Acton Court Summer Events 2017

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Friday 7, Wednesday 12, Saturday 15 July

Getting close to nature

with Chris Sperring MBE

An Evening of Wildlife

Join broadcaster and conservationist, Chris Sperring MBE, for an evening of wildlife stories, followed by a conducted nature walk in the grounds of Acton Court to watch and listen to owls, bats and other creatures of the dimpsy darkness.

Group size is limited to a maximum of 20.


Chris Sperring is a well known wildlife broadcaster and conservationist and a regular contributor to Radio 4’s The Living World.

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Friday 14 July

Scent and Symbolism: posies worthy of Henry and Anne

Enjoy an evening at Acton Court exploring the significance of flowers in the Tudor period

Scent and Symbolism: posies worthy of Henry and Anne

Jo Wright, Organic Blooms director and head horticulturalist, will give a presentation about the gardens of Tudor times followed by a tour of Acton Court’s own organic Tudor style gardens. Organic Blooms head florist Wendy Paul will guide you through making a Tudor Nosegay or ‘tussie mussie’ (from ‘tuse’ meaning ‘knot of flowers’ and ‘mose’ referring to the damp moss used to wrap the stems) to take home.

Materials are provided and you will be treated to refreshments based on Tudor recipes.

Group size is limited to a maximum of 20.


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Saturday 22 July

Sounds and Sweet Airs

Sarah Deere-Jones harps and voice, with Phil Williams

Sounds and Sweet Airs

The harp was the primary stringed instrument in England from the 10th century. It was a favourite of many of our medieval kings and queens and played both by humble touring minstrels and famous troubadours. Sarah uses reproduction Medieval, Tudor and modern harps, and is accompanied by Phil Williams on bagpipes, hurdy-gurdy, cittern and hammered dulcimer. She brings alive the magical music and songs of the past with her own acclaimed compositions for the modern lever harp and a blend of haunting songs, dazzling instrumentals and a large helping of dry humour.


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Sunday 13 August

The Lion and The Rose: Courtiers of Grace

Music celebrating Henry VIII, his wife Anne Boleyn and their daughter Elizabeth I

The Lion and The Rose

Courtiers of Grace weave Tudor music around the passionate love story of Anne Boleyn and Henry VIII as told in their own words. Both were skilled musicians; here are love songs written by Henry himself, and selected from Anne’s personal book. The fruit of this musical union was Elizabeth, the ‘lion’s cub’, patroness to the great composers of the English Renaissance.

Clare Wilkinson – voice
Jacob Heringman – lute
Kirsty Whatley – harp
Gawain Glenton – cornetto / recorders
Stephen Wilkinson – reader


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Amenities

Tea and home made cakes are available during opening hours.

There is partial access for disabled visitors. Parking and loos on site.

 

Artists are welcome to paint in the grounds (no oils). Entrance fee applies.

 

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