Yellow and orange days of autumn in South Somerset

The yellow and orange days of autumn are a favourite for many people – it’s certainly the case at National Trust places in South Somerset. There are lots of reasons to get outside and enjoy the changing seasons, and to get up close to nature and wildlife. Visitors can be as creative as they like whilst building their very own den with the help of Ranger George at Barrington Court on 25 & 27 October. At Montacute House, going for an autumn ramble will bring even greater rewards if you pick up one of the autumn trails to follow, from 22 to 30 October.

Children playing on a swing in the garden at Montacute House, Somerset.(C)National Trust Images/John Millar

Children playing on a swing in the garden at Montacute House, Somerset.(C)National Trust Images/John Millar

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Eye Tracking comes to Stourhead

Scientists from the ‘Eye Tracking Collective.landscape architecture’ at the Osnabrueck University of Applied Sciences in Germany are working with the National Trust’s Stourhead in Wiltshire to study how visitors to the world-famous garden interact with the landscape around them.

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Eye Tracking glasses inside the Pantheon, Stourhead (c)National Trust/Steven Haywood

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Henry the cat tries the 50 Things challenge at Dyrham Park

Dyrham's Henry goes on a bare foot walk (c)National Trust-Laura Williams

A cat who lives at Dyrham Park has taken up a National Trust challenge to children to get outdoors and complete 50 fun things before they are 11 and ¾.

Dyrham's Henry with compass (c)National Trust-Laura Williams

Dyrham’s Henry with compass (c)National Trust/Laura Williams

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Dyrham Park launches programme of daily children’s activities this summer

Dyrham Children playing in meadow (c)National Trust / Tom Boden

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

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.

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Work underway on a 21st-century garden with echoes of the past at Dyrham Park

Dyrham Park West Garden (C)National Trust - Barry Batchelor

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

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.

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Tyntesfield live music headliners announced

Show of Hands. L-R Miranda Sykes, Steve Knightly and Phil Beer (c) Show of Hands

Live from the Lawn returns to Tyntesfield for its third year with two top headliners from the world of Ska and Folk.

Dispelling the stereotype of a quintessential National Trust property, Tyntesfield is constantly challenging perceptions with its events program and this August is no exception. After the success of last year’s event the property, near Bristol, will be hosting 2 Tone legends The Beat, and Radio 2 award winning folk artists Show of Hands for two night time open-air concerts in a beautiful setting.

The Beat ft Ranking Roger (c) The Beat

The Beat ft Ranking Roger (c) The Beat

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Heron moves in to take over island nest

The squatter heron on the nest in the middle of the Prior Park lake

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.

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Dyrham Park conservation project ends paving the way for new plans

Dyrham Park East Front May 2016 (C)National Trust-Laura Williams

Dyrham Park West Front May 2016 (c)National Trust-Laura WilliamsThe last of the scaffolding has come down at Dyrham Park, marking not only the end of the £3.8m conservation project to replace the leaking roof, but the start of a new era for Dyrham Park.

The National Trust team has now begun the huge task of finding a new way to tell the story of the 17th-century house, transforming the garden and building a lasting legacy for the attraction.

 

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Capability Brown 300 anniversary month at Prior Park – June 2016

The Palladian Bridge at Prior Park Landscape Garden, Bath, Somerset.

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.

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