Growing the Roots of Ickworth

John with 2nd totem Ickworth

Delve into the craftsmanship behind Ickworth this autumn, and celebrate the roots of our fantastic estate.

This autumn we will be showcasing the artistry of wood - what it made, how it helped build Ickworth and what we use it for now. Today the estate and our collection are cared for by skilled conservation teams as well as a dedicated team of volunteers.

Felled Oak for Milling Timber
Oak trees Ickworth
Felled Oak for Milling Timber

Explore the world both indoors and outdoors, from our Bound to Last exhibition in the House focusing on the history of book binding to venturing outdoors and discovering the Life of an Ickworth Oak with our ranger volunteers.

Families can take part in acorn and conker collecting and become Ickworth 'Little Rangers, as well as completing an outdoor trail around the Geraldine's Walk as children are encouraged to learn all about our resident bats making their homes at Ickworth.

 

Get out and about exploring in the woodlands at Ickworth
Children climbing a tree
Get out and about exploring in the woodlands at Ickworth

During our Living history days you will be transported back in time to explore the role of the Head Forester on the estate, and how those in service cared for the wider estate. We will also be running Cooks in the Kitchen workshops where you can bake traditional autumnal 1930s recipes in the basement finishing kitchen.

Our Living History cooks create culinary in the Finishing Kitchen
Living History cooks posed in the finishing kitchen
Our Living History cooks create culinary in the Finishing Kitchen