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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.

The transformed Sawmill Cafe reopens

Visitors enjoying lunch outside The Sawmill Café at Mapperton House & Gardens

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 a tribute to what is often acknowledged to be the original sandwich invented by his ancestor.

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.

Cheese Ploughmans

As well as catering for visitors it is hoped that the Sawmill Café will attract residents too, providing good value local food and – when combined with the Coach House – a space for groups and business meetings.

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. Available for weddings, parties and corporate hire, a calendar of events is being developed including classical music with Cellist Guy Johnston on 7 July, and a gig with local band the Skimmity Hitchers on 15 September.

If you would like to discuss hiring our new space for a private event or party please contact events@mapperton.com