Entries by Stephen Banks

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 & […]

Autumn Charity Plant Fair – 17 September 2017

It’s time for our Autumn Plant Fair which takes place on Sunday 17 September. 10am to 4pm. It’s a treat for keen gardeners! This sale is well established and is now in its 15th year. With more than 30 specialist nurseries and plant-related stands, including gifts and plant supports, in the courtyard and side garden. Coffee, teas […]

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 […]

Musical Shakespeare – Twelfth Night Sunday 20 August 2017

The Three Inch Fools are a five-strong troupe of actors with all manner of musical instruments, travelling with set, props, costumes and camping gear, performing a highly imaginative and vibrantly musical take on Shakespeare’s plays. We recommend that you bring blankets/chairs to sit on. Do bring coats and warm clothing, and if rain is forecast […]

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 […]

Brassica restaurant to run The Sawmill at Mapperton

Mapperton House and Gardens is delighted to announce a new partnership with an award-winning West Dorset restaurant. Cass Titcombe and Louise Chidgey of Brassica restaurant in nearby Beaminster will take over the management of Mapperton’s café, The Sawmill, from the beginning of April. Brassica is the only restaurant in Dorset to appear in The Sunday […]

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 […]

Snowdrop Sundays – 5 and 12 February 2017

See the first signs of spring on our Snowdrop Sundays in the gardens here at Mapperton. Gardens open 11am to 4pm on 5 and 12 February 2017. Teas, coffees and cakes available at the Sawmill Cafe. Admission £4.50, under-16s free. Proceeds will support the National Gardens Scheme and Perennial, the gardeners’ charity.