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'All at sea' at Hatchlands Park

Painting of Lord Anson's victory off Cape Finisterre, 3 May 1747 by Samuel Scott
‘Lord Anson's victory off Cape Finisterre, 3 May 1747’ by Samuel Scott | © National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, London

This summer we’re celebrating life on the ocean at Hatchlands Park. From an exhibition of letters between 18th-century residents Admiral Boscawen and his wife Fanny and stories of the crew who sailed with Admiral Boscawen, to family nautical fun in the garden, you’ll find everything but the sea at Hatchlands Park this summer.

'Oceans Apart' exhibition in the house

6 June - 15 Oct, 12-4pm (except Saturdays)

Edward and Fanny Boscawen spent over half their marriage separated by the sea. Visit the house this summer and find out more about how this of 18th-century couple navigated their long distance relationship, through extracts from their letters to each other.

Discover the highs and lows of life at sea and on land, and how Admiral Boscawen and Fanny overcame the challenges of being apart.

A mannequin dressed in white positioned in front of a string of letters
Discover extracts from the letters exchanged between Admiral Boscawen and his wife, Frances | © National Trust/Mark Syson-Harvey

'All at Sea' exhibition in the stables

6 June – 15 Oct, 10am-4pm

Visit the stables in the cobbled courtyard to discover the little-known stories of some of the fascinating characters who sailed in Admiral Boscawen’s fleet. Find out more about Hannah Snell who disguised herself as man in order to embark on a remarkable journey at sea, or James Alms, who, at just 13 years old found himself shipwrecked in the Indian Ocean.

Young boy dressed in a pirate's hat peeking round a wicker fence and smiling
Join in the sea-themed fun at Hatchlands Park this summer | © John Millar

Family nautical adventures in the garden

22 July – Sun 3 Sep, 10am-4pm

Ahoy there! Bring the family to Hatchlands Park this summer for sea-themed games, nautical dressing up and a trail through the garden and parkland. Captain the straw bale boat in the walled garden, ring the ship’s bell and look out for the sea creatures as you find your way through the straw bale maze.

Summer of Play

There will also be lots of games and activities to try on the lawn as part of our summer of play. Try your hand at volleyball, badminton, football or tennis on the lawn at Hatchlands Park. Or challenge friends and family to a sack or space hopper race! Don’t forget to say hello to the donkeys in their new stable complete with family picnic area and early years play.