Bored of the same old?

Pastimes exhibition running until the end of April

The new exhibition ‘Pastimes’ lets you discover some of the Parker families favourite hobbies and unusual pastimes. You can even try a couple for yourself.

In the house

The exhibition features the renowned artist Joshua Reynolds who enjoyed a visit to Saltram in 1774. Theresa, wife of John Parker II, 1st Lord Boringdon, writes that Reynolds was in ‘good humour and spirits’ and played ‘vinght et un’, that you may know as blackjack’, ‘21’ or pontoon with her husband. Pastimes also features photography, reading and some other unusual hobbies such as a seaweed collection.

The renowned artist Joshua Reynolds once played '21' with the Parkers in 1774
playing cards on a table

Discover together

The ‘Hobby hunt trail’ lets you explore the exhibition as a family and even extends into the garden. Find some of the Parker families favourite hobbies out in the rooms for you to try together yourselves. Pick up a trail from the Welcome Centre and keep your eye out for plenty of activities in the school holidays.

Pick up a 'Hobby hunt trail' from the Welcome Centre
The 'Pastimes' family trail


Green fingered?

Gardening is still a well-loved hobby today and this time of year is the best time to get your garden in order, or to start planting from scratch. The Head Gardener Nick Allison talks through his top tips in the video below, and there's plenty of garden inspiration to be had in the garden at Saltram. Pastimes runs until the end of April.

The Pastimes exhibition runs until the end of April.