A line up of fairs, walks and family days out will welcome the spring season at Weston Park, the magnificent stately home on the Shropshire \ Staffordshire border. Known for its beautiful gardens, Weston is a maze of colour at this time of year, with bluebells, rhododendrons and daffodils peppering the 1,000 acre estate.
NEW for 2015: Springtime Garden Walk
Sunday 29th March at 10.30am
Join Head Gardener Martin Gee for a tour of the gardens as they wake up for spring. The walks takes in both the formal gardens and open pleasure grounds landscaped by Capability Brown. The gardens include Lady Joan’s Garden of Memory with its water plants and cascade and Lady Anne’s Memorial Garden featuring her favourite magnolias, camelias and rhododendrons.
Guided Walk: Adults £3.00, Children £2 in addition to standard admission
Rev up with retro motors: the Transport Show
Sunday 5th and Monday 6th April
Taking place over the Easter bank holiday weekend, the show offers a chance to get up close to hundreds of classic cars, motorcycles, period camper vans and iconic American models. Food and drink stalls and a children’s fun fair make for a fun-filled day out.
Sunday admission: Adults £9.00, Children £3.00; Monday admission: Adults £8.00, Children £3.00
Hunt for the new and exotic: Spring Plant Fair
Sunday 3rd and Monday 4th May
The Plant Hunters’ Fair lands at Weston Park. This is a garden lovers paradise with award-winning plants, a huge selection of nurseries and a chance to pick up tips from expert growers. There are woodland walks, lakes and beautiful formal gardens to explore and the 17th century house with its famous art collection will be open to visit.
Fair and gardens admission £3.00 per person; House admission £2.00
Get lost in a maze of colour: Bluebell Walk
Sunday 10th May (10.30am & 2pm)
Head Gardener Martin Gee leads a guided walk through the blankets of bluebells and avenues of azaleas found in Capability Brown’s pleasure grounds. The particuarly beautiful Temple Wood is filled with colour and perfume, as the rhododendrons and azaleas come into full bloom.
Guided Walk: Adults £6.00, Children £3.00
Be an early bird: Dawn Chorus Walk
Saturday 16th May (5.30am for a 6am start)
Visitors are invited to one of nature’s finest performances of the calendar, which will begin as the first light pierces the night sky. Join a walk with wildlife expert and ornithologist John Tucker to find out more about the estates feathered inhabitants. Early risers will enjoy a two-hour guided ramble around the parkland, watching out for and listening to numerous species of birds including robins, wrens, thrushes, blue tits, nut hatch and summer migrant warblers in full song.
A hearty full English breakfast in the Granary Grill will follow.
Guided Walk: £20 per person, including breakfast
Taste the season: Spring Food & Craft Fayre
Bank Holiday Monday 25th May
Shop for delicious food and homemade produce as over 60 stalls spring up on the estate. Alongside these independant artisan producers will be stalls selling an array of unique crafts, arts and gifts. Weston’s adventure playground and the pleasure grounds are open to explore plus there is the chance to take ride on the miniature railway ensuring this is a day of fun for all the family.
Fayre admission: £3.50 per person; House admission £2.00 and Miniature Railway £2.00
Breakfasts, freshly made sandwiches and afternoon teas are available in the Granary Deli, while the Granary Grill will be serving up lunch and dinner from a spring inspired menu. The Art Gallery with its rolling programme of contemporary art exhibitions is also open and free for visitors, who can also explore the Walled Garden with its orchard, maze and chickens