Say hello to spring at Coughton Court

Enjoy a family day out at one of Warwickshire’s most beautiful homes, suggests Abi Cole.

The National Trust’s Coughton Court will swing its doors wide open for a new season on Saturday 29 February. During the winter months staff, volunteers and the conservation team have spent hours protecting and preserving our exquisite collection for your enjoyment.

 

Our theme for 2020 is ‘Secret & Sacred’. Come and discover Coughton’s unusual hoard of objects which have been gathered, kept, and treasured by the Throckmorton family during their 600-year history here. Understand why locks of hair and an old ribbon are cherished as highly as grand portraits and precious ivory, and uncover the hidden stories that surround them.

 

With support from our volunteers, we’ve researched the experiences of the family and other Catholics during the turbulent 1530s, after the creation of the Church of England. Our new insights will be showcased in an exhibition throughout the house, and via themed events, from talks on the English Reformation to sketching and embroidery workshops.

 

Our increasingly popular Jigsaw Festival returns from Saturday 7 to Sunday 15 March, 11am-5pm, on open days. If you have jigsaws taking up space in your cupboards and would like to play a vital part in conserving this beautiful house for future generations, please call us about donating them.

 

We’ve teamed up with Cadburys again and are offering Cadbury Easter Hunts from Friday 10 to Monday 13 April, 11am-4pm. It’s an opportunity to get the whole family together for a trail around the grounds, with chocolate treats and take home activities.

 

 

Dates for your Diary:

 

Jigsaw Festival

Sat 7 & Sun 8 Mar, Thu 12 – Sun 15 Mar, 11am-5pm.

Choose from 100’s of donated puzzles and raise funds for vital conservation work. If you can donate jigsaws please call on 01789 400777.

 

Mothering Sunday

Sun 22 Mar, 11am-5pm.

Treat mum to a cream tea then enjoy the house or take a walk using a trail card, available from Reception.

 

Cadbury Easter Egg Hunts

Fri 10 – Mon 13 Apr, 11am-4pm.

Enjoy an outdoor trail, traditional games and takehome crafts, £3.

 

Embroidery Workshop

23 April, 10am – 12.30pm

A fantastic opportunity to create your own piece of embroidery inspired by the beautiful cope, stitched by Catherine of Aragon and other items in our collection. Beginners very welcome. £25. Tea & coffee included.

 

May Nature Trail

Fri 8 May – Sun 10 May, Sat 23 & Sun 24 May, Wed 27 – Sun 31 May, 11am-4pm.

Explore Coughton’s creatures and critters, with take home activities and crafts, £2.50.

 

 

Box office - 0344 249 1895

 

www.nationaltrust.org.uk/coughtoncourt

Tel: 01789 400777

 

 

 

 

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