Wrest Park - English Heritage

Wrest Park - English Heritage
Silsoe
Luton
Bedfordshire
MK45 4HR
England

Website

www.english-heritage.org.uk/daysout/properties/wrest-park/

E-mail

General Enquiries

customers@english-heritage.org.uk

Telephone

01525 860152

All information is drawn from or provided by the venues themselves and every effort is made to ensure it is correct. Please remember to double check opening hours with the venue concerned before making a special visit.
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After decades behind virtually closed doors, its treasures overgrown and largely unknown, English Heritage is reviving one of Britain's largest and most important 'secret gardens' - Wrest Park.

This is a wonderful 90-acre historic landscape and French-style mansion which will take its rightful place among the country's great garden attractions - and give locals and visitors to Bedfordshire a superb new day out.

Stroll in the recently restored Italian and Rose Gardens. Enjoy miles of reinstated historic pathways as you discover the garden buildings, pavilion and statues.

The gardens are a mix of open space and sheltered woodland walks, complimented by expanses of water in which the trees and great buildings are reflected, while Chinese and Roman architecture catch the attention.

Find out more about the garden, and the people that shaped it, in our new exhibitions in the house and garden buildings.

Don't miss:

A range of activities to bring the garden to life for children - including themed play areas and special activity packs for families

A brand new visitor centre with café, exhibition and plant sales area

A peek into the Countess's Sitting Room in the mansion

Venue Type:

Heritage site, Garden, parklands or rural site

Opening hours

1 Oct – 1 Nov, Sat-Sun 10am – 5pm, 1 Nov-12 Feb Sat-Sun 10am-4pm, 13-17 Feb Mon, Thu, Fri 10am - 4pm, 18 Feb-31 Mar Sat-Sun 10am-4pm, Closed 24 - 26 Dec & 1 Jan

Admission charges

From 1 Aug 8.00/7.20/4.80/20.80

Discounts

  • English Heritage

Collection details

Architecture, Natural Sciences

Events details are listed below. You may need to scroll down or click on headers to see them all. For events that don't have a specific date see the 'Resources' tab above.

Music on a Sunday Afternoon

  • 27 July 2014 10am-6pm

Enjoy your very own theme tune to your day out at Wrest Park this summer as your afternoon is accompanied by a new musical treat each week. v

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Website

http://www.english-heritage.org.uk/daysout/events/

New Zealand machine gunners fitting machine gun belts with cartridges

Soldiers' School

  • 28 July — 1 August 2014

Attention! Right you ‘orrible lot, it’s training time. Become a Home Front hero and be put through your paces at Wrest Park. Fall into step and polish your shoes or it’ll be basic rations for you.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly
  • Especially for children
  • Any age

Admission

An additional £1.00 will be charged on standard admission for every child, member, Life Member and non member, to help us fund this entertainment activity.

Website

http://www.english-heritage.org.uk/daysout/events/

Archeology dirt screening

Awesome Archaeology

  • 4 — 8 August 2014

Get your hands dirty as you become a daring archaeologist on our mini dig for the day. Discover hidden treasures and fantastic finds as you excavate the secrets of Wrest Park.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly
  • Especially for children
  • Any age

Admission

An additional £1.00 will be charged on standard admission for every child, member, Life Member and non member, to help us fund this entertainment activity.

Website

http://www.english-heritage.org.uk/daysout/events/

Victorian Games Galore!

  • 11 — 15 August 2014

From skittles to quoits, croquet to chess, play like a Victorian as you step back in time this Summer. Discover games that time forgot and master the skills needed to outmanoeuvre your opponents and astound your family.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly
  • Especially for children

Website

http://www.english-heritage.org.uk/daysout/events/

Victorian Delights

  • 18 — 22 August 2014

Come travel through time to a fun day of Victorian Delights! Join the cast of 'We Are Amused!' a fun, lively performance about the life and times of Queen Victoria created by bZents Theatre Company and hosted by the notorious Time Travellers, Mrs Rosie Bottom and Mr Walter Burke. Meet all of her children and grandchildren ( all 42 of them) along the way, find out about some of the wackiest Victorian inventions and watch out for the assassins trying to shorten the reign of the longest reigning monarch. His majesty Edward VII, always a theatre lover, will be present throughout! Between performances there will be a chance to try out Victorian toys and join in some Victorian games.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly
  • Especially for children

Website

http://www.english-heritage.org.uk/daysout/events/

Heroes and Highwaymen

  • 24 — 25 August 2014 10am-6pm

Lady Jemima cordially invites you and your family to her peaceful picnic. But beware! Rumours are afoot that a highwayman lurks...

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Admission

Purchase your tickets today by calling our dedicated Ticket Sales Team on 0870 333 1183 (Mon – Fri 8.30am – 5.30 Sat 9am – 5pm). Tickets will also be available to purchase at the event site on the day.

Website

http://www.english-heritage.org.uk/daysout/events/

Gory Georgians

  • 26 — 29 August 2014

Ghastly gallows, horrific hangmen and terrifying torture – travel back in time and discover the painful punishments your history teacher’s too timid to tell you!

Suitable for

  • Family friendly
  • Especially for children

Website

http://www.english-heritage.org.uk/daysout/events/

Ghosts, Ghouls and Goings-on

  • 27 — 31 October 2014

Grab your cloaks and steady your nerves as your little horrors scare themselves silly this Halloween. Mysterious goings-on await you at petrifying Wrest Park. Meet our gruesome guides as they take you on a journey into the puzzling past – use all your wits to solve the riddles and claim your terrifying treat.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly
  • Especially for children

Website

http://www.english-heritage.org.uk/daysout/events/

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