Entries by Stephen Banks

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 […]

Shakespeare in the Garden – it’s Much Ado About Nothing!

Pack a picnic and join us here in the garden at Mapperton to enjoy the open-air experience of one of Shakespeare’s greatest and most timeless comedies. Much Ado About Nothing, will be performed on Saturday and Sunday, 16 and 17 July. Touring from the University of Durham, the Castle Theatre Company presents the tale of […]

Mapperton celebrates National Cream Tea Day in style

Please do come to tea at Mapperton on Friday 24 June – and help us celebrate National Cream Tea Day! On that day a garden entry ticket will be £10, which will include a delicious cream tea – using Mapperton Jam – at the Sawmill Café. And because we like to do things properly, here […]

Beaminster Quire turns back the clock at Mapperton

The clock is being turned back a couple of centuries at Mapperton, near Beaminster, on 19 June. All Saints’ Church, which is attached to Mapperton House, is hosting an afternoon concert of ‘West Gallery’ music by Beaminster Gallery Quire, who specialise in the lively village church music of former times. Quire director Ron Emett said: […]

Mapperton hosts a treat for gardeners

Keen gardeners are in for a treat when they get the chance to visit Dorset’s largest charity specialist Plant Fair and spend a day discovering beautiful Mapperton House and Gardens. This is the 17th year that Mapperton, near Beaminster, has hosted the Fair, being held this year on Sunday 10 April. The Earl and Countess of […]

Mapperton’s piece of chocolate history

Mapperton House, now the family seat of the 11th Earl of Sandwich, opens its doors to visitors on Easter Sunday. And chocolate lovers have reason to thank the 1st Earl of Sandwich for introducing the 17th century’s fashionable treat that could have led to today’s chocolate Easter eggs, via the choc-ice! Almost a century before the 4th Earl, his […]

Mapperton to open its doors to more visitors in 2016

Following last year’s record number of visitors to Mapperton House and its gardens, the Jacobean mansion – which featured in the 2015 film of Far from the Madding Crowd – will be open for guided tours in the afternoons, five days a week, from Easter Sunday until the end of October. The house overlooks the stunning Italianate garden with topiary, grottos and pools, leading to a wild […]