Christmas has arrived at Dyrham Park

Dyrham Park roof and sleigh (C)National Trust

Anybody taking a final chance to visit the rooftop walkway at Dyrham Park this month may just spot something unusual – a large red sleigh full of Christmas presents has appeared on the roof.

Father Christmas has visited Dyrham Park early this year, and thanks to the fully accessible walkway – which closes on 20 December – visitors can get a good view of his sleigh and a reindeer. Continue reading…

Minchinhampton Common

Minchinhampton Common, Gloucestershire. (C)National Trust Images/David Noton.

Minchinhampton Common, Gloucestershire. (C)National Trust Images/David Noton.

The National Trust has introduced licencing for events and activities on its land in Gloucestershire. This will allow all commercial operators and charities who wish to use our land to be reassured they have the correct legal permissions for their events. As part of this we did licence a walk held in aid of Longfield. Continue reading…

Ancient battle site preserved for the future

The site of a battle that took place over 5000 years ago has been preserved for the enjoyment of future generations thanks to a National Trust project.

The archaeological remains at Crickley Hill suggest a battle took place there in around 3600BC. These remains were covered by the ramparts and ditches of an Iron Age hill fort over 2000 years ago and there is also evidence of occupation there from the 5th century when the Roman army left Britain. Continue reading…

‘For King and Country’ – First World War exhibition at Newark Park

To mark the First World War centenary Newark Park will be launching a special exhibition from Wednesday 30 July until Sunday 21 September.

Mary King with fellow nurses ©National Trust

Mary King with fellow nurses ©National Trust

‘For King and Country’, will tell the story of two Newark characters who between them made a significant contribution and sacrifice to the war effort. Continue reading…

Dyrham Park’s lost terraces brought back to life


Dyrham Park Hidden Terraces 2 By Steve Holbrow

Dyrham Park is much loved for its baroque mansion, gardens and deer park but this year work is being carried out to unearth one of its lost treasures. For the first time in many years its historic terraces are being rediscovered and cleared , opening up a glimpse of the splendid 17th century pleasure grounds that over time have been lost to nature. Continue reading…

Wild flowers on Rodborough commons the “best in years”

Rodborough Common Early Purple orchids and Cowslips: Barry Batchelor
Yellow cowslips and early purple orchids on Rodborough Commons (C) National Trust/Barry Batchelor

 The display of wild flowers on Rodborough Commons has been described as the best seen in many years by National Trust rangers. The displays of bright yellow cowslips and other flowers such as early purple orchids can be seen right across the commons.

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Discovery Dome comes to Chedworth Roman Villa

Alex Auden, Operations Manager, explores the Discovery Dome at Chedworth Roman Villa (c) National Trust / Barry Batchelor

Visitors to Chedworth Roman Villa are being transported back in time this week thanks to the latest digital technology developed by the University of Bath.

A large inflatable dome has been set up on the lawns of Chedworth Roman Villa, allowing groups of visitors to experience a planetarium-style projection which brings to life the history of one of the country’s most important Roman sites. Continue reading…

Fundraising appeal to put a new roof on Dyrham Park

Dyrham Park roof

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.

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