What's new this spring?
At this time of year there are plenty of signs that the garden is waking up. Daffodils inject colour across the site and ribbons of tulips create a tapestry of colour throughout the Wild Garden. In April colours of blue and white dominate the flowerbeds and vibrant green shoots of grass begin to appear. The sound of birdsong fills the air and blossom trees invite visitors to pause for a moment on a nearby bench.
There are lots of things to see and do this month
The fields and meadows will be brought to life on 8 May. Join our volunteer Alison at 11.30am to uncover historic traces of this former agricultural estate. Hear stories of the farming community who once lived and worked on the estate and see if you can spot some of the wonderful array of wildlife who now call this land their home.
This year we're giving 15 minutes of fame every Wednesday and Friday at 3pm to a carefully selected object from the collection. Our specially chosen object for April was used from c.1675 onwards. Do you know who it was used by and why? Come along and find out more.
Immerse yourself in history as one of the finest barns in England is brought to life through the power of storytelling. Largely unchanged since the 17th century, you'll hear how the Great Barn was constructed, what it was used for and how it helped to support the families who lived here.
Do you know how butter was traditionally made? How long did it take? How was it stored? Find out more at one of our Butter in the Barn sessions. Join our volunteer in the Great Barn and try your hand at the age old tradition of butter making. This fun, hands-on activity can be enjoyed by all the family
Join us for a true behind the scenes tour and find out how we get the house ready to welcome the first visitors of the day. Discover why we choose to flood certain rooms with light and leave others cloaked in more subdued shades of darkness. Understand how we balance the conservation needs and visitor experience of this listed building. A light breakfast with the house steward is included.
Booking essential £25 per person 01535 607075, maximum 10 people. This special experience runs every Wednesday in April and would make a great gift.
Take a stroll through the gardens
Download the maps and enjoy a stroll through the gardens or along the Meadow Walk. Dogs are welcome on the Meadow Walk, but only guide dogs are able to visit the gardens.
When to visit
• Open Saturdays to Wednesdays between 10.30am – 4.30pm
• Last entry 30 minutes before closing