We have had a very busy year celebrating two significant milestones in our history; the 300th anniversary of Capability Brown’s birth and the Weston Park Foundation’s 30th birthday. We have welcomed thousands of visitors to the estate this year whether enjoying a day out, attending an event or popping in for lunch in the Granary. Here are a few highlights for you!
Head Gardener Martin Gee launched our Capability Brown celebrations with his Winter Walk through the Parkland. Martin would continue his seasonal homage to Brown throughout the year where visitors had the chance to learn more about Capability Brown’s legacy at Weston in more detail.
The Hamilton Kerr Institute returned for their annual visit to help us conserve the collection. They have been working with us for the last 30 years and now every portrait in the collection has been looked at by their expert team.
The Park team were very busy during the winter getting our brand new Woodland Adventure Playground ready to open in March, despite the challenges set by the great British weather!
1,000’s of ladies turned the Park pink to raise money for Cancer Research in the Pretty Muddy run! Well done girls . . .
We were delighted to welcome back the Caravan Club to the Park for their National Rally. They last stayed with us in 2010 and were out in force again enjoying a fantastic three day extravaganza.
We opened up Temple Wood, one of only five remaining Capability Brown pleasure grounds, for visitors to explore as part of our celebrations.
The great British weather played its usual tricks as we hosted a Garden Party to celebrate the 30th Birthday of the creation of the Weston Park Foundation, the charity that owns and maintains this beautiful estate. Our guests had to retreat to the Orangery for Afternoon Tea but the band played on!
Camper Jam pulled up for its 9th year on the estate with an Animal Kingdom theme, we opened our brand new STUFF! room where our younger visitors explored Capability Brown’s magical world of green with Capability Brown inspired crafts and visitors to the House quite literally put themselves in the picture!
Justin Bieber wowed the crowds at the V Festival, visitors to the Park enjoyed the glorious heatwave and the team in the Granary Grill got down to the all important business of creating an incredible super stacker burger to celebrate National Burger Day.
We breathed new life into the redundant Gardener’s Bothies by creating two brand new holiday lets; the Gardener’s Bothy and the Potting shed.
Continuing with our Capability Brown celebrations Head Chef Guy Day and his brigade served up Georgian inspired afternoon teas – “Capabili-Teas” in the Orangery throughout the summer.
More cake was on the menu as Guy hosted a Great British Bake Off inspired Hints & Tips workshops for all bake off fans.
Graham Colling’s wonderful photographic exhibition wowed visitors to the Granary Art Gallery. He has turned up at the Park morning, noon and night to capture the beauty of Brown’s parkland throughout the seasons.
Temple Wood remained open for the Capability Brown celebrations so visitors could enjoy the fiery autumnal colours and the glorious weather we had this year.
Halloween Hunters descended on the estate for a very busy Halloween and some seriously spooky treats in the Granary Deli
Matthew Wood’s exhibition of paintings from the perspective of inside the House intrigued visitors in the Granary Art Gallery and our annual Bonfire & Fireworks event drew record crowds.
Children from Sherrifhales Primary School made our Guy
Christmas arrived and we welcomed guests to dine and stay in the House, thousands of you came shopping for festive food and creative crafts and we finished the year by saying thank you to members of the team who have worked across the estate for more than 30 years and to you for all your support in helping us to look after this beautiful place. We couldn’t do it without you!
Guests relax in the Library at one of our Dine & Stay events
Thank you for 30 years L-R Richard Kirby, Martin Gee, Claire Cumming, Colin Sweeney, The Hon. Rose Paterson, Roy Kirby, Stuart Craddock