Heritage Open Days

Mary Fielding

Lady Hicks and Sir Paul Pindar chat at the Open Day

What a weekend!

Over 2,000 people visited the site of old Campden House.  We thought we were doing well on Saturday with 900+ people attending, but on Sunday we ‘clicked through’ over 1,000!  They dressed up, they tried their hand at archery and bowls, they learnt about Jacobean gardening, spinning, costume, Sir Baptist Hicks, the house he built and the gardens he created.  They enjoyed tea and scones, ice-creams, burgers, bacon baps (all very Jacobean!) and visited the Banqueting Houses and bought cakes and preserves and fudge and lavender bags from the Country Market.  They watched the Campden Morris dance on Sunday.  And The Sun Shone (with only one very brief drizzle of rain)!!

The Open Days ended in the Church Rooms with a wonderful concert of Jacobean music by Micaela Schmitz (harpsichord) and Abigail Seabrook – a fitting end to a superb event.

A huge Thank You to ALL the volunteers who cooked and sewed and built and put up tents (and took them down again) and dressed up and dyed (correct spelling?) and supervised skittles, pillory/stocks and painted and organised and wrote, edited and sold the book and created displays and exhibitions, who made tea and washed-up and talked to visitors and… and …

And to Amanda for cutting the grass.

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