Ghost boats to arrive in Bristol’s best loved woodland

Renowned artist Luke Jerram and the National Trust have announced details of the landmark art project, Withdrawn, which is funded by Arts Council England as part of the Bristol 2015 European Green Capital programme.

From April 2015 Luke Jerram invites visitors to Leigh Woods to experience an unexpected encounter with a flotilla of abandoned fishing boats installed in the depths of the woodland. Continue reading…

Perry Pear Weekend at Dyrham Park

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…

Paradise at Tyntesfield and Leigh Woods

The Green Room (c) Paul Blakemore

The Green Room (c) Paul Blakemore

As part of PARADISE, the contemporary art exhibition at Tyntesfield and Leigh Woods, an exciting and diverse programme of events, talks and workshops delivered by national and international artists has been planned this autumn. These include: experiments with compost and gold leaf, family play weekends and discussions exploring the design of our environment. Continue reading…

Play, make and do at the Leigh Woods Community Games

Children try archery (c) National Trust Images / John Millar

Children try archery (c) National Trust Images / John Millar

Leigh Woods’ first Community Games is being organised by the National Trust during half term with a host of sporting activities.

 During February half term the National Trust are organising all sorts of interactive activities for families – including the Community Games, which will run on Thursday 20 February between 10.00am and 2.00pm. Everybody is invited to go along and join in for free. Continue reading…

Tyntesfield tallest Christmas tree on display


National Trust staff at Tyntesfield put the final touches to the tree decorations

One of the tallest Christmas trees in the National Trust has been set up inside Tyntesfield, the Victorian gothic mansion near Bristol.

The 8 metre (26 feet) high tree is the tallest to be brought inside the building – and one of the tallest trees in a National Trust property – and is the centre piece for a range of events this month. Continue reading…

Doctor Who at Tyntesfield

The Doctor will be seen running around the Victorian gothic interior of the National Trust’s Tyntesfield House this weekend – after filming of an episode of Doctor Who there last year.

Matt Smith as the Doctor with Jessica Raine as Emma Grayling in a scene from the Doctor Who episode filmed at Tyntesfield. © Adrian Rogers

Matt Smith as the Doctor with Jessica Raine as Emma Grayling in a scene from the Doctor Who episode filmed at Tyntesfield. © Adrian Rogers

And visitors will be able to meet and chat to The Doctor himself wandering through the house and grounds – in the shape of a Matt Smith look-alike, Bristol based Matt Elliott.

The new episode – called Hide – is being broadcast on Saturday evening on BBC1 as part of the 50th birthday season of the programme and features The Doctor played by the real Matt Smith and his new assistant Clara, Jenna-Louise Coleman.

Tyntesfield was chosen for its remarkable and recently restored gothic interior which was transformed into a haunted mansion for the filming of the programme.

A ghost story, it features Clara and the Doctor who arrive at a haunted mansion on a desolate moor. They meet an uptight professor, Major Alec Palmer (Dougray Scott), and “empathic psychic” Emma Grayling (Call the Midwife’s Jessica Raine) who are investigating a spectre known as the Witch of the Well who is said to have appeared in the building over the years.

But the so-called Witch of the Well soon turns out to be more than the average ghost and the question arises of whether the Time Lord has another purpose?

The filming at Tyntesfield all took place last year over three days at the end of May. The National Trust house was used for the interior settings but sadly the Tardis didn’t materialise in the house.

“We didn’t have the Tardis here, or the Daleks, but Matt Smith and Jenna-Louise Coleman both had a good time filming with us, along with Dougray Scott,” said Jon Ducker, the National Trust Visitor Services Manager.

“It promises to be a really fun, if spooky episode of the series and we’re all really looking forward to seeing it.”

To celebrate, Tyntesfield has invited Doctor Who lookalike Matt Elliott to come along on Saturday and Sunday (20/21 April) to meet visitors and be photographed with them.

“Matt will be here for both days. We’re expecting to be busy but if all the available house tickets are sold, he will be out and about in the gardens so everybody will have the chance to catch up and have their photo taken with our Doctor.”

This weekend Tyntesfield is also one of 200 places which the National Trust is opening free for the entire weekend. Vouchers are available to download on the Trust’s website for the free weekend which aims to give families the opportunity to spend quality time together in fun spaces.

To plan the free weekend visit and download a free voucher.

“We are expecting to be busy so would advise anybody specially wanting to see the house to arrive early to get their timed tickets (tickets are limited) for the house but there is also lots to do in the grounds and gardens, at the kitchen Garden and orangery and Home Farm with the shops, Café and Restaurant,” added Jon.