Free day at Stowe
This year marks the 30th anniversary of the gardens and park at Stowe coming into the care of the National Trust. To celebrate, the charity will be opening its doors free of charge on July 26, from 10am – 5pm, for people to explore this monumental garden and enjoy the festivities.
Working together, the National Trust, Stowe House Preservation Trust and Stowe Church have created a day of activities.
Things to see and do:
- Explore the 250 acres of landscape gardens and 750 acres of parkland
- Take a tour of the gardens
- The Brackley Morris Dancers performed at Stowe in the 18th century, and can be seen performing again at 12.45pm and 1.45pm in the New Inn Courtyard
- Meet the Stowe House Preservation Trust team at Queen’s Temple to discover the history of Stowe and hear all about restoration work being carried out
- Chat to the team about joining as a member, becoming a volunteer or supporting the cause through fundraising
- Sample some Pound cake from the café to celebrate the 30th birthday. It is an 18th century recipe unique to Stowe, and all proceeds go towards the restoration of the gardens and park
- Children can colour in and make their own temple in the Western Lake Pavilion
- Find the hidden gem of Stowe Church at the heart of the gardens and enjoying a cup of tea and some cake
- Listen to the church bells ring at 11am. They rang 30 years ago, on the day the National Trust first opened the gardens to visitors
- Children can try some of the National Trust’s ‘50 things to do before you’re 11 ¾’ with the free family explorer guide – take one from the visitor welcome centre when you arrive
- Delve into a treasure trove of second-hand reads in the Hayloft Bookshop
- Chat to Sevy the assistant head gardener about some of the items he has found through the restoration of the garden, on Pegg’s Terrace
- Take part in a butterfly count and spend 15 minutes in the meadows to record what you see to help wildlife conservation
Visit nationaltrust.org.uk/stowe to find out more about the event. The activities, entrance to the Stowe and car parking will all be free of charge on July 26.