Enjoy a trip to our Vintage Transport weekend for Father's Day

A row of cars on the lawn with people looking at them

A range of pre-war cars, trucks and more help show how Upton took on a new life during the 1940s and became the country house bank.

Join us on 18 & 19 June, 11am – 4pm

Vehicles of all shapes and sizes

Vintage trucks, cars and motorbikes will be on show, with kind permission of their owners. From a horsebox and Bedford Lorry to 1930s Austin, Morris, Jaguar and Ford there will be a range of cars to take a look at. See the care taken to look after these old classics and ask the owners about them.  

Motorbikes and cars from pre-war Britain come together at Upton House
vintage motorbike in front of car

The Shell connection

Lord Bearsted, owner of Upton, was also Chairman of Shell Oil and son of the company’s founder.  He had an office at Shell House on London, as well as one at Upton, where he and his family would spend weekends. He was able to make the most of the international connections and trade networks established by Shell to take on his wartime role in the Special Operations Executive.  Visit the house to discover his code name and more about his secret war work.

Music and picnics

As well as the display of vintage vehicles, singer Amanda Beaumont will be performing throughout the afternoon on the south lawn singing wartime tunes, so bring a picnic or buy yourself a Victory ice cream and relax on the lawn.

Enjoy music concerts at Upton and have a jolly good knees up!
People picnicing on the lawn at Upton watching a concert

Visit the house

You can collect a timed ticket to visit the house during the afternoon, to see how Upton was transformed during the Second World War to become home and office to the bank staff evacuated from Shell House in London.  

Advanced booking for house entry is also available, please follow the link below.

If you have a  vintage vehicle and would like to know how you can be involved, please e-mail Andrew Overton