Visiting Lodge Park

Lodge Park, Glocestershire

Nestled in the Cotswold countryside, surrounded by Bridgeman parkland, Lodge Park is a tiny gem waiting for you to explore. Discover the history of this special grandstand, then wander the surrounding Deer Park.

The grandstand

Lodge Park is England’s only surviving and probably most opulent 17th-century grandstand. Created in 1634 by John ‘Crump’ Dutton, Lodge Park indulged his passion for gambling, banqueting and entertaining.
 
The building has been modified many times over the years and questions still remain about who the remodels can be attributed to. Explore this fascinating building and soak up its rich history.
 
Lodge Park houses the best of the Sherborne collection, inherited from Lord Sherborne in 1982, highlights include Kent furniture and family portraits.
 
 

The deer park

There was already a park here when Crump inherited the estate in 1618, but he soon set about enclosing it. A warrant signed by Oliver Cromwell in 1655 allowed him to take bucks and roes from Wychwood Forest to fill this new park. The gentry used to hold brutish deer coursing events here with the grandstand at the centre. Learn more about the history by paying a visit to Lodge Park. 

 
If you're lucky you will now see deer running wild in the countryside surrounding Lodge Park.
 

Bridgeman landscape

In 1726, renowned landscape designer Charles Bridgeman redesigned the parkland at Lodge Park. Although very little of his planting remains today, his designs are still largely intact. In fact, this is the only surviving Bridgeman landscape not to have been overlaid by the better-remembered designers William Kent and Capability Brown.
 
Follow the footpaths to the rear of Lodge Park and take in the stunning landscape.
Soak up the Cotswold countryside air
Lodge Park and Sherborne Estate, Gloucestershire
Soak up the Cotswold countryside air

50 things to do before you're 11 ¾

 
There's so much outdoor space at Lodge Park for you to explore. Why not tick off a few of the 50 things list while you're with us?
 
Here are the ones you can do here:
 
  • Run around in the rain
  • Make a trail with sticks
  • Go on a walk barefoot
  • Make a grass trumpet
  • Make a home for a wild animal
  • Go birdwatching
  • Find your way with a map and compass
  • Make a mud pie
  • Make a daisy chain
  • Create some wild art
  • Set up a snail race
  • Pick blackberries growing in the wild
There's so much space to explore on the Sherborne Park Estate
Den building at Sherborne Park Estate
There's so much space to explore on the Sherborne Park Estate
 

Groups and tours

If you'd like to bring a group to Lodge Park please call 01451 844130 or email us.
 
Sherborne is an open estate; groups of walkers are welcome, but please observe the countryside code.
 

 

 
Enjoying an afternoon tea in the Great Room of Lodge Park

Nature talk and tea

Want to learn more about nature and wildlife? Find out about our 'Nature talk and tea' series.