CB300 month at Prior Park

2016 marks the 300th anniversary of the birth of Lancelot ‘Capability’ Brown, a designer who changed the national landscape and created a style which has shaped people’s picture of the quintessential English countryside. Join the celebrations throughout June at Prior Park.

Cows in the pasture

Mystery surrounds the involvement of Capability Brown at Prior Park. A sum of £60 was still owed to him at the time of Ralph Allen’s death, though it is not clear what this fee covered. His influence on the garden is clear though, with rolling hills, the serpentine lake and typical garden features such as the gothic temple and lakes. 

As part of the nationwide celebrations throughout the year, we'll be marking the occassion with events throughout June. 

Poetry and writing workshops

Do you ever wonder how writers get their inspiration from nature and place? Join writer Alice Maddicott to explore the secrets the garden at Prior Park holds - to search for hidden beauty and inspiration from the miniature to the grand in scale, to test out ideas and create your own work based on these wonderful surroundings. Celebrate CB300 through poetry, prose, nature writing, word sketches, text experimentation! All levels welcome. There is a morning workshop for families, and an afternoon workshop for adults.

  • Sun 19 June – families 10am-12pm, £10 adult, £7 child
  • Adult session for ages 15+, 1-4pm, £20. Booking advised

Painting classes

Local artist Richard Grinter, who is well known for his oil paintings of Bath will be holding four painting classes. Under guidance from Richard, ticket holders to these classes will learn the joy of painting ‘en plein air’ in the surroundings of the garden with whatever medium they choose. All materials, including canvases and a range of paints are provided in these classes. If your painting isn't dry on the day, Richard will arrange to send your picture on to you at a later date. 

  • Painting classes – Wed 1, Tue 7, Sat 11, Sun 26 Jun, 10:30-3:30pm. Booking essential

Walk and talk

The Prior Park gardeners will be hosting ‘walks and talks’, a chance to go deeper into the landscape of Prior Park, and discover the wider influence of Capability Brown on garden history.

  • Walk and talk with the gardeners – Fri 3 June 2pm,  Fri 17 June 11am

Tea with the head gardener

After 20 years at Prior Park, our head gardener, Matthew Ward is retiring. Don't miss this last chance to hear stories of the restoration of Prior Park and what it takes to care for the garden. 

  • Tea with the head gardener - Wed 8 June 11am, Wed 22 June 2pm

There will be a self led CB300 trail for children and families, available from visitor reception throughout June for £1.

See the event listings below to book online, or call our booking office on 0844 249 1895 .


Upcoming events

Garden tours

Tue 25 Sep 2018
11:30-13:00
Wander through historic Prior Park on this free and informative guided tour.

Wildlife walks

Wed 26 Sep 2018
09:00-11:00
A special opportunity to see the garden in the early morning tranquility on this series of walks, exploring nature through the season.

Halloween trail

Sat 27 Oct 2018
10:00-16:30
A coven of witches have spread some Halloween potions around the garden. Can you follow the trail to claim a prize?

Walk with the head gardener

Sun 18 Nov 2018
09:00-11:00
Head gardener Alice will be exploring the garden and it's history, and looking at plans for the future, finishing with morning refreshments in the tea garden.

Christmas trail

Sat 01 Dec 2018
10:00-15:00
This festive season there's a landscape-wide advert calendar to discover at Prior Park