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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 of all kinds.

Mapperton’s new Sawmill Café and Coach House venue are at the heart of the packed events calendar, providing a fully equipped space for all kinds of entertainment, with delicious food on offer from the Café team.

The Creepy Crawly Show will be held from August Bank Holiday Monday until Wednesday 28 August when there will be the chance to explore World Life Conservation’s collection of exotic creatures from around the world including spiders, scorpions, centipedes, millipedes, cockroaches, stick insects, snakes, lizards, tortoises and more.

Open-air Shakespeare is back with a musical version of Hamlet on 19 August in the gardens and The Skimmity Hitchers are performing their very own very special brand of “scrumpy and western” in The Coach House at 2pm on Saturday 15 September.

A Wedding Showcase will be held on Saturday 8 September to let brides and grooms-to-be see how their dream day can become reality at Mapperton.

The ever-popular Autumn Charity Plant Fair on 16 September brings the summer season to a close.

Viscount Hinchingbrooke says: “We have put together a magnificent calendar of summer events, with something for all ages to enjoy.

“The new Sawmill Café and Coach House provide a wonderful base for us to hold shows and activities, with outstanding locally-sourced food & drink.

“We’re hoping Mapperton will become a really popular new venue in the Beaminster area for entertainment, corporate events, weddings and celebrations of all kinds.

“We are lucky to live in such a beautiful place and we are looking forward to sharing it with more visitors.”

The Sawmill Café and the adjoining Coach House venue have been transformed with the aid of a £140,000 LEADER grant from the Southern Dorset Local Action Group, which aims to support rural businesses and promote tourism away from coastal areas.

The Coach House is a new multi-purpose events space with seating for up to 120 or 200 standing. It is equipped with a full AV system, controllable lighting and is heated by a new biomass boiler.

2018 Mapperton Events Calendar

Sunday 19 August – Musical Shakespeare in the Gardens – Hamlet

The Three Inch Fools are a five-strong troupe of actors with all manner of musical instruments, performing a highly imaginative and vibrantly musical take on Shakespeare’s plays. 2.30pm.

Monday 27 August to Weds 29 August. The Mapperton Creepy Crawly Show. Free with paid entry to Mapperton Gardens.

Saturday 8 September – Mapperton Wedding Showcase.

Saturday 15 September – Skimmity Hitchers at the Coach House. 2.30pm.

Sunday 16 September – Autumn Charity Plant Fair. 10am to 4pm. Share of proceeds to Cancer Research UK.

Autumn Plant Fair

Autumn Plant Fair – Sunday 16 September 2018

Our Autumn Plant Fair at Mapperton is a must for keen gardeners.

More than 30 specialist nurseries and garden-related stands from throughout the south-west will offer an unusual and wide choice of herbaceous plants, shrubs and gifts.

Sunday 16 September, from 10am to 4pm. Entry to the Plant Fair is £3. Shared proceeds to Cancer Research UK.

The Sawmill Cafe will be open for refreshments.

snowdrop sundays mapperton

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 the first of the flowers to show their face.

Come to the Gardens and see the carpet of white spreading under the beech trees and alongside the paths in the spring garden.

The daffodils should be on their way too and velvety buds are appearing on the trees.

Snowdrop Sundays – two chances to visit

The Gardens will be open from 11am to 4pm on each of the Snowdrop Sundays.

Admission is £4.50 for adults and under-16s can come in for free. Proceeds will support the National Gardens Scheme and Perennial, the gardeners’ charity.

Thanks to the volunteers from the National Gardens Scheme locally, tea, coffee and a wonderful array of cakes will be available in the cosy Sawmill Café.

Don’t miss the chance to see the back of winter and join us soon.

“All the snow will melt; the cold winds will be driven away; we shall rule; all will become green, and then you will have companions, syringas, laburnums, and roses; but you are the first, so graceful, so delicate!” 

Extract from The Snowdrop, by Hans Christian Andersen.

Autumn Charity Garden Fair

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 said: “ We were delighted that so many people took advantage of a perfect day and came to the Fair, which was our most successful autumn sale so far.

“Over the years many charities, both local and national, have benefited from the spring and autumn fairs.

“People who came to the Fair stayed on to take a walk around the gardens gardens or joined a guided tour of the house and enjoyed refreshments in the Sawmill Café. We are very much looking forward to the next plant fair in April.”

Don’t forget that Mapperton House and Gardens are open to the public until the end of October. We look forward to seeing you.

Mapperton cream tea

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 are the Top Ten cream tea etiquette tips, courtesy of the Cream Tea Society.

  • Loose-leaf is best. Brew loose leaves in a cup, but remember to serve a second pot of hot water – just in case you’ve over-brewed.
  • If you don’t want to pour, don’t sit near the pot. The person nearest the pot should pour for everyone (if you’re clumsy, best make sure it’s not you).
  • Make the perfect brew. Allow the tea to brew for at least three minutes before pouring – time enough for the full flavour to infuse.
  • Tea before milk. Pour the tea first, followed by milk (so you can accurately judge the required strength) and then sugar.
  • Spoons on saucers, please. Once you’ve stirred, place your spoon on your saucer (think of the table cloth).
  • No outstretched pinkies! Always hold the cup between your thumb and forefinger. Contrary to popular opinion, sticking your little finger out does not a lady/gentleman make.
  • No knives needed. The perfect scone should break apart with a simple twist but they’re very useful for spreading the jam and cream!  Just make sure you’ve got your saucer to catch the crumbs.
  • Spoon then spread. If the table is laden with bowls of jam and cream, spoon your desired amount onto your plate first, before spreading them thick on your scone.
  • Jam before cream. While there’s much debate around which goes first (a dispute dividing Cornwall and Devon), etiquette gurus Debrett’s say you should spread your jam before dolloping cream on top.
  • A final word. Never use whipped cream. It’s utterly improper.