Stoneywell reopening for the 2018 season

The countdown is on for our reopening, marking the start of the 2018 season. On the 1st of February, we will throw open the gates, light the fires and welcome you back to Stoneywell. As well as reinvigorating walks around the garden and wood, a warming hot drink (complimented by a freshly baked scone) in the tearoom and an enlightening tour around the cottage, we have some other enticing activities going on in February. So, take a look at what is coming up and book your visit in.

Reawaken Conservation

To kick start the new season, we have our Reawaken Conservation day on the 3rd February. This is your opportunity to find out what happened behind closed doors during the winter months. So, if you ever wondered how we clean the textiles, books or even how we oil the dining room floor each year, this is your chance. Our Conservation Team will be on hand to share the work they have been doing over the closed season. It will also be an opportunity to find out how the National Trust cares for Stoneywell and its collection throughout the year.

The cottage will be open to explore at your leisure, with our Room Guides also in place to share the stories of Stoneywell with you.

Muslin covers on the ladderback chairs in the dining room at Stoneywell
Ladderback chairs in the dining room at Stoneywell covered in muslin covers
Muslin covers on the ladderback chairs in the dining room at Stoneywell

Photography Day

Stoneywell is a very photogenic place, so on the 11th of February, we have our second annual Photography Day. Whether it is the garden, the woodland, stables or cottage, Stoneywell has something around every corner worthy of a great photo. Come along and gets some top tips from our Volunteer Photographer. The cottage will also be open to explore at your own pace.

Taking photographs of the garden at Stoneywell
A visitor taking photographs of the garden
Taking photographs of the garden at Stoneywell

Winter Holiday

Soon after we open, it is February Half-Term, so we have a brand new trail running between the 10th and 25th February. We are carrying on with the Stoneywell tradition of being inspired by the Swallows and Amazon series of books. This time, you will discover that some unexpected visitors have visited over the winter and left some intriguing evidence behind. Your first stop will be to make your own tracking guide in the stables, before going on an adventure to find clues and discover who's been at Stoneywell. You will also be able to make your own mini-bug hotel to take home with you.

A family explore the stone fort in the garden of Stoneywell, Leicestershire

Photography Competition

Also up and coming is our photography competition 'Through the Lens', running from the 11th February until the 31st March. Whether you have visited and got some tips from the Photography Day or have come along and taken an amazing shot, you can enter into the competition. The theme is 'Capturing a hidden gem', there are prizes for winners and the best 25 will be displayed in our photography exhibition in April. Further information will be available soon.

A ceramic jug, handpainted by Grace Barnsley
A decorated jug by Grace Barnsley
A ceramic jug, handpainted by Grace Barnsley