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:
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 Wednesdays; soft play with our colourful blocks and shapes.Term time only – every Wednesday from 18 March, 11am – 3pm.
The stroll into work takes many forms, and staff and volunteers at Compton Verney are most definitely spoiled. Walking as our visitors do along the paths and drives that lead from the car park to the gallery can be a mixed blessing, and there are the odd days when it can be a little too fresh so to speak. However, every now and then, and for many different reasons, we get witness things that make that walk memorable and very special.
Adam Bridge at Compton Verney. © Compton Verney / Gary Webb 2015
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!
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.
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!
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
A quick post today after receipt of some images from Alwyn, our resident bird spotter.
As part of an outreach project we recently welcomed a group of youngsters to site who were immersed in Compton Verney life for a twenty-four hour period – amongst other things this included a camping experience and bird ringing exercise led by Dr Andrew Gosler, university research lecturer in ornithology and conservation at Oxford University. Continue reading
Come and climb a great big tree!! Continue reading
Interested in social media and blogging? Check out this summary of statistics (provided by WordPress.com) following another successful blogging year from the grounds team at Compton Verney:
- This blog was viewed about 8,000 times in 2014.
- There were 332 pictures uploaded, that’s about 6 pictures per week.
- The busiest day of the year was July 19th with 222 views.
- In 2014, there were 68 new posts, growing the total archive of this blog to 126 posts.
- The most commented on post in 2014 was Finish with a Flourish!
- Blog visitors came from 64 countries in all, most visitors coming from the U.K. (The United States & Canada were not far behind though!)
Blogging can at times be a labour of love, but if you love the place you’re at; there’s always something happening and something to talk about. Making time is the key!
Thanks to all who have supported the blog and passed on comments over the last two years – as ever we hope to bring more interesting and diverse stories during 2015! Keep an eye out for the next post in our 2014 month by month review posts – coming very soon! And if you’ve a spare moment, try popping #CVGrounds into Google to see the latest grounds specific tweets!
Gary Webb, Head of Landscape and Gardens at Compton Verney