Join a member of the Warwickshire Bat Group on one of our walks. Explore the grounds at dusk to learn all about some of our resident bats and using the detecting equipment provided hopefully spot some for yourself.
We've partnered with local wildlife charities to create a series of exciting activities for all the family this summer. There will be pop-up stands, nature trails and a chance to learn all about badgers, bees, hedgehogs and more.
Join Illyria this summer for their brand new musical performance of this gripping tale in the beautiful gardens of Packwood. Brilliant young student Viktor Frankenstein discovers how to endow dead organic matter with life itself.
Take a step back in time with Chapterhouse Theatre Company to meet Elizabeth Bennet, Jane Austen’s notorious heroine. When Elizabeth meets the terse and abrupt Mr. Darcy, she loathes him at first sight. But is there more to him than meets the eye?
Join Heartbreak Productions for this iconic tale of a timeless love affair between two restless souls as wild and untamed as the bleak Yorkshire moors. Pack a chair or blanket, a picnic and dress for the weather as this stormy narrative unfolds.
On your visit around the house you may meet our artist in residence in the Dryden Sitting Room. Jenny Major creates beautiful botanical watercolours, many of which are based on specimens from Canons Ashby's garden.
Elinor Dashwood has a lot of good Sense. Her sister Marianne Dashwood has an excess of Sensibility. Together they make a snappy title for Jane Austen’s classic novel of scandals, scoundrels and severely sprained ankles.
Take a peek inside one of Croome's eye-catchers, usually closed to the public. With fantastic panoramic views of Worcester from the top of the tower you'll understand why it was chosen as a viewing platform designed by James Wyatt. FREE,...
Join our ranger for a 5-mile ramble finding out about the work carried out across the Clent Hills to conserve and protect the landscape.
The terrain can be steep and muddy so come dressed for the weather and wearing sturdy walking boots.
Discover the beauty and history of the Clent Hills with a 5-mile guided ramble led by one of our knowledgeable guides.
The terrain can be steep at times; please wear sturdy walking shoes and come dressed for the weather. Sorry, we can’t welcome...
Put yourself to the test this summer with a leg-stretching 10 mile walk around Clent and beyond, led by our experienced guides.
The terrain can be steep at times; please wear sturdy walking shoes and come dressed for the weather. You will need...
Long, lazy summer days are perfect for picnics, games and adventures in the great outdoors. Nature has been a busy bee, filling the gardens with lots of beautiful colour, from every-shade-of-green leaves to beautiful butterflies and wildflowers.
Whether you have just started running or are an experienced runner, trail running allows you to enjoy the great outdoors. This trail race series is organised by Gold Swan Events with Stowe providing the backdrop.
Join our wild team for outdoors fun in the sun (fingers crossed!) as we go about ticking off as many ‘50 things to do before you’re 11¾’ challenges as we can this summer. Drop in for different nature-based activities each week around the gardens.
Join our party as we celebrate the thirtieth anniversary of National Trust ownership at Stowe. Morris dancers, bell ringers, cake, events at the Gothic Temple and Sevy's archaeology finds with lots of bunting!
Venture back to Roman Britain with our costumed interpreter to meet Censorinus, the 4th Century villa owner. He will be on site all day, and will lead a special guided tour around his humble abode at 2pm.
Join the ranger on a walk through Brockhampton's orchards. See established orchards and hear about the Reimagining Orchards project. Discover our plans to replant and expand the orchards at Brockhampton.
Join us in the wonderful surroundings here at Wightwick to build on what you already know and see what you can do with your photography.
Tutored Sessions for beginners and intermediate level photographers.
Join Mr Magnolia on his wacky adventures, filled with Folksy Theatre's bold characters, live music, puppetry and audience interaction, it's a day out not to be missed! Based on the book by Quentin Blake.
Enjoy Shakespeare in Shakespeare-era surroundings! This costumed outdoor performance of the comedy 'Taming of the Shrew' is just 60 minutes long and cuts straight to the heart of the power-play between men and women.
This one day workshop will focus on the traditional techniques of turning a bowl from green wood using a pole lathe. Students will be shown how to select and split the wood and then process it using an axe.
Brought to Life: Eliot Hodgkin Rediscovered is the first major exhibition of the artist's work in nearly thirty years, and aims to return this remarkable British painter to the spotlight where he belongs.
This exhibition will shine a spotlight on how technology is being used to enhance our understanding of art history, enabling masterpieces which have been victims of circumstance or history to be seen as they were once intended.
Buckinghamshire in the late 19th century was littered with Rothschild houses, building a family network of art, architecture and political influence. Explore an introduction to the art of country house building like a Rothschild.
2019 sees the introduction of Summer Fest on 6 & 7 July celebrating street theatre and good food. Please note that there is an additional event charge for all visitors including National Trust members.
Descend into darkness and imagine life as a saboteur exploring our secret underground replica bunker on this family-friendly open afternoon.
Coleshill Mill will also be open so why not pay a visit and see flour being made? (Dependent on water level)
Ever wondered how grain is turned into flour? Visit our restored mill at Coleshill and find out more...
you can also explore our replica Second World War Operational Base which will be open this afternoon.
Children from a Leicester school are taking over Calke Unlocked as Calke Abbey’s first ever mini tour guides! They’re sharing different perspectives on the collection through important research, completed as part of the Colonial Countryside project.
Lyveden and the Oundle International Festival are delighted to welcome the world’s first cycling theatre company to the atmospheric setting of Lyveden’s garden lodge for a bicycle-powered production like none other.
Get involved with hands-on activities for all ages including pond-dipping in the moats, counting butterflies in the long grass or graffiti hunting around the garden lodge. Activities vary from week to week, check out the website for more details.
Why not come and volunteer as part of your visit to Croft? Have a go at cleaning items from the collection in the castle, find out what our house team get up to behind the scenes and participate in our vital conservation work.