteer, but wear plenty of layers, because the 13th century walls and ancient windows are very unforgiving. What makes it even more special is that the resident donor family are very much 'hands on' and engaged with their volunteers, so there are often gales of laughter ringing down the corridors as well as the wind!"
- Sandy Howard, Bradley volunteer

Wrap up warm

It does get chilly in Bradley, but the open fire and plentiful cups of tea help to keep the chill at bay. If you're worried that you'd get too cold volunteering at Bradley, why not get in touch to arrange a taster session and see how you get on? 

" It is so hidden away from the everyday hustle and bustle that the noise of traffic from the busy Totnes to Newton Abbot road miraculously disappears once you enter the garden of this little historical time capsule."
- Sandy Howard, Bradley volunteer

Family volunteering

There are different ways to get the whole family involved at Bradley, including group bug hunts and local volunteering celebrations. Most recently, we hosted a family splash about day, where families were encouraged to volunteer together by jumping in and helping to repair the medieval leat alongside our rangers. They also got the chance to complete some of the 50 things to do before you’re 11¾ activities, such as bird watching and making grass trumpets.

Get in touch to find out more about volunteering at Bradley.