Acton Court Open Days 2019

News and updates on 2019 events are posted on this page.

National Garden Scheme Open Days:
Roses in June at Acton Court

The gardens at Acton Court will open for three Sundays (2 June, 9 June, 16 June) in support of the National Garden Scheme charities.

Acton Court will be sponsoring free special events and a ticketed concert to accompany the openings.

Light refreshments will be available.



National Garden Scheme  Open Days

Entry to Garden Pay at Door

Sunday 2 June
Sunday 9 June
Sunday 16 June

National Garden Scheme Open Days

Acton Court will be sponsoring free special events and a ticketed concert to accompany the openings.

This is the first time in many years that Acton Court will be open to the public in June. Visitors will have the opportunity of seeing a wide variety of early English, wild and traditional roses in Acton Court’s walled South Court.

Light refreshments will be available.

Garden open 11am - 5pm
Adult: £5 Pay at the Door
Children: Free

View Acton Court on the NGS website

A Rose walk with Historic Gardener Mike Brown

Sunday 2 June

The Tudor Garden

Featuring Rose walks with Historic Gardener Mike Brown at 11:30am, 1:30am and 3pm.

Take a walk around Acton Court’s garden with historic gardener Mike Brown as he explains the interesting story of roses. In history roses were symbols of Aphrodite and Venus, Christ, Romantic Love, and they had practical uses in medicine, food flavouring and cosmetics. A wonderful opportunity to learn more about the nation’s favourite flower.

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The Historic Gardener

The Historic Gardener provides a fascinating insight into the plants and gardens of bygone times. Suitable for heritage gardens, museums, schools, garden societies and country fairs.

For centuries England has had its gardens, and gardening is still one of our greatest leisures, but the lives and working methods of the gardeners who toiled to maintain the pleasure gardens of the wealthy or the peasants who had to grow their own food have been forgotten.

The Historic Gardener provides talks and displays on gardening that give a fascinating insight into the gardens, plants and tools of bygone times.

Whether you wanted to eat, appear more beautiful, relieve pain, improve a meal or kill a few rats, there were plants for every need.

Mike Brown’s book Death in the Garden is available now.

  @thehistoricgardener
  @tudorgardener
  historicgardener.co.uk

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Organic Blooms will be on site with a stall selling plants. Staff will be guiding visitors through making a Tudor nosegay or ‘tussie mussy’.

The house will not be open for tours but our Blue Badge Guides will have a stall on site to answer visitors’ questions about Acton Court.

Light refreshments will be available.

Garden open 11am - 5pm
Adult: £5 Pay at the Door
Children: Free
All Events included

Nature and Wildlife

Sunday 9 June

Nature and Wildlife

On this Sunday we will be emphasising the role of nature and wildlife in our garden.  

The Hawk and Owl Trust will have a stand on site.

Broadcaster Chris Sperring MBE will be conducting Nature Walks in the grounds at 12:00 and 2:30pm.

The Acton Court Bee Man, Dan Gillians, will have an exhibit of his bees.

Organic Blooms will have a stall concentrating on flowers and plants that encourage wildlife.

Owl Occasions will be on site with their birds.

The house will not be open for tours but our Blue Badge Guides will have a stall on site to answer visitors’ questions about Acton Court.

Light refreshments will be available.

Garden open 11am - 5pm
Adult: £5 Pay at the Door
Children: Free
All Events included

A Rose walk with Historic Gardener Mike Brown

Sunday 16 June

Garden and Tudor Music

The Acton Court Garden will be open. The house will not be open for tours but our Blue Badge Guides will have a stall on site to answer visitors’ questions about Acton Court.

Organic Blooms will be on site with a stall selling plants.

Light refreshments will be available.

Garden open 11am - 5pm
Adult: £5 Pay at the Door
Children: Free


Ticketed

The White Rose and the Red
A Tudor concert

Music from the Age of Richard III and the early Tudors performed by The York Waits with Deborah Catterall, singer.

The concert explores songs of love and war, dances and compositions by well known contempories - Dunstaple, Bedyngham, Morton, early Tudor musicians such as Cornish, Phillip van Wilder and the young King Henry VIII himself, as well as a host of anonymous composers. The Waits employ the full instrumental colours of the period, raucous shawms, trumpets and sackbuts, rustic bagpipes and hurdy gurdy, and the gentle harps, fiddles, rebec, gittern, portative organ and recorders.

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hugely popular…bringing their signature combination of historical accuracy and informal performance …characteristically infectious

York Press Dec 2018

The York Waits who alone are worth the journey to that great City

Catherine Bott, Radio 4 Pick of the Week 6th January 2019

The York Waits

The York Waits take music from the rarefied atmosphere of the concert hall and return it to the wider audience for whom it was created.

The York Waits take their name from the ancient city band of York. Before they turned to music full time the waits had been night watchmen and, although their guard duties diminished, they continued to keepe the night watches in the weeks leading up to Christmas, playing at various points to mark the hours and wake the citizens. The band is known to have been in continuous existence for at least five hundred years until abolition in 1836.

Today’s York Waits have revived the band as it was in its heyday in the 16th century, playing a wide repertoire of period European music as well as their own arrangements of popular dance and ballad tunes.

By creating a replica band of waits, not only in their instruments and costumes, but also in their performing style, The York Waits have attempted to remove the music from the rarefied atmosphere of the concert hall and return it to the wider audience for whom it was created. They take pride in being perhaps the only period band to play on the move, whether in the street, on a boat or even in a hot air balloon. This flexibility has put them much in demand for outdoor events. When indoors they present their music in an informal style which builds a bridge with any audience.

  @TheYorkWaits
  theyorkwaits.org.uK

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3pm
Tickets £15 (concert only)

Your PayPal email receipt will be your ticket, please print and bring it with you.


Heritage Open Days 2019

Acton Court will be sponsoring tours of the house and grounds on 13, 14 & 15 September.

Tickets will be available from June. Admission free.

There will be a concert on Sunday 15 September.

Light refreshments will be available.



Blue Badge Guided Tours of House and Grounds

Booking from June

Friday 13 September
Saturday 14 September
Sunday 15 September

Blue Badge Guided Tours of House and Grounds

Blue Badge guides tell the story of Acton Court, the Poyntz family who lived here, the monarchs they entertained and the state apartments they built for Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn.

Allow approximately an hour for the tour. Please wear soft soled shoes.

Light refreshments will be available.

Tour times:
Friday 13 and Saturday 14 September
11am, 11:30am, 12pm, 2pm, 2:30pm, 3pm

Sunday 15 September
11am and 12pm 

Tickets will be available from June
Admission is free but reserve a place online

Odhecaton performed by In Echo

Ticketed

Sunday 15 September

The Odhecaton 1501

A Musical Revolution

The year 1501 changed music for ever. It saw the publication in Venice of the world's first ever book of printed music. This revolutionary book was called Harmonice Musices Odhecaton – a collection of 96 exquisite pieces by the greatest composers of the age, such as Josquin, Japart, Compere, Isaac and Agricola. It placed sacred motets side-by-side with bawdy love songs full of fun and innuendo. Before the Odhecaton, the only way to access or share music was to make or purchase an expensive and laboriously-made manuscript copy. This book signalled the arrival of a new era, in which mass-produced music books became accessible and affordable to people all over Europe.

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Katharine Hawnt – voice
Gawain Glenton – cornetto, recorder
Uri Smilansky – viol, recorder
Richard Boothby – viol
Kirsty Whatley – harp

There’s such flexibility and freedom in the playing it's almost improvisatory

BBC Radio 3 Record Review, Feb 2018

The York Waits

In Echo was formed in 2016 by cornetto player Gawain Glenton with the aim of exploring the rich repertoire of 16th and 17th century Europe.

In Echo’s first commission was Andrew Keeling’s Northern Soul, which In Echo premiered at the 2016 Dartington Summer School and which features on the group's debut CD Music in a Cold Climate: sounds of Hansa Europe (Delphian Records). Released in January 2018, the recording hit the top 10 (in the UK specialist classical chart), and has garnered stellar reviews from (amongst others) The Observer, Gramophone, Early Music Today, BBC Radio 3 and Apple Music, who described In Echo as an ensemble of ‘imagination, skill and dedication’. The ensemble has already given recitals as part of both the Beverley and Keble Early Music Festivals, and has also performed in Regensburg. 2019 sees performances in Trollhättan (Sweden), Sherborne, Dartington and at the Brecon Baroque Festival, with future trips planned to Croatia and Germany in 2020.

  @inechoensemble
  @inEcho_ensemble
  inecho.co.uk

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3pm
Tickets £20 | £18 concessions*

Select ticket type

Your PayPal email receipt will be your ticket, please print and bring it with you.

*Concessions include O.A.P’s, students, disabled visitors and children under 16


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