Spring has definitely arrived at Loseley Park and summer is just around the corner. The daffodils and narcissi have been glorious on the estate and the bluebells will be at their best in a week or two. We have new life on the estate too! Moorhen chicks on the moat and Egyptian goose chicks on the lake.
With only a week to go until our Spring Garden Show there is a lot of last minute activity and preparations in the garden to ensure we will be ready to welcome droves of garden-enthusiasts. The show is held in our Walled Gardens and runs over three days (22nd – 24th April). Amongst the plentiful nurseries exhibiting, there will be Whichford Pottery (Friday and Saturday only), garden accessories, furniture, driftwood sculpture, water features, all manner of garden miscellany and food stalls and a chance to preview our spectacular spring bedding displays before we open for the season. The Show opens 10.00am – 5.00pm each day and ticket prices are £3.50 for adults, £3.00 for concessions and Under 16s go free. The ground floor of Loseley House will be open on Sunday only from 12pm – 5pm and entry is £3.00.
We are looking forward to our slightly earlier opening date this season. The House and Gardens will be open to the public from Monday 25th April (closed to the public on Fridays and Saturdays), the day after our Spring Garden Show. The House closes to the public at the end of August and the Gardens at the end of September. Our new guide book has arrived just in time for the start of the open season and there are some wonderful pictures in it. It will be available to buy from the shop and kiosk throughout the open season. The Gift Shop and the Tea Room will also be open throughout the season – remember that there is no entry charge to come and have a browse and a cup of tea!
Our performance of Jane Austen at Home last month was a great success and proved to be a most enjoyable evening. Held in the Great Hall of the House and with Hannah Lee playing Austen, she read passages from her novels and letters to members of her family. The evening was rounded off with a delicious post-performance dinner in the Tithe Barn provided by Caper & Berry.