Stories of the seasons: from wassail to harvest

Expert storyteller Anthony Nanson tells a set of heart-warming tales evoking the seasonal cycle of life on the land, from wassail and Plough Monday to midsummer’s night, hay time, and harvest.

  • Booking not needed
  • Free event (admission applies)

Anthony lectures in creative writing at Bath Spa University and his books include Gloucestershire Folk Tales and Gloucestershire Ghost Tales. He will be performing in the beautiful setting of the orchard in the gardens, so please bring a blanket to sit on. If the weather is poor, the performances will take place indoors.


Event ticket prices
This event is free, but normal admission charges apply for the venue.
View admission charges
Dyrham Park


Whole property
Gift Aid Standard
Adult £15.00 £13.50
Child £7.50 £6.75
Family £37.50 £33.75
Group Adult
Minimum group size 15
N/A £12.70
Group Child
Minimum group size 15
N/A £6.30

What is Gift Aid?

Most of our places run the Gift Aid on Entry scheme at their admission points.

Under this scheme, if you're not a member you have the choice of two entry tickets:

  • Gift Aid Admission
  • Standard Admission

If the place runs Gift Aid on Entry, we'll offer you a clear choice between the Gift Aid Admission prices and the Standard Admission prices at the admission point. It's entirely up to you which ticket you choose.

Gift Aid Admission includes a 10 per cent or more voluntary donation. Gift Aid Admissions let us reclaim tax on the whole amount paid - an extra 25 per cent - potentially a very significant boost to our places' funds.

An extra £1 paid under the scheme can be worth over £3 to the National Trust as shown below:

  Gift Aid Standard
Amount paid by visitor £11.00 £10.00
Tax refund from Government* £2.75 £0.00
Total received by the National Trust £13.75 £10.00


*Gift Aid Admissions let us reclaim tax on the whole amount paid - an extra 25 per cent - potentially a very significant boost to our places' funds.

Please note...

Please note that there is now a single entry fee for Dyrham Park that covers entry to the park, garden, house, tea-room and shop. Free entry to National Trust members.

The basics

Suitable for adults and children aged 10 and over.
Assistance dogs are welcome.
Meeting point
In the orchard.
What to bring and wear
Please bring a blanket to sit on.
The garden is uneven in places and seating is on the ground.


Event opening times and availability
Day Times Availability
28 September 2019 11:00 - 11:45 Available
12:00 - 12:45 Available
13:00 - 13:45 Available

Contact Info

Elizabeth Marshall
Call 01179371333

Upcoming events

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Join our experienced ranger guides on a free tour of the park and discover the beauty and history of this living landscape.

Fruits, seeds and coloured leaves: autumn garden tour

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Join a garden guide for a guided walk around the West garden and enjoy the autumn colour.

Toddler trails on a Tuesday

Tue 17 Sep 2019
For some fresh air and family fun, join one of our trails designed for toddlers; learn about shape, colour and numbers while exploring nature.

Hidden water walk

Tue 17 Sep 2019
Join a guide for a special tour from the natural springs to hidden water chambers in the hillside to the mysterious underground well and stone structure by the lake to track the 'curious water works' of Dyrham Park.

A historic walk through Dyrham village

Mon 23 Sep 2019
Join us for a guided walk around the village of Dyrham for a taste of 17th century village life. Explore the history of significant houses, this beautiful Cotswolds area & the village links with Dyrham Park and the old estate.

I leave this place to you... for ever, for everyone

Fri 27 Sep 2019
Be inspired, take a behind the scenes tour and discover how you could do something amazing by considering a gift in your will to help look after the place you love for generations.