Den building, tractor cleaning and dry stone walling are just some of the kids’ activities on offer at Dyrham Park during the summer holidays.
The National Trust team is putting on more than 50 activities throughout the six-week school holidays and is a great place to tick off things from the popular 50 Things to do before you’re 11 ¾ challenge.
Dyrham Den Building at Dyrham Park (c) National Trust / Beth Weston
Just a stone’s throw away from the cities of Bath and Bristol, Dyrham Park has 270 acres of parkland, large formal garden and 17th-century house to explore.
An ambitious project to transform Dyrham Park’s West Garden is gathering pace.
Inspired by a 17th-century engraving, the National Trust team of gardeners has set to work recreating some elements of the former garden, with a modern twist.
Dyrham Park West Garden (C)National Trust – Barry Batchelor
This recent phase began during the major conservation project to replace the leaking roof on the house last year, with new flower beds being marked out on the previously plain lawns. Visitors to the temporary roof-top walkway in the scaffolding were able to get a first glimpse and impressive aerial view of this work.
The squatter heron on the nest in the middle of the lake at Prior Park (C)National Trust/Anna Kilcooley
A marauding heron has taken over a coot’s nest in the centre of a lake at Prior Park in Bath – and is refusing to give it up.
A heron has long lived around the lake in the landscape garden, managed by the National Trust, but has recently taken a liking to proudly sitting on top of a stack of weeds in the centre of the lower lake. The pile was originally a nest made by coots, but the heron has now staked a claim to the spot and can regularly be seen relaxing on his new island abode.
The Palladian Bridge at Prior Park Landscape Garden, Bath, Somerset.
A celebration of the 300th anniversary of landscape gardener Capability Brown, is being held at Prior Park Landscape Garden in Bath.
The National Trust, which cares for Prior Park, is taking part in the national celebrations for the tercentenary of Lancelot ‘Capability’ Brown with a series of events, classes and workshops throughout June.
A bright purple shepherd’s hut which has become an eye catching sight in the woods and meadows of the Bath Skyline since being built by the National Trust a few years ago, caught the attention of a local decorator who volunteered to refurbish it free. Continue reading…
Dyrham Park has been awarded a grant of £85,000 from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) it was announced today. The grant will help fund new exhibitions and activities on offer during a period of major work to safeguard the future of the seventeenth-century National Trust mansion house near Bristol/Bath, by replacing the leaking roof and installing a new energy efficient biomass boiler. Continue reading…
Dyrham Park will be hosting a harvest celebration on 18-19 October. Over the last few weeks the estate has been joined by its visitors in collecting pears from its orchard, so that the fruit can be turned into ‘Dyrham Park Perry’. The celebratory weekend will be the first opportunity to try this year’s batch along with mulled and hot pear juice varieties. Continue reading…
A £3.5 million project to repair the roof at Dyrham Park and safeguard the future of the historic house, has been announced by the National Trust.
With water leaking through the lead covered roof, the future of the house and its important collection, depends on vital repairs to replace the 22 tonnes of lead on the roof and 8000 Welsh slates. There will also be repairs to stonework and a new heating system replacing an obsolete and inefficient oil boiler.