Birdsong Weekend

Jun 14, 2019

14th, 15th & 16th June

The main opportunity this summer to visit Asthall Manor’s garden, in its year off from on form sculpture. Please see the programme below and links to book.


Birdsong Walks

Walks around Asthall Manor’s garden, led by Peter Cowdrey of Planet Birdsong (www.planetbirdsong.org). The walks will focus on differentiating the songs and calls of a few common species.

Birdsong Concerts

Two garden concerts by The Conference of Birds (www.theconferenceofbirds.com), of birdsong-inspired music interspersed with wild gypsy fiddling as the real birds of Asthall sing around the natural pool.

Studio Visits - Sing like a bird studio visit

Throughout the weekend, bookable 10-minute slots in a studio run by film-maker Sunny Moodie, who will turn you into the bird of your choice, by filming you reproducing a slowed down birdsong, speeding it up to the speed of the original birdsong, and playing it back.

To book tickets, please select your event and time below:


Friday

Birdsong Walk Friday 14th June 7 pm

Studio visits email: [email protected] for available slots


Saturday

Dawn Chorus Birdsong Walk Saturday 15th June 5 am

Birdsong Walk Saturday 15th June 12 pm

Birdsong Walk Saturday 15th June 3 pm

Birdsong Walk Saturday 15th June 6 pm

Birdsong Concert Saturday 15th June 7.30 pm

Studio visits email: [email protected] for available slots


Sunday

Birdsong Walk Sunday 16th June 11 am

Birdsong Concert Sunday 15th June 12 pm

Studio visits email: [email protected] for available slots

BOOKING ESSENTIAL

No access to the garden without a place on one of these events, apart from: Sunday afternoon 2-6pm, when the garden is open for the National Garden Scheme. £7.50

All proceeds will be going to: Planet Birdsong

No dogs apart from guide dogs

The Potting Shed café in Asthall Manor’s walled garden will be open during this weekend – no booking required.

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Ruth White yoga classes

Jan 07, 2019

Weekly classes are held during the school terms, and taught by Ruth and John White. They run from 7.30-9.00pm on Monday evenings. There is no need to book, but please come a little early if it is your first time.

The Autumn term runs from 7th January to 1st April 2019. No class on February 18th for half term.

For more information on term dates, prices and their practice, visit their website or telephone 01608 651189/01608 652272.

​Tania Llewellyn & Louisa Maybury in the Ballroom - 1st May 10-7 pm & 2nd May 9-5 pm

May 01, 2019

Tania Llewellyn will be launching their Spring/Summer collection - "We have a lovely collection that I design and produce with care in Jaipur, India. We look forward to seeing you at Asthall and helping you to choose the right style and fit. Please see my websitewww.taniallewellyn.com for more information"

Louisa Maybury will be bringing her collection of newly selected homewares.

Choose from a colourful selection of kilims, indigo bedcovers, velvet cushions, exquisite hand block printed throws, glass paintings and a range of pretty jewellery.

You are bound to find just the right additions to refresh your home.
Please also see Louisa's website www.louisamaybury.co.uk

Art Exhibition with Laura Sednaoui

May 20, 2019

We are happy to be hosting local artist Laura Sednaoui, who will be holding a solo exhibition with us in the Ballroom from Monday the 20th to Saturday the 25th May.

The exhibition will be open daily from 11.30 am until 5 pm.

Laura is an abstract artist working in acrylics and is especially focused on the relationship between colours, creating powerful and expressive work.

For more information, please go to her website: www.laurasednaoui.com

Wallpaper workshop with Hugh Dunford-Wood

Aug 02, 2019

August 2 - 4th August

The course runs from Friday evening for a few hours to acclimatise, the other days run from 10-4pm. The course is wholly practical and hands on. There will be a natural progression from the kindergarten beginnings of print with potato cuts, to looking at some classic patterns and work out what makes them successful. Observational plant drawing is encouraged to then use as a basis for an original design. This will be then worked up in repeat, transferred in reverse onto a lino block that will be cut and printed.



"My aim is to demonstrate how it is possible to embark on this adventure, with some ease and considerable enjoyment. There is no mystery, no technical know-how. It is all accessible and do-able by anyone who can wield a pencil. You don’t have to have particular drawing skills, or artistic bent, just a willingness to explore."

You can see a detailed review of the course by Coast Magazine on Hugh's website http://www.dunfordwood.com.

Contact Hugh to book your place

Price: £300 - All materials provided.

Glow and Grow Wellness Event

Sep 21, 2019

September 21st

10.30 am - 4.30 pm

A nourishing day of gentle yoga, gong sound bath and meditation including a delicious vegan lunch.

Tickets cost £120

To book contact:Helenon 07721 011 546 or Georgie 07909 538 106 or email: [email protected]

www.heartsoul.yoga

The Authentic Artist Workshop with Kath Burlinson

Nov 15, 2019

November 15th - 17th

10 am to 6 pm daily

The Authentic Artist Workshop at Asthall Manor is a three-day residential journey for 6 creative artists seeking reinvention, exploration, new challenges, or for those developing new work. The workshop offers a space to explore, play, find your next 'edge' and connect with others in a safe environment.

Each individual’s journey through the workshop is unique, as is each group. Whether you are a poet, musician, actor, dancer, painter, set designer, puppeteer, writer, multi-disciplinary artist or a person who is yet to find your artistic identity, Kath will devote herself to serving you and your artistry.

Kath Burlinson has been running Authentic Artist workshops since 2007 across the UK. This is the first to be held at Asthall Manor.

Workshop fee: £225 (£200 previous participants)

Accommodation & Food: £40 per person per night (we will eat communally in the Manor)

To book, please email: [email protected] Or call: 07715360021

Asthall Manor, Ballroom and Gardens

Asthall Manor, overlooking the swans and stumpy willows of the Windrush Valley, dates from the early seventeenth century, but probably occupies a medieval site. Lady Joan Cornwall and her son Sir Edmund Cornwall are believed to have lived in it during the fourteenth century.

The present house – or an earlier version of it – was probably built for the Jones family, who occupied it until the 1670s or 1680s, followed by the Peacock family, and then, from then mid-eighteenth century and for much of the nineteenth, by the Bateman family.

The Manor was a convalescent home during the first world war, and in 1919 it was bought by Lord Redesdale, father of Nancy and the other Mitfords. It was on Asthall Manor, as well as the Redesdales’ other houses, that Nancy’s fictional Alconleigh is based. In 1926, the Manor was sold to the Hardcastle family, who retained it until 1997.

The present symmetrical appearance of the house has resulted from alterations made for the Batemans in the nineteenth century, and for Lord Redesdale in the 1920s. Lord Redesdale also converted the barn into a ballroom/library, with its huge bay window and Jacobean-style ceiling, and built the cloisters to connect this new ballroom and the rooms above it to the main house. The house was slightly reduced in size by the present owner in 1998-9.

A more extensive history of Asthall, written by R.B. Peberdy for the Victoria County History series, can be found here.

The Ballroom at Asthall Manor is available for hire for life-enhancing events. click here for details. Please note, we do not take bookings for weddings.

The gardens were designed by I & J Bannerman in 1998. Their aim was to allow the garden to flow into the Windrush Valley landscape beyond it. The gardens blend form and freedom, open views and secret spaces. Long tranquil walks bordered with sharp wedges of yew, vast beeches enclosing a hidden lake, orchards sloping down to the mill stream, stone tubs overgrown with roses and a formal box-bordered parterre provide a quintessentially English setting for fine art. Asthall Manor’s entrance is notable for the sculptures by Anthony Turner which adorn its gateposts.

The garden has recently featured in the following books: Landscape of Dreams, Secret Gardens of the Cotswolds and English Gardens, and has been the subject of many newspaper and magazine articles, most of which can be found here. Most recently, head gardener Mark Edwards was interviewed on his innovative techniques of rose pruning for the Telegraph's Saturday garden section.

Volunteer with us: From time to time we take volunteers in the garden through the organisation WWOOF (Worldwide opportunities on organic farms): https://www.wwoof.org.uk

Jamaica We have a small guest house in Jamaica click here for further details