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Cello concert with Guy Johnston – Saturday 7 July 2018

Renowned cellist Guy Johnston will be playing at All Saints Church at Mapperton on the evening of Saturday 7 July. The programme will include three of Bach’s cello suites and other pieces.
Tickets will be £25 and a glass of wine will also be available. Contact office@mapperton.com or call 01308 862645.

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Shakespeare in the Gardens – Twelfth Night 15 July 2018

The Castle Theatre Company from Durham University return to Mapperton with an outdoor performance of Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night on Sunday 15 July 2018.

Performances are at 2.30pm and 6.30pm. Bring a picnic to enjoy before the performance.

Tickets are £15 for adults; £12 for concessions (senior citizens and under-18s), obtainable from the Beaminster Festival Box Office 01308 862943, boxoffice@beaminsterfestival.com and then from the Mapperton Estate office on 01308 862645, or on the gate.

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Musical Shakespeare – Hamlet Sunday 19 August 2018

The Three Inch Fools are a five-strong troupe of actors with all manner of musical instruments, travelling with set, props, costumes and camping gear, performing a highly imaginative and vibrantly musical take on Shakespeare’s plays. This year’s production is Hamlet on Sunday 19 August.

We recommend that you bring blankets/chairs to sit on. Do bring coats and warm clothing, and if rain is forecast bring a raincoat. We ask that you don’t bring umbrellas as these can obscure the view for other people in the audience. In the event of rain the performance will continue! The performance starts at 2.30pm, picnics welcome from 1pm.

The performance is in the grounds at Mapperton at 2.30pm on Sunday 19 August 2018. Tickets are £15 for adults; £12 for concessions (senior citizens and under-18s), obtainable from the Mapperton Estate office on 01308 862645, or on the gate.

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Snowdrop Sundays – 4th and 11th February 2018

Join us for our Snowdrop Sundays in the grounds at Mapperton on 4th and 11th February 2018 from 11am to 4pm.

Come and walk around the grounds and spot the snowdrops as well as other early signs of spring.

The National Gardens Scheme and Perennial, the gardeners’ charity, will benefit from shared proceeds. Coffees, teas and delicious cakes will be available. Entrance is £4.50. Children free.

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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 & Gardens near Beaminster.

Voted the ‘nation’s finest manor house’ by Country Life magazine, Mapperton is the family home of the Earl and Countess of Sandwich.

As part of an ongoing programme of improvements, the conversion of the coach house will also include a new café, commercial kitchen and lavatories. A new access road and parking area were laid this summer.

Luke Montagu, Viscount Hinchingbrooke, said: “We are very pleased that LEADER has chosen to fund this conversion project, which we believe will become Dorset’s finest country house wedding venue, bringing more employment and wider economic benefits to the area.

“The Coach House will be a unique entertainment space which will host weddings and other events for up to 120 people. In addition, we will convert part of the building into a new café alongside other improvements for visitors.

“The building will be heated by our new biomass boiler system, using wood harvested from the estate.

“We hope the work will start in November and expect it to be completed around April next year.

Sir Christopher Lees, chair of the Southern Dorset LAG Executive Committee added: “This project was strongly supported by the Southern Dorset LAG. The money will help provide a far better experience for the visitors to Mapperton, and, in the Committee’s view, promote tourism away from the coast in the beautiful countryside of Dorset.

“We are immensely proud to be able to support this expansion by Mapperton Estate, as it will provide sustainability to the business and added employment in the heart of Dorset.”

The project has been designed by Raise Architects based in Sherborne and led by Andy Foster.

He said: “Converting a 17th century building into a contemporary entertaining space is both challenging and highly rewarding.

“Apart from two new doorways the internal fabric of the building will remain untouched, and visitors will therefore be able to appreciate the exposed stonework, orignal cross beams, wall posts and corbels.

“The building will however benefit from the addition of roof insulation, new timber flooring and many of the external doors will be restored.

“Raise Architects are passionate about finding new uses for historic buildings and are delighted to be working on such an important Dorset conservation project.”

LEADER is part of the Rural Development Programme for England, where the local community decides where grants would have the most benefit. Opportunities to increase the length of the tourist season and create full time, year round employment are priorities for the Southern Dorset Local Action Group.

Grants are European funding and as such are available until 2019. Applications are welcomed by the LAG at any time for capital projects in small and micro businesses, farming, forestry, rural communities and tourism.

 

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Autumn Charity Plant Fair – 17 September 2017

It’s time for our Autumn Plant Fair which takes place on Sunday 17 September. 10am to 4pm. It’s a treat for keen gardeners! This sale is well established and is now in its 15th year. With more than 30 specialist nurseries and plant-related stands, including gifts and plant supports, in the courtyard and side garden. Coffee, teas and light refreshments are available. Admission £3. A percentage of the entry fee will be donated to Weldmar Hospice, Dorchester. More information at www.plantfairs.co.uk

 

 

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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 head of school at a Nottinghamshire comprehensive.

Annemarie, who moved to Chilfrome in Dorset after her retirement, is now helping to set up an education programme for young people in the local community.

“I had been to Mapperton to look round the gardens when we were househunting – and it was absolutely gorgeous,” she said.

“Then my husband mentioned that they were looking for volunteers and I came along to find out more. However – in addition to volunteering – I’ve also been helping Mapperton create its first education programme for schools.

“This is an exciting new venture and we are looking forward to inviting teachers to Mapperton in September so they can see at first hand what a wonderfully rich learning environment it is. Mapperton offers a wealth of opportunities for young learners to explore, engage, and be inspired. ”

Luke Montagu, Viscount Hinchingbrooke, said that Mapperton’s team of volunteers is key to providing visitors with a memorable experience.

“We are always looking for new volunteers to join our team, and would very much like to hear from anyone with an interest in British history who enjoys  meeting and talking to new people.

“We’re very lucky to be working with Annemarie who has kindly volunteered as a tour guide.  With her background as a head of school, Annemarie is also helping us set up a new education programme which we plan to launch later this year.

“All our volunteers come from very diverse backgrounds and each brings something different to their roles here.”

Volunteers are entitled to travel expenses and light refreshments in the Sawmill Café for each visit.

Anyone interested should contact the Estate Office on 01308 862645 or email office@mapperton.com.

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Musical Shakespeare – Twelfth Night Sunday 20 August 2017

The Three Inch Fools are a five-strong troupe of actors with all manner of musical instruments, travelling with set, props, costumes and camping gear, performing a highly imaginative and vibrantly musical take on Shakespeare’s plays.

We recommend that you bring blankets/chairs to sit on. Do bring coats and warm clothing, and if rain is forecast bring a raincoat. We ask that you don’t bring umbrellas as these can obscure the view for other people in the audience. In the event of rain the performance will continue! The performance starts at 2.30pm, picnics welcome from 1pm.

The performance is in the grounds at Mapperton at 2.30pm on Sunday 20 August 2017. Tickets are £15 for adults; £12 for concessions (senior citizens and under-18s), obtainable from the Mapperton Estate office on 01308 862645, or on the gate.

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Easter Garden Trail for children – Easter Monday 17 April

Follow the clues through the gardens on our Easter Monday Trail for children – with a prize at the end! 11am to 3pm on Easter Monday 17 April. Children’s Trail entry £3. Normal garden entry applies for adults.

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Mapperton installs biomass energy system

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 sources.

The installation is being carried out by the 5D Group, based in Plymouth, with ground work by Wedgewood Groundworks from Tiverton.

Biomass is the fourth largest energy source in the world after oil, coal and gas. It involves the production of renewable energy using sustainably managed plant and wood fuels primarily in chip, log or pellet form.