Weston Park, the stately home on the Shropshire / Staffordshire border is celebrating 50 years of opening to visitors this year.
In 1964 the 6th Earl of Bradford opened the estate to the public in-line with many country houses at the time offering the chance to take a look at the wonderful collection and explore the 1,000 acres of Capability Brown Parkland.
To mark this anniversary Weston will be opening its doors for just 50p per person on Tuesday 3rd June. Visitors can take a look at the newly re-decorated Drawing Room, enjoy the peace and tranquillity of Lady Anne’s Memorial Garden, recently opened by HRH The Duke of Gloucester and take a walk through one of Capability Brown’s rare pleasure grounds – Temple Wood.
Now owned and maintained by the Weston Park Foundation, an independent charitable trust, Weston is now home to national outdoor events and welcomes over 250,000 visitors a year from festival goers to gardening enthusiasts and cultural tours.
Set in 1,000 acres of Capability Brown Parkland, the estate is open to visitors during the summer months. The House contains an internationally important art collection including works by Van Dyck, Lely and Gainsborough, there are beautiful formal gardens, woodland walks to enjoy and spectacular follies to admire.
To celebrate National Volunteers Week, also taking place on Tuesday 3rd June there will be a Volunteer Experience Day where those interested in volunteering at the estate can take a look around and meet current volunteers to find out more about what’s involved.
Weston has over 100 volunteers and is seeking people of all ages to join its team. Roles include house guides, art gallery assistants, gardeners or learning assistants to help with the award winning education department’s programme of curriculum based activities.
Gareth Williams, Curator to the Weston Park Foundation comments: “We will holding our Volunteers Week Cheese & Wine event in the Granary Deli from 3.30pm onwards on Tuesday 3rd and welcome any prospective volunteers along for a chat about how to get involved.”
“Weston Celebrates 50 Years” takes place on Tuesday 3rd June with admission to the House, Park and Garden for 50p per person. (Miniature Railway extra charge).
The House, Park and Gardens are now open daily until Sunday 7th September. House is closed on Saturdays. Standard Park & Gardens admission: Adults £5.50, Children (4-14 years) £3.50 and Seniors £5.00