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Could you be a volunteer guide at Mapperton?

One of the 18th century’s most infamous and shocking murders has a particular resonance for one of the volunteer guides at Mapperton House and Gardens. Singer Katharine Halliwell, joined the team of guides at Mapperton, near Beaminster, this year. Katharine, who is well-known classical soloist soprano, who performs as Katharine Fuge, was fascinated to learn […]

October Halloween Fun Days

Thursday 25th October, Friday 26th October and Saturday 27th October 11am to 4pm Twitch the Witch show times: 11.30am 12.30pm 1.30pm, 2.30pm and 3.30pm Hair-raisingly fantastic half term activities for the whole family including gunge-packed game shows from Strawberry Jam’s Twitch the Witch and blood-tinged entertaining enactments from an olden days tormented Surgeon. Are your kids too […]

Mapperton Wedding Showcase 2018

Say “I do” to discovering Dorset’s finest country house wedding venue on Saturday 8th September when we open our doors for the Mapperton Wedding Showcase. View Mapperton dressed in elegant splendour, sample potential dishes for your wedding breakfast, taste fine wines, wander the stunning gardens and find your inspiration for a truly romantic and happy […]

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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 […]

27th, 28th, 29th August – Mapperton Creepy Crawly Show

Go wild this summer with the Mapperton Creepy Crawly Show! Bank Holiday Monday 27th August, Tues 28th August & Weds 29th August 10am to 4pm Free with paid entry to Mapperton Gardens Join us to explore exotic animals from around the world including spiders, scorpions, centipedes, millipedes, cockroaches, stick insects, snakes, lizards, tortoises and more! […]

The transformed Sawmill Cafe reopens

West Dorset has a new eating and meeting space with the reopening of our Sawmill Café and Coach House. And as befits the family home of the Earl and Countess of Sandwich, Lord Sandwich himself has created a range of sandwiches based on classic British favourites, including roast beef with watercress and horseradish sauce, as […]

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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 […]

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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 & […]

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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 […]