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
Summer Season: Open daily between Saturday 23rd May – Sunday 6th September 2015
The House is closed on Saturday.
The House, Park and Gardens will be closed between Wednesday 19th – Wednesday 26th August 2015 inc.
Park & Gardens Tickets
Children (4-14 years) £3.50
Family (2 adults and up to three children) Includes admission to the house£23.00
House, Park and Gardens Tickets
Children (4-14 years) £6.00
Gift aid prices available.
- 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
Lord Hill, Waterloo, Weston and Shropshire: George Richmond’s Portrait of Lord Hill
- 1 May — 1 August 2015
From the beginning of May, the Granary Art Gallery will host a small exhibition about the Hon. Orlando Bridgeman’s ADC, Rowland Hill, 1st Viscount Hill of Hawkstone and Almarez and his legacy.
The focus of the exhibition will be the loan of the important prime version 1835 portrait of Hill by George Richmond, which has not been seen in public for many years. A sensitive painting in watercolour, the picture was engraved and is illustrated in Edwin Sidney’s Life of Lord Hill (1845) where Sidney eulogised about the painting:
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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 email@example.com
A Young Gentleman at War: Lecture by Gareth Glover
- 6 May 2015
Gareth Glover is a former Royal Naval Officer who has studied the Napoleonic Wars for 40 years. He is now a renowned military historian and foremost expert on British memoirs and archival material from across the world of this fascinating period of history.
Over the last ten years Gareth has brought together many hundreds of eyewitness statements from the Battle of Waterloo, known as the Waterloo Archive, an outstanding documentation of the period.
In 2008, he published “A Young Gentleman at War, the Letters of Captain Orlando Bridgeman. Orlando, youngest son of the 1st Earl of Bradford, was ADC to 1st Viscount Hill, one of the Duke of Wellington’s key generals and this lecture considers his contribution and life in the time of Waterloo.
The lecture will be followed by a three-course dinner in the Granary Grill.
Drinks Reception & Lecture – £15 per person
Lecture & Dinner – £39 per person
To book please contact Juliet Brown on 01952 852130 or e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Waterloo and Weston
- 31 May — 6 September 2015
Take a walk from room to room in the mansion at Weston Park and see how Waterloo, its heroes, and its social and economic impact can be found two hundred years on.
From the Duke of Wellington’s London residence, Apsley House – which appears in Ferneley’s great painting of Mr. Massey Stanley in the Entrance Hall, to banners in the Library which once formed a part of saddle cloths that pulled the Iron Duke’s hearse at his funeral, to paintings and sculptures of the hero of Waterloo, echoes of the Battle are never far away.
Learn about the visit of Wellington’s General Lord Hill and the copious quantities of wine drunk on that occasion, and discover how the Bridgeman family of Weston Park travelled throughout Europe whilst the French Wars raged.