Stourhead comes alive with a tree top performance

Dramatic performance by Whispering Woods at Stourhead (c)National Trust/Martin Tompkins

This autumn the National Trust at Stourhead, Wiltshire, is hosting an aerial performance of ‘Red Threads’ by the talented Whispering Wood Folk.

The event, taking place on the 16 October at 2pm, will welcome the arrival of autumn and celebrate the wonderful display that nature creates in the Stourhead garden during the season.

Dramatic performance by Whispering Woods at Stourhead (c)National Trust/Martin Tompkins

Dramatic performance by Whispering Wood Folk at Stourhead (c)National Trust/Martin Tompkins

The performance will bring to life one of Stourhead’s famous tulip trees in the garden near the house. It will include a walk through a wood, storytelling, live music and aerial acrobatics.

Martin Clements, National Trust Visitor Experience Officer for Stourhead said: “Whispering Woodfolk take storytelling to a new level. We are delighted to host their performance which is inspired by Stourhead’s special trees and the importance of nature in peoples’ lives.”

‘Red Threads’ tells the story of Betany as she makes her journey from girl to woman and comes to know the plants and creatures of the forest. The story is woven using spoken word and dramatised using aerial acrobatics amongst the trees and accompanied by live music. The piece has also been performed at venues around the UK including festival no. 6 and Wakehurst Place.

Nina, founder of the Whispering Wood Folk, said of the performance: “The beautiful landscape at Stourhead inspired me to begin creating outdoor work, I hope you can also enjoy seeing the gardens in a new and different way.”

Tickets cost £12 adults, £6 children, (children under 5 free), and £30 for a family (2 adults and up to 3 children), and should be purchased in advance via the Whispering Wood Folk website The ticket price includes entry to Stourhead’s famous landscape garden, so visitors can enjoy the autumn colours at Stourhead as well as the performance.

For more information, please phone Stourhead’s Estate Office on 01747 841152 or visit the website:


  1. kevin Wright   •  

    This sounds awesome … i will certainly be looking into getting a family gathering attendance to the upcoming performance.

    • Rowen Mackenzie   •  

      That’s excellent news and will look forward to seeing you there. Rowen – NT South West

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