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 […]
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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 […]
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 […]
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.
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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: […]
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 […]