7 Jul–2 Sept, 11am–5pm, property admission only. This delightful exhibition celebrates the 50th anniversary of one of our best-loved children’s books, ‘The Tiger Who Came to Tea’. Alongside these illustrations you’ll find artworks from other Judith Kerr classics including the Mog stories, plus film footage about the author’s fascinating life. Children can ‘take tea’ with a 5ft cuddly tiger in Mottisfont’s pop-up kitchen, and outside, there’s an interactive trail. Supported by Seven Stories the National Centre for Children’s Books, and HarperCollins Children’s Books.
Our gardens are filled a kaleidoscope of colours in summer. Dusky scented rose blooms spill out onto Hinton Ampner’s lawns. Geraniums, asters, fragrant lilies and phlox pack Mottisfont’s huge herbaceous borders, whilst at The Vyne you’ll discover magnificent dahlia displays, in creams and yellows, vibrant oranges and hot pinks.
Over 90 varieties of rose burst in bloom between June and August at Hinton Ampner. A highly scented collection, many are repeat flowering, giving delicious fragrance and colour well into August: Look out for 100 ‘A Whiter Shade of Pale’ roses near the pond - Head Gardener John Wood's favourite.
Our Hampshire landscapes are dotted with picturesque walking routes, from gentle strolls along crystal-clear chalk streams to butterfly trails in sun-dappled woodland. Take in the pretty village at Mottisfont, and the veteran trees in Hinton's parkland, or stride out over the wild plains of the New Forest. Wonderful landscapes for summer days out.
This year we’ve got a great line-up of summer theatre, set against some of Hampshire’s most beautiful backdrops. Our selection of ‘classics’ include Oscar Wilde’s The Importance of Being Ernest at Mottisfont, and Shakespeare’s The Tempest at The Vyne. For children there’s Doctor Dolittle at Hinton Ampner, plus much more. There’s live music too, with vintage jazz. Just bring a picnic for 100% relaxation. Bliss…..
Meet The Tiger Who Came to Tea at Mottisfont, or help Sherlock Holmes solve a mystery at Hinton Ampner. Wherever you go in Hampshire this summer you’ll find fun stuff for the kids, from adventure trails at Uppark and The Vyne to mud pie-making in the New Forest (2&16 Aug). And don’t forget to sponsor a racing duck - for Winchester City Mill’s Grand Duck Race on 25 August.
On a summer's night, under the soft darkness of a new moon, our ranger Cat Hadler sets out with a small team of volunteers to count glow worms on Stockbridge Down. Find out why glow worms love this little pocket of Hampshire countryside so much.
There’s more to the average cowpat than you might think... The dung of grazing animals is an important feature of the habitat on Stockbridge Down, as it plays host to a variety of life, including the rare hornet robberfly - a priority species on the UK Biodiversity Action Plan.
Over 30 species of butterfly thrive at Stockbridge Down - it's a wildlife oasis. A summer walk may bring you into contact with grizzled skippers, dark green fritillaries and pretty holly blues, as well as rarity the pearl-bordered fritillary. They like the diversity of wildflowers, which flourish here under ranger Cat Hadler's careful management.
Uppark’s ‘In her Shoes’ season tells the stories of five women who have shaped Uppark's extraordinary history. Among them is Emma Hamilton, who rose from obscurity as a dancer, to power and influence as Lord Nelson’s lover. Find out about Emma and other women who defied convention, through Uppark’s colourful programme of talks, demonstrations and costumes. 'In her Shoes': 5 May - 7 September, 12.30 - 4pm, property admission charge only.
Help your local National Trust places in Hampshire like Mottisfont, The Vyne or Winchester City Mill by joining your local supporter group. Some are more volunteering focused, and others enjoy social outings together like trips and tours, or lectures.