Entries by Stephen Banks

Saturday 7th July 2018 – Summer Cello Concert with Guy Johnston

Renowned cellist Guy Johnston will be playing at All Saints Church, Mapperton on the evening of Saturday 7 July at 7pm   The programme will include JS Bach’s first three cello suites, along with other selected pieces. Guy is an accomplished international cellist, with a strong West Dorset connection.   Tickets are £25 each, which […]

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 […]

Sunday 15th July 2018 – Shakespeare in the Gardens, Twelfth Night

“If music be the food of love, play on”   The Castle Theatre Company from Durham University returns to Mapperton with two outdoor performances of Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night on Sunday 15 July 2018.   This hilarious yet heart-wrenching classic is a tale of unrequited love, with a shipwreck, mistaken identities, twins and moments of fantastic […]

Sunday 19th August 2018 – Musical Shakespeare, Hamlet

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. This year’s production is Hamlet on Sunday 19 August. We recommend that you bring blankets/chairs to sit on. Do bring […]

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 […]