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Thresholds 2017

Mat Collishaw: THRESHOLDS

Visit Thresholds and encounter an exhibition like never before, stepping back in time to one of the earliest exhibitions of photography in 1839.

Black and white illustration of Mompesson House

Autumn at Mompesson House

Find out what's happening at Mompesson House this autumn including October half-term.

A view across the lake at Stourhead in autumn

Autumn getaways to Stourhead

If you’re visiting, why not stay with us for a little longer and enjoy first light, still waters and the trees reflected beautifully on the lake.

The Pantheon seen from across the lake in the winter at Stourhead, Wiltshire

A spooky Stourhead story

There's a spooky story about Stourhead... are you brave enough to read it?

A family walk amongst autumn leaves

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Upcoming events


Stonehenge and Avebury walking challenge

Fri 22 Sep 2017
An opportunity to walk in the footsteps of our ancestors in this iconic landscape, rich in archaeology, wildlife and plants. You can enjoy these wide open spaces by challenging yourself to complete all eight walks - once done you'll have walked 50km.

Scones and Songs

Sat 23 Sep 2017
Celebrate two great British traditions. We'll have sweet and savoury varieties all lovingly made by our team of bakers. Meet 'Chef', take home top tips and recipes, play the giant Scone & Spoon race, vote for your favourite and enter our...
Lacock Abbey, Fox Talbot Museum and Village

Lacock Abbey Sorcerer's Shield family trail

Sat 23 Sep 2017
Witches and wizards, do you have what it takes to join the Lacock Abbey sorcerer's shield? Before we let you into our world, you need to find out which of our four shields you belong to. Will it be Knatchbull or Talbot, Thynne or Boyle?
Lacock Abbey, Fox Talbot Museum and Village

'Fractured architecture' by Thomas Kellner

Sat 23 Sep 2017
German photo artist, Thomas Kellner, presents an exhibition of cubist photography of the seemingly dancing architecture of famous landmarks at the Fox Talbot Museum at Lacock, Britain's birthplace of photography.
Lacock Abbey, Fox Talbot Museum and Village

Mat Collishaw: Thresholds

Sat 23 Sep 2017
You can't move this year without hearing something about Virtual Reality. At Lacock this Autumn go back in time to the dawn of photography with Thresholds, a new virtual reality artwork by Mat Collishaw.

Away from Avebury: pop-up exhibition

Sat 23 Sep 2017
The exhibition 'Away from Avebury' will return to the Servants' Hall at Avebury Manor. Delve into the adventures of some of Avebury's past owners as you discover where they journeyed to.
parkrun at Killerton in autumn and winter

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From Tudor houses and hidden gardens to tors, gorges and natural piers, see what Somerset has to offer.


Home to everything from an island, ancient coasts and hidden gems to a castle and Italian palace.


Cotswold landscapes, famed gardens and grand homes dating back to the Romans, discover what Gloucestershire has to offer.