‘Made to Measure Home’ opening weekend 24-26 March

Room with desk and drawing board

Upton House and Gardens near Banbury is traveling back in time to 1927, the year that the house was purchased by Lord Bearsted. From the last weekend in March, visitors will be invited to walk in the Bearsteds’ shoes and witness the before and after of their renovations, as Upton becomes ‘A Made to Measure Home’.

Friday 24 March – Preview day

As a special invitation to local visitors, we invite you to be amongst the first to see what Upton was like 90 years ago.  

Displays throughout the property will provide an exciting exploration of the history of the 1920s and the fashionable trends of the period, which the family were keen to follow in their designs. 

The purchase of Upton House gave Lord Bearsted a worthy location to showcase his world class art collection. The launch weekend is a superb chance to see the stunning paintings and porcelain he bought over his life time, displayed together in his former home.

Saturday 25 March – opening day of Made to Measure Home

To open this brand new presentation, the first ninety visitors at Upton on Saturday 25 March will be invited to be part of our opening ceremony. On arrival you be able to collect a card representing each of the 90 years and join us for a ribbon cutting moment outside the front door at 12.45pm.   

On the Saturday there will be music throughout the afternoon in the Picture Room to create the atmosphere of the era, performed by local pianist Jay Riley.

The Pavilion Restaurant will also be open over the weekend, serving delicious seasonal food and fresh baking while the shop has a whole range of new stock, relating to the 1927 ‘Made to Measure Home’ theme, including books and mementos. 

The gardens, shop and restaurant will be open 11-4. The house will be open by timed ticket from 1-4: collect your timed ticket on arrival. 


Sunday 26 March – Mothers’ Day afternoon tea

Combine a visit to the new house presentation with the Mothers’ Day Afternoon Tea. This delicious afternoon tea includes dainty sandwiches, a selection of delicious cakes, a scone and tea or coffee, accompanied by a glass of prosecco. The Mother’s Day Afternoon Tea is at 2pm or 3.30pm and will be held in Upton’s vintage kitchen: Iris’ Tea Room. Places are limited for this special treat, so it should be booked in advance.

Tickets are £15 per person and are available to book online here

Sketch by artists of terrace are with tree and shrubs

Upton’s next transformation launches in March 2017

Visitors to Upton House & Gardens from 25 March 2017 will see the new transformation as we mark the date the house was bought by 2nd Viscount Bearsted, in March 1927.

A couple enjoying afternoon tea at Croft Castle in Herefordshire

Mother's Day afternoon tea at Upton House 

Enjoy afternoon tea with your mother with a vintage twist.

Painting of Venice by Canaletto

An art collection to rival the best

Discover the treasures collected by Lord Bearsted over his lifetime. From rare porcelain to paintings by a wide variety of famous artists. All on display throughout the house just as they were in Lord Bearsted’s time.