A bridge of tales: Clumber Park’s new chapter

Clumber Park's Ornamental Bridge

To celebrate the restoration of Clumber Park’s Ornamental Bridge, we’re inviting you to get creative and take part in our writing competition.

Clumber Park may be closed, but our writing competition is still open for entries. With most of us staying at home, it's the perfect opportunity for all ages to think about your favourite trips to the park; what did you enjoy most? Riding a bike? Playing hide and seek, or a picnic by the lake? What was the weather doing?

Inspired by the story of the bridge, the beauty of our landscape and the personal connections we have to Clumber Park, our writing competition is open to all ages and abilities, with a 500-word limit.

What can I submit?  

Stories can be factual, fictional, songs or poetry – let your imagination run wild! Our only rules are your entry must make reference to the Ornamental Bridge and be 500 words, or less. Entries can be in text format or recorded.

As we are currently unable to accept physical copies of your entry, please send them via email to yourclumber@nationaltrust.org.uk

The categories

We have five age categories:

•    Young children - 5 years – 9 years
•    Juniors - 10 years – 13 years
•    Teenager - 14 years – 17 years
•    Young Adult - 18 years – 25 years
•    Adult - 26+ years

The winners

Competition winners will have their work published in Made In magazine and receive a framed copy of the publication.

Please ensure you submit your contact details with your entry (telephone number and email address), as well as which category you are entering.

Restoration work is underway on Clumber Park's Ornamental Bridge
Clumber Park's Ornamental Bridge featuring floating pontoon
Restoration work is underway on Clumber Park's Ornamental Bridge

How to enter

Entries can be submitted by emailing them to yourclumber@nationaltrust.org.uk

Please note, recorded entries must stick to the 500-word limit.

There is currently no deadline for submissions, so please take your time. We will revise the deadline later in the year.

In a nutshell…

Anything goes – fact, fiction, song or poetry, we welcome it all!
Accepted formats – typed or recorded entries can be submitted to yourclumber@nationaltrust.org.uk
Don’t forget! – Include your age, so your entry is submitted to the right category.

By submitting an entry, you are agreeing to the National Trust and Clumber Park publishing your work in full or in part, for future promotional projects.

Any questions? 

Please email gemma.hyland@nationaltrust.org.uk