Dyrham Park Rework'd

Project

Work has re-started on an ambitious £10 million project to restore, revitalise and reimagine Dyrham Park.

The project, called Dyrham Park Rework'd, aims to create an engaging and meaningful journey into the 17th century while giving people more space to park, eat, shop and play. 

Work on the project had to stop during the coronavirus pandemic and some of the plans are on hold for the time being.

However, work on the basement which includes the creation of a new exhibition space in rooms never open to the public before, has now resumed. 

Revitalised house

Ultimately, the house will be zoned into themed areas with restored historic rooms, a new exhibition space, a tasting kitchen and a conservation studio.

Both main staircases have been restored, key rooms will redecorated to the original 17th century design and lighting updated throughout the house to showcase Dyrham's collections.

Georgiana Hockin, Visitor Experience Consultant, said: 'We want to make the rooms sing. We’re working to create that magic and to ignite a special connection between our visitors and this place. The results are going to be tantalising and multi-sensory, providing an immersive experience.'

Garden plans

Although currently paused, 17th-century elements are also being brought to life in the garden. One of the main areas of transformation will be that of the West Terrace with its 17th-century layout of parterre, topiary and paving creating a striking approach to the house.

However, it is hoped that work on a series of all-weather walking routes around the parkland should start in late summer.

Better facilities

Plans to create new toilets and catering at Old Lodge are also due to start in late summer.

Other elements, including a new car-park, visitor welcome building and an extension of the current restaurant are under review.

Work is being carefully planned to allow Dyrham Park to stay open throughout the period of works. When areas are out of bounds, alternative spaces will be open wherever possible and there will always be people to talk to and information in place so visitors feel part of the journey.

Senior Project Manager Tim Cambourne said: 'We're delighted that, after being on hold for the best part of a year, elements of the programme of the work have re-started and plans are progessing for other parts. As well as being able to comfortably cater for visitors, the project is allowing us to revitalise the experience for people coming to Dyrham.'

Fundraising

While much of the infrastructure work is due to be funded through a loan that will be paid back through the additional income generated through the new facilities, we need to raise funds for the work to the house.

XXXXSharon Hale, Retail and Business Development Manager, said: “For the work to the house, which includes essential conservation, we have to raise some funds. £300,000 has already been raised but we need to find a further £161,000.'

There are many ways in which you can support the project, by donation on site or online, by purchasing a raffle ticket, by sponsoring our fundraising activities or by creating your own events on our behalf.

Timeline

Please note the timeline is subject to major changes and delays in light of the coronavirus pandemic.

Latest updates

01 Oct 21

Parkland to be reinstated

Land that had been resurfaced and used for the current carpark will be turned back into parkland.

15 Jan 21

Work on the new welcome building set to start

The new welcome building to be situated in Whitefield is due to start. It will include a shop, toilets and a 'grab-and-go' coffee shop. The building is expected to be finished by the end of 2021.

15 Jan 21

Car park work to get under way

Car park work, due to last around a year, gets going.