Summer events Mapperton

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.

Star musicians playing at Mapperton concerts on 12 September and 2 October

Four internationally acclaimed musicians are to perform at two concerts this autumn in All Saints Church, beside Mapperton House.  In the first concert on 12th September tenor Mark Padmore will sing Dowland and Schubert, accompanied by guitarist Morgan Szymanski, and on 2nd October Steven Isserlis will play three Bach sonatas accompanied by Maggie Cole on the harpsichord.  

We are sorry that the Steven Isserlis concert is now full. 

To book tickets for Mark Padmore on 12th September please call 01308 862 645 or email

Saturday 12th September 2015 7.00pm

Mark Padmore and Morgan Szymanski

Mark Padmore after a choral scholarship to King’s College, Cambridge, graduated with an honours degree in music. Now he has a flourishing career in opera, concert and recital. His appearances in Bach Passions are famous especially his performances as Evangelist in the St Matthew and St John Passions with the Berlin Philharmonic and Sir Simon Rattle.

Morgan Szymanski is described as ‘a player destined for future glories’ and has been highlighted as ‘One to Watch’ by both Gramophone Magazine and the BBC Music Magazine. Featured on the cover of Classical Guitar Magazine, Morgan Szymanski was recently selected as a finalist for the ‘Outstanding Young Artist Award’.


DOWLAND:  Come ye heavy states of night
DOWLAND:  Come again, sweet love
DOWLAND:  Now, O now I needs must part
ROTH:  The Unicorn in the Garden (guitar solo)
ROTH:  My Lute and I (words by Thomas Wyatt)


SCHUBERT:  Heidenröslein
SCHUBERT:  Des Fischersliebesglück
SCHUBERT:  Der Jüngling an der Quelle  
TIPPETT:  Songs for Achilles
ROTH:  Chinese Gardens (words by Vikram Seth)
ROTH:  Lights Out (words by Edward Thomas)                       

Friday 2nd October 2015 7.00pm

Steven Isserlis and Maggie Cole

Steven Isserlis is famous worldwide for his musicianship and interpretation. A British cellist, he enjoys a vastly distinguished career as a soloist, chamber musician and educator. ‘The music world – and music itself – is infinitely richer for the presence of Steven Isserlis.’ Gramophone Magazine
Maggie Cole performs outstandingly on harpsichord, fortepiano and piano. As well as BBC Radio 3 and festivals, she has performed from Seattle to Moscow, from Finland to India. In addition to solo recitals – with Bach’s ‘Goldberg Variations’ a speciality, she frequently performs with partners including Michael Chance counter and Steven Isserlis.


Bach, Johann Sebastian

Viola da Gamba and harpsichord Sonata in G Major, BWV 1027
I.          Allegro ma non tanto
II         Andante
III        Allegro moderato

Viola da Gamba and harpsichord Sonata in D Major BWV 1028
I.          Adagio
II.        Allegro
III.       Andante
IV.       Allegro

Viola da Gamba and harpsichord in G Minor BWV 1029
I.          Vivace
II.        Adagio
III.       Allegro