Shugborough Estate - National Trust Press Release

Published: 18 October 2018


National Trust Press Release

Date: 16/10/18




Exciting adventures at Shugborough at October Half Term


This October half term, make a trip to Shugborough Estate to enjoy the very best of what nature has to offer. The National Trust property in Staffordshire is the perfect place to get the most out of your day, with activities and adventures for all the family.


Shugborough will be hosting a series of trails all across the estate. Try and find all of the pumpkin faces across the gardens, and learn about all the seasonal activity in the walled garden. Let your little explorers' imagination embark on a journey with our sea-faring storyteller at Explorer’s Tales on the 27th October. Tickets are £3 with accompanying adults free. Then, on the 28th, make your own besom broom using birch twigs harvested from woodland on the estate. Each broom costs £3, and the event is subject to resource availability. Be sure to head over to their play area ‘Explorer’s Wood’ and have a go on the zip wire, and try to complete you ’50 things to do before you’re 11¾’ booklet. At Shugborough you can fly a kite, play conkers and play pooh sticks down at Essex Bridge.


There is no better place to be than Shugborough when the season’s change. The Estate covers 900 acres of Grade 1 listed Parkland, full of a variety of tree species that will all turn into a fiery spectacular with the cooler weather. For the more adventurous explorers, why not take your four legged friend on a walk? The National Trust looks after land as far as Great Haywood Cliffs and Stafford Plantation. Make sure you ask at visitor reception for one of the walks maps.


Marie Smith, Shugborough’s Events officer says ‘Shugborough has something to offer everything this half term. Don’t stay indoors, wrap up warm and come to play and get engaged with nature’.


Visit the Georgian Mansion, and discover the treasures that were returned by George Anson. Don’t forget to grab a timed ticket to visit the apartment of the late Lord Lichfield, a royal photographer to the stars. This time of year is the time of the harvest. Shugborough has a spectacular walled garden, full of tasty produce that is used in the tea rooms and can be bought for a small donation. After you’ve soaked up this special part of Staffordshire’s heritage, treat yourself to a tasty cream tea from the cafes and why not start your Christmas shopping early in the shops?


It is never too early to start thinking about Christmas, so put Shugborough at the top of your list for a festive visit. From the beginning of December, the Mansion will be decorated for the season. Come along to the carol evening on the 7th and the lantern parades on the 21st and 22nd December.


The site is open year round, only closing on Christmas day. The National Trust is a charity, meaning that your memberships, visits and any money you spend whilst on site, all goes towards caring for Shugborough Estate. Buying a membership will also allow you entrance into over 500 other National Trust properties, including Wightwick Manor and Gardens in Wolverhampton, Biddulph Grange Garden near Stoke-on-Trent and Attingham Park near Shrewsbury.


Please check Shugborough’s website to book onto events. Shugborough Estate is open Monday –Sunday 9.00am-6.00pm, and is closed on Christmas day. Normal admissions apply to the site.


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Shugborough, described as ‘a perfect paradise’, was home to the Anson family. It is a rare example of a complete working estate, with all major buildings including a mansion house, servant’s quarters, working farm and walled garden.


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Lucy Bickley