Entries by Stephen Banks

Summer events and entertainment at Mapperton

A summer of very special events is planned at Mapperton House and Gardens. From the Mapperton Creepy Crawly Show, featuring three days of family fun and a hands-on display of reptiles and insects, to concerts, open-air theatre and a wedding showcase, the stunning setting of Mapperton is set to become a popular venue for entertainment […]

Autumn Plant Fair – Sunday 16 September 2018

Our Autumn Plant Fair at Mapperton is a must for keen gardeners. More than 30 specialist nurseries and garden-related stands from throughout the south-west will offer an unusual and wide choice of herbaceous plants, shrubs and gifts. Sunday 16 September, from 10am to 4pm. Entry to the Plant Fair is £3. Shared proceeds to Cancer […]

Volunteer Ruth discovers the Grand Tour at Mapperton

Ruth Harger, one of Mapperton’s new volunteer guides, says she is excited to be learning about the history of the Montagu family and Mapperton – and the latest display for visitors. Ruth, from Drimpton, who has recently retired after 15 years working in NHS Primary Care, latterly at a Chard medical practice, is joining the […]

Mapperton awarded £140,000 grant for wedding venue conversion

Mapperton Estate has been awarded a grant of almost £140,000 by the Southern Dorset Local Action Group. The LEADER grant of £139,782 will go towards converting a 17th century coach house into a new wedding venue and providing improved facilities for visitors. The project is expected to create seven new jobs at Mapperton House & […]

Would you like to join the Mapperton team of volunteers?

A call has gone out for more volunteers to join the team showing off Mapperton House and Gardens to visitors. Guided tours of the Jacobean manor house near Beaminster give small groups of visitors the opportunity to see inside the family home of the Earl and Countess of Sandwich. One volunteer is Annemarie Henham, former […]

Samuel Pepys exhibit to highlight historic Restoration

Diaries by the 1st Earl of Sandwich and his cousin Samuel Pepys, marking an historic royal moment, will be a highlight for visitors to Mapperton House, this summer. The day King Charles II boarded a ship on the coast of Holland to return from exile on 23 May 1660 was chronicled by both men, who were […]

Mapperton installs biomass energy system

Work has begun on the installation of a new biomass energy system at Mapperton. The 250 kilowatt boiler will provide hot water and heating for Mapperton House, The Sawmill restaurant and nearby properties. Wood from the estate will be harvested and chipped to fuel the boiler as part of Mapperton’s commitment to using sustainable energy […]

Snowdrop Sundays herald the coming of spring

Snowdrops – they’re only tiny, but here at Mapperton we love them because they are one of the first signs of spring! We want to share them on our two popular Snowdrop Sundays on 5 and 12 February 2017. The humble Galanthus nivalis (that’s ancient Greek and Latin for milk-white flower of snow) is among […]

Autumn Charity Garden Fair brought in the crowds

Crowds of green-fingered gardeners made the recent charity Garden Fair at Mapperton House the most successful autumn fair yet. Almost 1,000 plant fans attended the Fair on 18 September and a share of the proceeds will go to Oxfam. More than 25 specialist nurseries took part alongside craft, garden gift and food stands. Lady Sandwich […]

Volunteers needed to join the Mapperton House team!

Mapperton House is recruiting more volunteer guides. Due to a significant increase in visitor numbers this year, extra members of the team are needed to show people round our beautiful Jacobean manor house, family home of the Earl of Sandwich. Maggie Wattling, of South Perrott, has been taking tour groups round the house since the […]