Wimpole Estate - National Trust

Wimpole Estate - National Trust
Old Wimpole Road
Arrington
Royston
Cambridgeshire
SG8 0BW
England

Website

www.nationaltrust.org.uk/wimpole-estate

E-mail

General Enquiries

wimpolehall@nationaltrust.org.uk

Weddings & Functions

wimpolefunctions@nationaltrust.org.uk

Telephone

General Enquiries

01223 206000

Restaurant & Functions

01223 206001

Education

01223 206004

Shop

01223 206017

Fax

General Enquiries

01223 207838

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Mrs Elsie Bambridge, daughter of Rudyard Kipling, bequeathed Wimpole Estate in Cambridgeshire, including the Grade I listed landscaped parkland, to the National Trust in 1976.

Wimpole had a succession of owners from Lord Harley (1711-1740) to the Earls of Hardwicke (1740-1894) and Viscount's Clifden, before being bought by Elsie Bambridge in 1930's and has a roll-call of celebrated architects and landscape designers who have worked on it, each contributing their own layer to its varied history.

Venue Type:

Historic house or home, Agricultural site, Garden, parklands or rural site

Opening hours

Hall 9 Feb-3 Nov Saturday to Thursday 11am-5pm
Home Farm 5 Jan-8 Feb Saturday and Sunday 11am-4pm; 9 Feb-3 Nov Daily 10:30am-5pm; 9 Nov-29 Dec 11-4 Saturday and Sunday
Garden, Restaurant and Shop 1 Jan-8 Feb Daily 11am-4pm; 9 Feb-3 Nov Daily 10:30am-5pm; 4 Nov-31 Dec 11-4 Daily 11am-4pm
Park Open Daily all year Dawn till dusk
Home Farm, garden, restaurant and shops: open 1-7 Jan, 27-31 Dec 11am-4pm
Stable shop and café: open 26 Dec 11am-4pm
Bookshop open same days as Shop but times may vary.

Admission charges

Gift Aid Admission (Standard Admission prices in brackets)
Hall, garden and farm: £16.10 (£14.50), child £8.40 (£7.60), family £40.70 (£36.80).
Groups (15+) £13.60, child £7.10.
Hall and garden: £10.70 (£9.60), child £5.80 (£5.20), family £30 (£27.10).
Groups (15+) £9.10, child £4.90.
Garden only: £4.50 (£4.00), child £2.40 (£2.10), family £12.90 (£11.60).
Groups (15+) £3.80, child £2.
Farm only: £8.40 (£7.90), child £5.80 (£5.20), family £26.20 (£23.70).
Groups (15+) £7.40, child £4.90.
Farm (members): £3.95 (£3.55), child £2.60 (£2.35), family £12.20 (£11).
Groups (15+) £3.95, child £2.35.
Discount voucher when arriving by bicycle or public transport.
Under 5s are free at Farm

Discounts

  • National Trust

Wimpole Hall with over thirty show rooms including Yellow Drawing Room; Plunge Bath; Chancellors Bedroom and Basements. Wimpole Home Farm set amidst eighteenth century thatched farm buildings is the largest rare breeds centre in East Anglia. Working Walled Kitchen Garden. Archaeology Walks in parkland.

Collection details

Agriculture, Archaeology, Architecture, Fine Art, Personalities, Science and Technology, Social History

Key artists and exhibits

  • Sir John Soane; James Gibbs; Charles Bridgeman; Humphrey Repton; Sanderson Miller; Capability Brown.
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.
Hedge

Hedge Laying Course

  • 1 November 2014 9:30am-4pm

The course content includes the proper use of hand tools, side up and remove unwanted branches and stems on the hedge, cut and lay the pleachers with axe and hand saw, how to stake the laid hedge, and how to bind the stakes with withies.

Suitable for

  • 18+
  • Not suitable for children

Admission

Adult £90.00.

Website

http://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/wimpole-estate/things-to-see-and-do/events/

Shire horse

Heavy Horse Driving Course for Beginners

  • 29 April 2014 10am-4pm
  • 7 May 2014 10am-4pm
  • 24 May 2014 10am-4pm
  • 28 May 2014 10am-4pm
  • 10 June 2014 10am-4pm
  • 16 June 2014 10am-4pm
  • 1 July 2014 10am-4pm
  • 6 July 2014 10am-4pm
  • 19 July 2014 10am-4pm

The course begins with grooming to familiarise yourself with the horses, followed by harnessing and walking behind a Shire giving him directions via the reins and verbal instructions. Then you progress to driving a sledge on grassland, manoeuvring around trees. In the afternoon, you have the opportunity to take the reins driving a one horse cart through the Park. At the end of the day, if you don't want to rush away, you can help stable and feed the horses, or put them out in the field.

Suitable for

  • 18+
  • 16-17

Admission

£125 per person. Booking Essential 0844 2491895.

Website

http://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/visit/whats-on/

Wimpole Estate

Hamlets, HaHa's and Bowling Greens

  • 2 May 2014 11:30am-3pm
  • 7 May 2014 11:30am-3pm
  • 16 May 2014 11:30am-3pm
  • 24 May 2014 11:30am-3pm

Join one of our walking guides on a short tour in the park. We start our walk outside the Stable Block and you will learn a little of Wimpole's history on a gentle hour long meander.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Website

http://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/visit/whats-on/

photograph of fungi

Woodlands and Folly Walk

  • 3 May 2014 10:30am-12pm
  • 10 May 2014 10:30am-12pm
  • 18 May 2014 10:30am-12pm
  • 26 May 2014 10:30am-12pm
  • 1 June 2014 10:30am-12pm
  • 7 June 2014 10:30am-12pm
  • 21 June 2014 10:30am-12pm
  • 5 July 2014 10:30am-12pm
  • 12 July 2014 10:30am-12pm

A free guided 3 mile walk across the estate, accompanied by one of the Walks team, passing through woodland and parkland, seeing the estate from a different viewpoint.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Website

http://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/visit/whats-on/

photograph of ashdown

Walking the Boundaries

  • 3 May 2014 1-3:30pm
  • 10 May 2014 1-3:30pm
  • 18 May 2014 1-3:30pm
  • 1 June 2014 1-3:30pm
  • 7 June 2014 1-3:30pm
  • 15 June 2014 1-3:30pm
  • 21 June 2014 1-3:30pm
  • 5 July 2014 1-3:30pm
  • 12 July 2014 1-3:30pm
  • 20 July 2014 1-3:30pm

A free guided 5-6 mile ramble across the estate, accompanied by one of the Walks team, passing through woodland and parkland, seeing the estate from a different viewpoint.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Website

http://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/visit/whats-on/

People running

Wimpole 5k and 10k

  • 18 May 2014 9:30am-1pm

This undulating trail run will take in much of the woodland, lakes, folly and spectacular views that Wimpole has to offer.

Suitable for

  • 18+

Admission

Booking essential. Adult £18.00 - 10k, Adult £9.00 - 5k.

Website

http://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/visit/whats-on/

Shire horse

Spend a Day with the Heavy Horse Department

  • 21 May 2014 10:30am-4:30pm
  • 9 June 2014 10:30am-4:30pm
  • 18 June 2014 10:30am-4:30pm
  • 15 July 2014 10:30am-4:30pm
  • 21 July 2014 10:30am-4:30pm

Learn about the care and work that goes into keeping these gentle giants. Join Emma and her team and experience grooming the horses; working with Emma to exercise one horse; being involved in whatever other activities are happening on the day which could include harness cleaning and mucking out. Suitable for 16 years and over

Suitable for

  • 18+
  • 16-17

Admission

£60.00 per person. Booking Essential 0844 2491895.

Website

http://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/visit/whats-on/

Girl peering through the trees

Climb A Tree

  • 24 May 2014 10:30am-4:30pm

Two highly skilled and friendly instructors can help all ages reach new heights in a fantastic tree at Wimpole. Climb into a tree's canopy using ropes, knots and karabiners, whilst being securly attached in a harness at all times and if you're feeling brave take the zip wire back down! These sessions will run hourly from 10:30 - 16:30.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

£18.00 per person. Booking Essential 0844 2491895.

Website

http://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/visit/whats-on/

Big eared townsend bat

Wild About Bats

  • 30 — 31 May 2014 8:30-10:30pm

Discover some of the many bat species found at Wimpole on this guided walk into the park.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Adults £6.00, Children 5-17 £4.00. Under 5s free.

Website

http://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/visit/whats-on/

photgoraph of sheep

Hand Sheep Shearing Course

  • 31 May 2014 9:30am-4pm

The course content includes how to sharpen and use the shears, how to handle the sheep ready for shearing, how to wrap the fleece and grade the wool, how to trim the feet and age the sheep - and at the end of the day you can take home the fleece you have sheared from the sheep!

Suitable for

  • 18+

Admission

£90.00. Booking Essential 0844 2491895.

Website

http://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/visit/whats-on/

Cattle eating hay

Scything Beginners Course

  • 28 June 2014 9:30am-4pm

The course includes setting up the scythe ready for mowing, how to mow efficiently and effectively, how to hone the blade to keep it sharp while cutting, how to peen the blade after it has been worn down by countless amounts of honing and how to cure the cut grass to make hay.

Suitable for

  • 18+

Admission

£60.00. Booking Essential 0844 249189.

Website

http://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/visit/whats-on/

Making charcoal

Charcoal Making and Woodland Produce Conversion

  • 5 — 6 July 2014 9:30am-4pm

An introduction to making charcoal and using traditional woodland tools including axes, two man saws, mauls, levers, wedges and other implements.

Suitable for

  • 18+

Admission

£160.00 per person. Booking Essential. Enquiries to simon.damant@nationaltrust.org.uk.

Website

http://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/visit/whats-on/

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