The front door of the House at Weston conceals a world of fascinating and internationally significant treasures. From French Gobelin tapestries to Oriental ceramic works of art, furniture my royal makers Morel and Hughes and iconic paintings of old masters such as Van Dyck, Stubbs, Gainsborough, Constable; Weston has one of the greatest English country house collections.
Weston Park hosts a calendar of events in the House, Stables and Park throughout the year including the V Festial, Horse Trials, Park Walks, outdoor performances and fine dining occassions in the House to name but a few. There is also plenty to do for children, with the Woodland Adventure Playground, Miniature Railway, courtyard games and developing Yew Hedge Maze.
All year round the free-entry Granary Art Gallery hosts a feast of changing contemporary art exhibitions together with occasional loan exhibitions, not to mention our annual Graduate Show (January) and the Whittingham Riddell National Fine Art Open (August)
The Weston Park Foundation is charged with conserving Weston Park for future generations and is committed to lifelong learning; to that aim our programme of events include, walks, talks, guided tours, and historical lectures to special interest groups.
Gallery, Historic house or home, Garden, parklands or rural site
House, Park & Gardens:
Saturday 24th May- Sunday 7th September
House closed on Saturdays
Park & Gardens: 10.30am-6.00pm (last admission 4.30pm)
House: 1.00pm-5.00pm (last admission 4.30pm)
Walled Garden: Open all year round and is free to enter outside of the published opening dates above
Granary Art Gallery: Open daily from 11.00am-4.00pm all year round
Granary Deli and Café: Open daily (closed Mondays)
Granary Grill: Open daily for lunch and dinner (dinner served Wednesday-Saturday inc.)
Please note that the House, Park & Gardens will be closed between Wednesday 13th and Wednesday 20th August inclusively.
Park & Gardens:
Senior Citizens £5.00
Children (4-14 yrs) £3.50
House, Park & Gardens:
Senior Citizens £7.50
Children (4-14 yrs) £6.00
House, Park & Gardens £23.00
(2 adults & up to 3 children or 1 adult & up to 4 children)
25% Discount for Art Fund members
- National Art Pass
Social History, Natural Sciences, Archives, Costume and Textiles, Fine Art, Architecture, Design, Photography, Decorative and Applied Art, Literature, Personalities
Key artists and exhibits
- van Dyck
- Thomas Weaver
- Robert Edge Pine
- Hugh Douglas Hamilton
- Francis Grant
Philip Huckin & Penelope Timmis Exhibition
- 1 — 31 December 2014 *on now
Two popular artists return to exhibit in the Granary Art Gallery this December – Philip Huckin will be exhibiting a selection of his highly detailed landscape drawings and paintings, many of which are based on the Welsh countryside. His attention to colour and clarity are clearly shown in his paintings. The use of light and shadow, along with the ability to illustrate depth with varying tones and foreground and background create uplifting images for any home.
Philip has spent 33 years in education, 24 of those were spent teaching in secondary schools. Having completed his Masters in painting from Aberystwyth University, Philip now lives in the Ceredigion, Wales concentrating on producing artwork and exhibiting widely in the region and further afield.
We will also be welcoming back South Shropshire artist Penelope Timmis RBSA. Influenced by colour and movement, her brightly coloured floral, animal and landscape paintings will bring a dash of life to any home. She is particularly well known for her farm animal paintings, inspired by her own farmyard, which include cockerels and geese. Having being established for over 10 years, Penelope is an Associate of the Birmingham Society of the Arts and an Associate of the Society of Women Artists.
The Great Estate and the Great War
- 1 July — 31 December 2014 *on now
The 2014 exhibition focuses on the area close to Weston Park and includes the three sons of the 4th Earl of Bradford who all found themselves involved in the conflict and one of whom, Commander the Hon. R.O.B.Bridgeman R.N. who was not to return. In addition to the family at the big house, the lives of estate staff and tenants are considered, including Thomas Wynn who fought for the Kings Shropshire Light Infantry and died aged just eighteen, and also A/CT Sergeant John Gornall who served with the KSLI and returned to Weston under Lizard where he became the village blacksmith. Photographs and medals bring the stories vividly to life and bring a very human and personal side to this international conflict.
- Family friendly
The Granary Art Gallery
- 21 December 2014 10:30am-12:30pm
Head Gardener Martin Gee will take visitors on a walk around the Capability Brown Parkland. Martin will talk about how the landscape has evolved over the centuries and how the legacy of generations of the Earls of Bradford shaped what we see today and Weston Park Foundation’s plans for the future.
This bracing walk takes in sites of historical interest as well as areas of the Park that are not normally accessible to visitors including a rare opportunity to take a look inside the Temple of Diana – a stunning garden building built by James Paine in the 1770?s.
Annual Pass Holders receive 50% off admission
Collections Present and Future – The Conservation of Masterpieces
- 17 — 18 February 2015 10:30am-4pm
Each year, the Weston Park Foundation – the charity that now owns Weston Park – welcomes a team from the University of Cambridge’s Hamilton Kerr Institute to undertake essential conservation works to the House’s outstanding picture collection. Take a privileged look at what the team are doing and see some at-times extraordinary transformations as the experts work to safeguard the house’s internationally famous treasures for future generations.
Join our Curator & Head of Learning, Gareth Williams, for an entertaining and informative talk about the value that all of our treasured possessions can derive from conservation in all of its forms, and enjoy a tour of the House to learn about past, present and future projects being undertaken by the Weston Park Foundation.
The day also includes a delicious two course lunch prepared by our Head Chef Guy Day and his team.
- Any age
£55.00 The cost per person including all entry cost, parking, presentations, coffee, two-course lunch a copy of the guide book. Please telephone 01952 852130 or email email@example.com
Paint, Paper and Plasterwork – the Decoration of the English Country House: A Study Day at Weston Park
- 19 February 2015 10:30am-4pm
Weston Park is renowned for its internationally regarded collections of fine and decorative art which represent one of the gems of English country house collections. Yet, like any important piece of jewellery, the setting is in many cases just as important as the stone at its centre. At Weston Park a roll-call of influential names from English design history have been engaged with the House and its collections including the architects James Paine, William Burn, John MacVicar Anderson, celebrated craftsmen including Morel & Hughes, Thomas Chippendale, the Gobelins tapestry manufactory, Gillows of Lancaster, and interior designers including John Fowler, Guy Elwes, and a number of other decorators employed by the Weston Park Foundation.
Beginning with a lecture about the interior decoration of the English country house through the centuries, by Weston Park's Gareth Williams, the day offers a chance to see plans and schemes for decorative schemes at first hand, together with an informed tour of the House and its collections which encapsulates its decorative history.
- Any age
- Family friendly
The cost per person for each day is just £55.00, including morning coffee, lunch, admission to the House, parking, guidebook and all presentations. Places are limited and early booking is therefore recommended.
For more information and to book places please telephone us on 01952 852130 or email firstname.lastname@example.org