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Visiteering - clean the bronze urns

Drop in and help to care for the historic bronze urns in the Lanhydrock formal garden.

  • Booking not needed
  • Free event (admission applies)

Fancy doing something a bit different with your visit to Lanhydrock?

You have the chance to help clean, wash and wax the bronze urns in the formal garden. These 18th century French bronze urns are an important part of the collection and have been at Lanhydrock for generations, featuring in many of the photos of the Victorian family enjoying the gardens. To survive the winter cold and rain, they need to be cleaned and waxed every summer. The urn cleaning will take place between 11am and 3.30pm. You can drop by for 10 minutes on your way to the house, or you can spend all afternoon with the team.

Please note that there will be a break for lunch at around 1pm and the urn cleaning is dependant on weather.



Event ticket prices

This event is free, but normal admission charges apply for the venue.

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The basics


Not suitable for very small children

Meeting point

The urns are located in the formal garden at the front of the house and in the parterre.

What to bring and wear

It’s not a very messy task, but best to wear clothes you wouldn’t mind getting dirty


Lawns are soft and uneven under foot. Urns are located within the formal garden area adjacent to the house. Urns are approx. 1m from ground.


Suitable for adults and children accompanied by an adult. Urns are approximately 1m from ground so not suitable for very small children.

Upcoming events


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Event summary

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Event summary

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+ 1 other date or time