The National Trust team at Stourhead, in Wiltshire, are working with experts from Cliveden Conservation to restore the worn lettering to a quote written by Alexander Pope in the first half of the 18th century and carved into the curved marble slab situated in the Grotto .
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.
Several National Trust countryside properties are currently in the spotlight as venues for artists to reveal their inspiration and creative processes until Sunday 2 October.
With over 210 venues taking part, Somerset Open Studios is a countywide opportunity to view over 300 artists and makers from a range of disciplines in their working environment. Now the largest visual art and design event in Somerset, this year’s line-up includes established names such as Richard Pomeroy, Angela Charles and Magnus Hammick; as well new and emerging artists.
Spectacular new aerials videos from the National Trust are showing Bath’s Solsbury Hill from an entirely new angle.
The scheduled ancient monument is a popular walking route with many hundreds of people climbing it every week and looking out at the views and even the city lights in the evening.
The National Trust Wiltshire Landscape team are undertaking a survey to learn what people find special about the landscape in which the world famous stone circle sits.
This is part of a national plan to assess the qualities that visitors find important about the special places the National Trust care for. This will help them to understand people’s personal relationships with those places and ensure that they look after them in a way that safeguards that connection for the future.
People in and around Wellington, who are interested in becoming one of a small group of volunteers needed to support the Wellington Monument Project, have been asked to get in touch with the National Trust by 9 September.
Helen Sharp, National Trust Project Manager, explains: ‘We are looking for a small group of committed individuals at this stage. We’re calling them the ‘Monument Champions’ because we hope they will act as advocates within the local community.
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.
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.
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.
A trio of trail running challenges collectively promise to be one of the highlights of the first South West Outdoor Festival, which takes place in the heart of Heddon Valley in North Devon this September. (23-25 September)
The main running events will take place on the Saturday morning of the weekend-long festival. There are three distances for trail hounds to choose from:
- A full off-road marathon-length race
- A half-marathon event
- The popular 10km challenge.
With a large crowd expected to descend on Avebury for the summer Solstice, the National Trust has appealed to those wanting to celebrate to consider using public transport and to plan their trip well in advance.