Category Archives: Events and family activities

Find posts here about upcoming events in and around the grounds – including event preparation and ‘mini’ reviews.

Shakespeare and ‘Capability’ Brown at Compton Verney

Compton Verney Art Gallery and Park in south Warwickshire has now opened for the 2016 season with two stunning and well received exhibitions: SHAKESPEARE IN ART – Tempests, Tyrants and Tragedy, and BOYDELL’S VISION – The Shakespeare Gallery in the 18th Century.

It is clear that these exhibitions were scheduled to coincide with the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death, but in addition to those mentioned, there is another anniversary to explore, to discover and enjoy this year at Compton Verney. Continue reading

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Two Events for under 5s at Compton Verney

Are you a carer for an under 5 and keen to engage them with the environment in a fun and healthy way? Do you have some time on a Thursday afternoon, and able to make it to Compton Verney, south Warwickshire? Then the following could well be of interest:

Forest School

Every Thursday to 10 December, 12.30pm – 2.30pm. 

Our popular Early Years Forest School sessions are back! Join us for a terrific two hours of play and discovery in our woods.  All sessions are run by our qualified Forest School Leader and allow children to develop new skills and creative thinking through outdoor activities.

Please purchase your tickets from the Shop at the main gallery (the Ticket Lodge is closed) as they will be checked by the Forest School leader upon entry to the site.

These sessions take place outdoors in all weather conditions so please dress appropriately.
Drop-in session – Included in collections and grounds admission

P.S. Don’t forget – further fun for under 5s can be had during our Teeny Weeny Wednesdayssoft play with our colourful blocks and shapes.Term time only – every Wednesday from 18 March, 11am – 3pm.

Tree Climbing – Last Session October 4th

I bring news of our final tree climbing day of the year at Compton Verney, in a tree overlooking the expansive west lawn and gallery building. Sunday October 4th will see the Big Tree Climbing Company return to host sessions all day long, helping individuals from six upwards to experience the thrill of climbing using ropes and harnesses.

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For all enquiries and booking, please contact the Big Tree Climbing Company direct, via the following link: http://www.bigtreeclimbing.co.uk/event/warwickshire-7/  

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Gain free entry to Compton Verney?!

Do you have an interest in art, museums, heritage and the great outdoors? Or do you, every now and then, like to try lunch in a different venue to the norm… Well, if you answered yes to any of the above, and are in the South Warwickshire area today, Thursday 10th September, I have a proposition for you!

Compton Verney Main Front (c) Compton Verney/Gary Webb 2015

Heritage Open Days returns to Compton Verney, which basically means we’re free entry all day – yes FREE ENTRY! There’s no catch, just visit anytime between 11am and 5pm and see what we’re all about.
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Talk: Hidcote Garden ‘An Arts and Crafts Masterpiece’

Compton Verney doesn’t possess an Arts and Crafts garden, being on the whole an earlier, 18th century creation by Lancelot ‘Capability’ Brown. However, just thirteen miles away in the Cotswold hills sits an Arts and Crafts masterpiece; none other than Hidcote Manor Garden.

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Hidcote Manor Garden © Gary Webb 2015

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Tree Climbing at Compton Verney

This weekend sees the return of organised tree climbing at Compton Verney. Despite a set-back last month when a bee swarm alighted on our favoured London Plane tree, we’re confident for the coming sessions with a choice of two trees now available to the organisers The Great Big Tree Climbing Company.

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Two highly skilled and friendly instructors can help all ages reach new heights in a fantastic tree at Compton Verney. They will teach you how to enter a tree’s canopy using ropes, knots and karabiners, whilst being securely attached in a harness at all times. Once at the top of the tree you will gain an experience which can’t be found on the ground and if you’re feeling brave try some branch walking before being lowered to the ground ! Each session contains a maximum of eight participants, creating a unique and intimate experience.

This Saturday, July 4th. Sessions available from 10:00am to 4:45pm – £18.50 per session + booking fee. Entry to Compton Verney charged separately – free for members and season pass holders.

There are still places remaining on the sessions, which can be booked directly with BTCC via the link below.

BIG TREE CLIMBING COMPANY – Saturday July 4th at Compton Verney

Big Sunday, this Sunday at Compton Verney

Interested in traditional crafts such as thatching, brick making and stone masonry? Maybe hand crafting things from easily found timber, or wood turning and weaving to create chairs for example? Well, Big Sunday, this Sunday at Compton Verney is the place to be!

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Ice House Thatching c2011© Compton Verney/Gary Webb 2015

At Big Sunday you’ll have chance to have a go at some of the activities mentioned above, and hear from wise folk about bee keeping, butterflies, and the geology of Compton Verney. There’s even some traditional folk tales thrown in for good measure!

As always there will be plenty for the family to experience from butterfly walks and open air storytelling sessions to the popular woodland adventure playground.

I hope you’ll agree that this event in particular is an engaging one if you love historic buildings, estates and life that surrounds them.  Do join us for a one-day celebration of plant life, wildlife and traditional crafts. This Sunday from 11am – 5pm. #CVGrounds

Park Life! Big Sunday

14 June 2015