Join in our 1920s events

Musicians on the steps

During May we are celebrating the era the house was bought by Lord and Lady Bearsted.

Dappers and flappers - family jazz dancing taster class

Stretch and shake by bringing your kids along to Dappers and Flappers! Our dance teachers will show your family how to do some real 1920s dancing together (especially the silly bits).

Booking essential: 27 May & 3 June 10.30am - 11.15pm. Children £6, accompanying adults £2. All children must be accompanied. Normal admission prices apply.

Solo Charleston Taster Classes

Learn how to move your feet in 1920s style with one of our friendly and informal taster classes. Learn some basic solo Charleston and jazz moves which would have been danced on special occasions here 90 years ago!

Booking essential: 20 & 21 May, 2pm & 4pm. All tickets £10. Suitable for all abilities and ages over 12. (under 18s must be accompanied by an adult). Normal admission prices apply

Book a dance lesson at Upton this May
Two dancers teaching a crowd new steps

1920s Weekend

Join us for a celebration of the 1920s! With live music, Charleston dance taster classes as well as the chance to see our new 1920s presentation.

Enjoy a cocktail form the horsebox bar, enjoy a sparking afternoon tea in the new Iris tea room in the historic house kitchen, or try one of our new ice cream flavours from the tea window.

20 & 21 May, 11-4pm, Normal admission prices apply.

A great weekend of Jazz music from a live band awaits you
Jazz trumpeter playing with band under a gazzebo


Modern Days, Modern Ways

Explore the exhibitions in the house. See the vintage 1920s motoring posters and original artwork by the modern artists of the day.  Lord Bearsted was chairman of shell oil who used colourful and artistic advertising techniques to promote the motoring image.

Discover the style of the era through costume and posters in the Modern Days, Modern Ways room
1920s costume display

Good taste never dies

Take the ‘good taste’ quiz and see if your sense of style would have cut the mustard in the 1920s. Explore the fashions and influencers oft eh day in these new exhibitions on the first floor of the house.