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During the reign of the catholic queen Mary Tudor, many protestants fled to Calvinist Switzerland. In Geneva, the Bible was translated from the original Greek
and Hebrew texts into English. The Geneva Bible was printed in 1560. It was the first mass-produced bible in English that was available to the public and included various guides and study aides. It was used by William Shakespeare, Oliver Cromwell, and was carried by the pilgrims who crossed the Atlantic on the Mayflower. By 1600, half a million English bibles had been printed. The Geneva Bible was the first English version that had the Old Testament translated directly from the Hebrew Scriptures. A vernacular bible was an incredibly important part of the Protestant Revolution, as it meant that the common man could have access to the word of God, not just those who could read Latin. The King James version was printed in 1611 and by the Restoration of the Monarchy in 1660, it had supplanted the Geneva Bible. Here at Sulgrave we are lucky enough to have our own Geneva Bible, printed in 1607. Its owner, Edmund, wrote several notes in the margins.

If this is an item you wish to know more about please speak to our House Stewards on your next visit.

Credit: Ci Ci

During the reign of the catholic queen Mary Tudor, many protestants fled to Calvinist Switzerland. In Geneva, the Bible was translated from the original Greek
and Hebrew texts into English. The Geneva Bible was printed in 1560. It was the first mass-produced bible in English that was available to the public and included various guides and study aides. It was used by William Shakespeare, Oliver Cromwell, and was carried by the pilgrims who crossed the Atlantic on the Mayflower. By 1600, half a million English bibles had been printed. The Geneva Bible was the first English version that had the Old Testament translated directly from the Hebrew Scriptures. A vernacular bible was an incredibly important part of the Protestant Revolution, as it meant that the common man could have access to the word of God, not just those who could read Latin. The King James version was printed in 1611 and by the Restoration of the Monarchy in 1660, it had supplanted the Geneva Bible. Here at Sulgrave we are lucky enough to have our own Geneva Bible, printed in 1607. Its owner, Edmund, wrote several notes in the margins.

If this is an item you wish to know more about please speak to our House Stewards on your next visit.

Credit: Ci Ci


Our trip, and our tips!

When my youngest son (aged 7) asked to visit the birthplace of George Washington, I had to gently explain that a trip to Virginia, USA, might take a bit longer than a drive in the car and a packed lunch. However, a suitable alternative was available, much to my son’s delight. When I informed him that we could visit the home of George Washington’s ancestors and that we could do it in an afternoon and still get back in time for an episode of ‘Horrible Histories’, he was keen as mustard to get going.

Sulgrave Manor in Oxfordshire (although it’s so near the Northamptonshire border it could be in either county really), is a gorgeous Tudor and Georgian Manor house, reached by travelling down twisting roads and through quaint villages. I was grateful to see lots of parking available, and we were invited into the grounds by a tempting and pretty pathway leading to the shop and ticket office. The member of staff behind the desk was lovely, and I was so thrilled when she handed me - not an activity sheet, not an activity pack - but an activity BACKPACK! You heard right. A whole backpack filled with different activities for my boys (7 and 10 years old) to do, and it was free! Inside the bright yellow backpack was: a
calculator, tape measure, wildlife identification cards, kaleidoscopes, colouring pencils, crayons, paper, colour cards, tweezers, bug viewer, and an activity guide. Enough to keep even the most fidgety of little ones occupied for at least a little while.

We went into the house first, which I wasn’t expecting to take very long with the kids with me. Boy, was I wrong! There was so much to do in the house, every room had an activity for the children to engage with, and not just your usual ‘eye-spy’ fare either. In the hall they made family shields using ready-made pictures - they spent about half-an-hour doing just this, which gave me plenty of time to look around the room, and read the information. In the kitchen, there was a pestle and mortar to use, and (my favourite) a collection of different fresh herbs for the kids to smell. I loved that the activities here were involving all the senses.

Upstairs, the boys had a brilliant time in the children’s room, which was full of Tudor toys such as nine men’s morris, yo-yos, and a ball and cup. There were also dressing-up clothes, which the kids loved, and they ended up wearing them around the whole upper floor! We went through the Great Chamber, to a special exhibition about the wool industry of Tudor England, from which George Washington’s ancestors made their fortune. The kids were so involved in the activities that we honestly spent more time in the house than most of the adults we came across!

But there was more…

The gardens were full of fun things too. The littlest loved to hunt for bugs, putting them in the viewer and then begrudgingly returning them to their homes. They both really enjoyed the texture rubbing, as recommended in the activity guide, exploring different textures in the garden, and creating art that they could take home. There was plenty of room for them to have a good run around, and Sulgrave has even recently created a family play area, where we could build dens, stack wood bits and explore little places full of imaginative play potential.

As home educators, I take my two boys on a lot of trips to historical places and museums. Some sites are better at hosting families than others, and Sulgrave Manor is one of the best we’ve visited, with the activity backpacks and all the things for children to do both in the house and out in the garden. We must have been to hundreds of locations over the last 5 years, and I’ve learnt a lot during that time, and made lots of mistakes. So, to make your day at Sulgrave Manor even easier, I’ve listed my nine best tips for visiting:


1. Make use of on-site activities

Sulgrave Manor has really thought about the children who visit. The activity backpack is amazing and full of so many fun things to do. They also have family and child-focused activity days, all of which take some of the pressure off you, and help the kids to engage with the manor in a new and interesting way. The best way to find out about these special events is to follow Sulgrave Manor on social media, and regularly check their website.

2. Download the Go History! pre-visit
information sheet on Sulgrave Manor

My kids never read the information panels at historical places, and they never let me read them either! The pace and interest points of my children are very different from mine, and that is one of the reasons I create pre-visit information sheets which contain fun multiple choice questions, easy-to-read facts and quirky tidbits to whet the appetite of both you and your young ones. With a little advanced knowledge, you can relax a bit about the ‘learning’ element of your visit, because you already know something about the manor. But, to be
honest, with a little information shared before the trip, my kids seem keen to learn more once we’re there. However, Sulgrave Manor makes it pretty easy for us adults to read the info panels in the house because there are so many activities to keep the children busy while you peruse the property. Go to thegoh.uk/sulgrave-manor to download the information sheet.

3. Take snacks and water.

I find it useful to make sure the kids have got full tummies before we go in. This gives them lots of energy and a good chunk of time to explore before they start flagging and complaining. Sulgrave Manor has a cafe, and using it is a great way to support them, but if you’re on a budget, you can also find somewhere for a picnic.

4. Focus on the stories.

I don’t know about you, but my children respond so much better to stories, rather than artefacts. Sulgrave Manor introduce a servant character in the house (by way of short written panels) with information specifically directed at children. My kids took to this really well, playing the roles of servant and lord (see tip 5). You’ll find out about some of the stories and
characters from the Go History! info sheet, and you can integrate this into your tour of the house.

5. Use imaginative play and dress-up

As I mentioned, Sulgrave Manor has a children’s room, with clothes for dressing up, and Tudor games. This makes history really come alive for them, so expect to spend some time here! Also, in the room about the Tudor wool industry, the children can try wool carding and weaving. We pretended to be in a wool shop!

6. Go at their pace

Honestly, this makes all the difference to my stress levels when out and about! Another benefit of learning a little something about Sulgrave Manor before you go is that you feel more relaxed about going at your child’s pace. You don’t have to be at odds as to when to move on and when to stay, or what you think they should look at against
what they want to look at. It really is more enjoyable responding to their curiosity, following them wherever they want to go, and watching them get into whatever they want to explore. There’s a certain amount of parental acceptance with this - accepting that you might not be able to see and do some of what you want to, but that’s okay. By letting go of the ‘shoulds’ you end up really enjoying the ‘right now’, and the freedom you give them to explore in their own way helps to create a positive relationship with history. You can also get down to their level, literally. By joining them at their height, you’ll get more of a sense of how and why they’re engaging with certain things.

7. Make use of volunteers and staff

The volunteers at Sulgrave Manor are a wealth of interesting information. They have stories to tell (see tip 4) and often know what excites kids about a room. If the children have questions, I encourage them to ask the staff themselves - this helps with their confidence and gets them directly involved in the learning process.

8. Go inside first, but make time to explore
outside too.

With a full tummy (see tip 3) and the excitement of arriving at a new place, it’s the perfect time to get the kids at full interest. Plus, you can use the promise of a good run around afterwards as motivation! The grounds at Sulgrave Manor are family friendly, with many of the backpack activities focused on this area.

9. Discuss the site rules.

I think that part of engaging in history and heritage is understanding the preservation and maintenance of places and artefacts. A discussion about why we don’t climb on the furniture, or touch artefacts is a great way to introduce young people to the care of historical objects and places, and I find that discussion is far more effective than just telling them not to.

I hope you find these tips helpful, and that you and your family have a wonderful time at Sulgrave Manor. It really is a treat of a place, and we even had tears at the end of our visit because the 7-year-old absolutely did NOT want to go. But when the volunteers started going home, I managed to persuade him to leave!

I was really surprised and delighted by the lengths Sulgrave Manor went to to get younger visitors involved. My boys felt special and engaged from the word go, and they definitely want to return to do it all again, plus all the activities that they didn’t have time to do this time around! As a mummy who visits lots of historical places, this level of attention is much appreciated.

Elizabeth Beston is the creator of
the website Go History! https://thegoh.uk

Families can download pre-visit information
sheets for a multitude of historical places around England and find listings of
over 1,000 museums.

Join Go History! on Instagram and Facebook

@gohistoryuk

When my youngest son (aged 7) asked to visit the birthplace of George Washington, I had to gently explain that a trip to Virginia, USA, might take a bit longer than a drive in the car and a packed lunch. However, a suitable alternative was available, much to my son’s delight. When I informed him that we could visit the home of George Washington’s ancestors and that we could do it in an afternoon and still get back in time for an episode of ‘Horrible Histories’, he was keen as mustard to get going.

Sulgrave Manor in Oxfordshire (although it’s so near the Northamptonshire border it could be in either county really), is a gorgeous Tudor and Georgian Manor house, reached by travelling down twisting roads and through quaint villages. I was grateful to see lots of parking available, and we were invited into the grounds by a tempting and pretty pathway leading to the shop and ticket office. The member of staff behind the desk was lovely, and I was so thrilled when she handed me - not an activity sheet, not an activity pack - but an activity BACKPACK! You heard right. A whole backpack filled with different activities for my boys (7 and 10 years old) to do, and it was free! Inside the bright yellow backpack was: a
calculator, tape measure, wildlife identification cards, kaleidoscopes, colouring pencils, crayons, paper, colour cards, tweezers, bug viewer, and an activity guide. Enough to keep even the most fidgety of little ones occupied for at least a little while.

We went into the house first, which I wasn’t expecting to take very long with the kids with me. Boy, was I wrong! There was so much to do in the house, every room had an activity for the children to engage with, and not just your usual ‘eye-spy’ fare either. In the hall they made family shields using ready-made pictures - they spent about half-an-hour doing just this, which gave me plenty of time to look around the room, and read the information. In the kitchen, there was a pestle and mortar to use, and (my favourite) a collection of different fresh herbs for the kids to smell. I loved that the activities here were involving all the senses.

Upstairs, the boys had a brilliant time in the children’s room, which was full of Tudor toys such as nine men’s morris, yo-yos, and a ball and cup. There were also dressing-up clothes, which the kids loved, and they ended up wearing them around the whole upper floor! We went through the Great Chamber, to a special exhibition about the wool industry of Tudor England, from which George Washington’s ancestors made their fortune. The kids were so involved in the activities that we honestly spent more time in the house than most of the adults we came across!

But there was more…

The gardens were full of fun things too. The littlest loved to hunt for bugs, putting them in the viewer and then begrudgingly returning them to their homes. They both really enjoyed the texture rubbing, as recommended in the activity guide, exploring different textures in the garden, and creating art that they could take home. There was plenty of room for them to have a good run around, and Sulgrave has even recently created a family play area, where we could build dens, stack wood bits and explore little places full of imaginative play potential.

As home educators, I take my two boys on a lot of trips to historical places and museums. Some sites are better at hosting families than others, and Sulgrave Manor is one of the best we’ve visited, with the activity backpacks and all the things for children to do both in the house and out in the garden. We must have been to hundreds of locations over the last 5 years, and I’ve learnt a lot during that time, and made lots of mistakes. So, to make your day at Sulgrave Manor even easier, I’ve listed my nine best tips for visiting:


1. Make use of on-site activities

Sulgrave Manor has really thought about the children who visit. The activity backpack is amazing and full of so many fun things to do. They also have family and child-focused activity days, all of which take some of the pressure off you, and help the kids to engage with the manor in a new and interesting way. The best way to find out about these special events is to follow Sulgrave Manor on social media, and regularly check their website.

2. Download the Go History! pre-visit
information sheet on Sulgrave Manor

My kids never read the information panels at historical places, and they never let me read them either! The pace and interest points of my children are very different from mine, and that is one of the reasons I create pre-visit information sheets which contain fun multiple choice questions, easy-to-read facts and quirky tidbits to whet the appetite of both you and your young ones. With a little advanced knowledge, you can relax a bit about the ‘learning’ element of your visit, because you already know something about the manor. But, to be
honest, with a little information shared before the trip, my kids seem keen to learn more once we’re there. However, Sulgrave Manor makes it pretty easy for us adults to read the info panels in the house because there are so many activities to keep the children busy while you peruse the property. Go to thegoh.uk/sulgrave-manor to download the information sheet.

3. Take snacks and water.

I find it useful to make sure the kids have got full tummies before we go in. This gives them lots of energy and a good chunk of time to explore before they start flagging and complaining. Sulgrave Manor has a cafe, and using it is a great way to support them, but if you’re on a budget, you can also find somewhere for a picnic.

4. Focus on the stories.

I don’t know about you, but my children respond so much better to stories, rather than artefacts. Sulgrave Manor introduce a servant character in the house (by way of short written panels) with information specifically directed at children. My kids took to this really well, playing the roles of servant and lord (see tip 5). You’ll find out about some of the stories and
characters from the Go History! info sheet, and you can integrate this into your tour of the house.

5. Use imaginative play and dress-up

As I mentioned, Sulgrave Manor has a children’s room, with clothes for dressing up, and Tudor games. This makes history really come alive for them, so expect to spend some time here! Also, in the room about the Tudor wool industry, the children can try wool carding and weaving. We pretended to be in a wool shop!

6. Go at their pace

Honestly, this makes all the difference to my stress levels when out and about! Another benefit of learning a little something about Sulgrave Manor before you go is that you feel more relaxed about going at your child’s pace. You don’t have to be at odds as to when to move on and when to stay, or what you think they should look at against
what they want to look at. It really is more enjoyable responding to their curiosity, following them wherever they want to go, and watching them get into whatever they want to explore. There’s a certain amount of parental acceptance with this - accepting that you might not be able to see and do some of what you want to, but that’s okay. By letting go of the ‘shoulds’ you end up really enjoying the ‘right now’, and the freedom you give them to explore in their own way helps to create a positive relationship with history. You can also get down to their level, literally. By joining them at their height, you’ll get more of a sense of how and why they’re engaging with certain things.

7. Make use of volunteers and staff

The volunteers at Sulgrave Manor are a wealth of interesting information. They have stories to tell (see tip 4) and often know what excites kids about a room. If the children have questions, I encourage them to ask the staff themselves - this helps with their confidence and gets them directly involved in the learning process.

8. Go inside first, but make time to explore
outside too.

With a full tummy (see tip 3) and the excitement of arriving at a new place, it’s the perfect time to get the kids at full interest. Plus, you can use the promise of a good run around afterwards as motivation! The grounds at Sulgrave Manor are family friendly, with many of the backpack activities focused on this area.

9. Discuss the site rules.

I think that part of engaging in history and heritage is understanding the preservation and maintenance of places and artefacts. A discussion about why we don’t climb on the furniture, or touch artefacts is a great way to introduce young people to the care of historical objects and places, and I find that discussion is far more effective than just telling them not to.

I hope you find these tips helpful, and that you and your family have a wonderful time at Sulgrave Manor. It really is a treat of a place, and we even had tears at the end of our visit because the 7-year-old absolutely did NOT want to go. But when the volunteers started going home, I managed to persuade him to leave!

I was really surprised and delighted by the lengths Sulgrave Manor went to to get younger visitors involved. My boys felt special and engaged from the word go, and they definitely want to return to do it all again, plus all the activities that they didn’t have time to do this time around! As a mummy who visits lots of historical places, this level of attention is much appreciated.

Elizabeth Beston is the creator of
the website Go History! https://thegoh.uk

Families can download pre-visit information
sheets for a multitude of historical places around England and find listings of
over 1,000 museums.

Join Go History! on Instagram and Facebook

@gohistoryuk


Meet Ci Ci

Hiya, I’m CiCi. I volunteer at Sulgrave Manor as a house steward.

It is my job to help visitors with any questions about the house, its items, and the Washington family’s history. I also assist with group tours. I started
volunteering in April as part of the practicum for my masters degree in Public History. As an American, I love this wonderful opportunity to work at a location that is a perfect blend of both English and American history, and stands as a symbol of friendship between both nations. Because I have such a passion for history and
historical preservation, I am excited to help out in whatever areas I can at Sulgrave Manor.

My family and I will be living in England for four years as part of our adventures in the Air Force. During our time here we want to explore and visit as many historical properties as possible. I am also determined to help build a stronger relationship between the Manor and the American community in this area of the country. It is my belief that the best way to learn about history is not by reading about it in an academic setting, but to experience it first hand in various avenues. This is how interests and passions are built, and how historians can engage the public to help preserve historical items and locations.

Hiya, I’m CiCi. I volunteer at Sulgrave Manor as a house steward.

It is my job to help visitors with any questions about the house, its items, and the Washington family’s history. I also assist with group tours. I started
volunteering in April as part of the practicum for my masters degree in Public History. As an American, I love this wonderful opportunity to work at a location that is a perfect blend of both English and American history, and stands as a symbol of friendship between both nations. Because I have such a passion for history and
historical preservation, I am excited to help out in whatever areas I can at Sulgrave Manor.

My family and I will be living in England for four years as part of our adventures in the Air Force. During our time here we want to explore and visit as many historical properties as possible. I am also determined to help build a stronger relationship between the Manor and the American community in this area of the country. It is my belief that the best way to learn about history is not by reading about it in an academic setting, but to experience it first hand in various avenues. This is how interests and passions are built, and how historians can engage the public to help preserve historical items and locations.


Welcome Aliza

Hi, my name is Aliza and I joined the Sulgrave Manor team at the start of the opening season. I found myself getting involved in many different projects and roles. It has only been a short period of time but the experiences have been excellent. I am loving the opportunity to work in an exciting environment with a small team as an Operations Assistant because I find that every day is different; I am always learning, exploring, and discovering new things.

On our visitor open days, you can find me in the areas I manage; the Brewhouse entrance and seating area. Please do say hello and ask questions, I always look forward to meeting new and returning visitors and building connections with local businesses. I really enjoy getting feedback from the visitors and their favourite part of their time here.

The rest of the week, when Sulgrave Manor is not open to the general public, I am most likely to be found roaming the site dressed as a Tudor delivering our fascinating learning programme to our school groups. Becoming a Learning Facilitator has been a very enjoyable experience so far. It has allowed me to communicate my understanding and research about the house and the period it was built in –this enables me to be more informative with all our visitors too!

Working here is great and I cannot wait to see where this role takes me next!

I hope you liked reading about my story and please do say hello if you see me around the site.

Hi, my name is Aliza and I joined the Sulgrave Manor team at the start of the opening season. I found myself getting involved in many different projects and roles. It has only been a short period of time but the experiences have been excellent. I am loving the opportunity to work in an exciting environment with a small team as an Operations Assistant because I find that every day is different; I am always learning, exploring, and discovering new things.

On our visitor open days, you can find me in the areas I manage; the Brewhouse entrance and seating area. Please do say hello and ask questions, I always look forward to meeting new and returning visitors and building connections with local businesses. I really enjoy getting feedback from the visitors and their favourite part of their time here.

The rest of the week, when Sulgrave Manor is not open to the general public, I am most likely to be found roaming the site dressed as a Tudor delivering our fascinating learning programme to our school groups. Becoming a Learning Facilitator has been a very enjoyable experience so far. It has allowed me to communicate my understanding and research about the house and the period it was built in –this enables me to be more informative with all our visitors too!

Working here is great and I cannot wait to see where this role takes me next!

I hope you liked reading about my story and please do say hello if you see me around the site.


Exciting discoveries!

Exciting discoveries were recently made during our restoration works in which the well was discovered outside our Manor kitchen. Measuring 5 metres in depth, the well shows the traditional building methods of local stone used at the time of construction.

The current restoration is almost complete, now with a new entrance area introducing a paved courtyard.

For information on accessibility, please contact us.

Exciting discoveries were recently made during our restoration works in which the well was discovered outside our Manor kitchen. Measuring 5 metres in depth, the well shows the traditional building methods of local stone used at the time of construction.

The current restoration is almost complete, now with a new entrance area introducing a paved courtyard.

For information on accessibility, please contact us.


New Chairman of the Board

We’re very happy to announce Dr Nigel Bowles, former Director of the Rothermere American Institute at the University of Oxford, as the new Chairman of the Board for Sulgrave Manor Trust. Our outgoing Chairman, Norman Hudson OBE, steps down following 30 years of involvement with Sulgrave Manor.

Dr Bowles, who has a particular interest in the history of the US Presidency, praised his predecessor’s work. “In succeeding Norman as Chair, I will seek to build upon the Trust’s achievements under his leadership. The challenges before the Trust are considerable, but I am confident that with the continuing support of the Sulgrave community, the Manor’s unique status as a symbol of the special relationship between the United Kingdom and the United States will be recognised ever more widely.”

We’re very happy to announce Dr Nigel Bowles, former Director of the Rothermere American Institute at the University of Oxford, as the new Chairman of the Board for Sulgrave Manor Trust. Our outgoing Chairman, Norman Hudson OBE, steps down following 30 years of involvement with Sulgrave Manor.

Dr Bowles, who has a particular interest in the history of the US Presidency, praised his predecessor’s work. “In succeeding Norman as Chair, I will seek to build upon the Trust’s achievements under his leadership. The challenges before the Trust are considerable, but I am confident that with the continuing support of the Sulgrave community, the Manor’s unique status as a symbol of the special relationship between the United Kingdom and the United States will be recognised ever more widely.”


Winter Restoration

We’re excited to see our winter restoration work underway thanks to our generous supporters at the Friends of Sulgrave Manor. This first phase of our larger restoration project will help to make the Manor wind and water tight. As part of this work we’ll be repairing the damage caused by masonary bees. Masonary bees are solitary bees who build their nests within brick and stonework. The repairs to our stonework will stop water getting into these holes and causing further damage.

Future phases of the project will see restoration work to both the inside and outside of the Manor.

We’re excited to see our winter restoration work underway thanks to our generous supporters at the Friends of Sulgrave Manor. This first phase of our larger restoration project will help to make the Manor wind and water tight. As part of this work we’ll be repairing the damage caused by masonary bees. Masonary bees are solitary bees who build their nests within brick and stonework. The repairs to our stonework will stop water getting into these holes and causing further damage.

Future phases of the project will see restoration work to both the inside and outside of the Manor.


Object of the day

Familiar words or phrases that we use today are often traced back many hundreds of years and this object is no exception. This is a Dole cupboard which in the 17th-century was used for wealthy people to give food and other gifts to poorer people who were members of the parish.

Although we are now closed for winter, we’ve got many intriguing objects in our collection that must be seen in person. Keep checking our website for details of our opening times for 2019.

Familiar words or phrases that we use today are often traced back many hundreds of years and this object is no exception. This is a Dole cupboard which in the 17th-century was used for wealthy people to give food and other gifts to poorer people who were members of the parish.

Although we are now closed for winter, we’ve got many intriguing objects in our collection that must be seen in person. Keep checking our website for details of our opening times for 2019.


Three cheers for our volunteers!

Even though we are nearly closed for winter, our team are still very much looking for people who would like to volunteer with us. We have volunteers from all walks of life, all ages and interests so don’t delay in applying!

One of our current volunteers, Corinn (pictured) described her experience with us as “Funny, rewarding and relaxing.” So there really is something for everyone! Email sally@sulgravemanor.org.uk for an informal chat about our opportunities.

Even though we are nearly closed for winter, our team are still very much looking for people who would like to volunteer with us. We have volunteers from all walks of life, all ages and interests so don’t delay in applying!

One of our current volunteers, Corinn (pictured) described her experience with us as “Funny, rewarding and relaxing.” So there really is something for everyone! Email sally@sulgravemanor.org.uk for an informal chat about our opportunities.


Enjoy our garden before we close

It’s the last week to visit our garden before we close for winter! Don’t miss out on one final stroll to relax and inspire you before we close until spring 2019. Our garden has lots of areas of interest for all ages and at all times of the year.

We are open on Thursdays, Fridays and Sundays with the garden open from 11am and the Manor House following at midday.

It’s the last week to visit our garden before we close for winter! Don’t miss out on one final stroll to relax and inspire you before we close until spring 2019. Our garden has lots of areas of interest for all ages and at all times of the year.

We are open on Thursdays, Fridays and Sundays with the garden open from 11am and the Manor House following at midday.


Exciting changes to our Schools Programme

Every year Sulgrave Manor is closed to visitors from the beginning of October until Easter and this year as well as carrying out conservation works to the house and our collections, we are taking the opportunity to develop our schools programme to ensure we continue to provide unforgettable learning experiences. Part of this will be to extend our range of topics covered in our sessions beyond theTudors. Find out if you or your school might like to get involved here

Every year Sulgrave Manor is closed to visitors from the beginning of October until Easter and this year as well as carrying out conservation works to the house and our collections, we are taking the opportunity to develop our schools programme to ensure we continue to provide unforgettable learning experiences. Part of this will be to extend our range of topics covered in our sessions beyond theTudors. Find out if you or your school might like to get involved here


Enjoy an afternoon tea with us

Many people have been enjoying afternoon tea with us over the summer holidays and although they are nearly at an end and routines begin again, we are still open on a Thursday, Friday and Sunday with a great selection of homemade cakes always available.

If you are in the area, you can visit our Tea Room and Gift Shop for free

Many people have been enjoying afternoon tea with us over the summer holidays and although they are nearly at an end and routines begin again, we are still open on a Thursday, Friday and Sunday with a great selection of homemade cakes always available.

If you are in the area, you can visit our Tea Room and Gift Shop for free


Grab a gift from Sulgrave

Our unique branded Sulgrave Manor souvenirs (including these gorgeous lavender bags, straight from our garden) go down a treat in our Gift Shop! We’ve also got a great selection of birthday cards if you need to pick up a present whilst you are here.

It’s not long now until we close for winter so if you are looking to pick up something special now is the time to visit us! We’ll be open on every Thursday, Friday and Sunday until September 30th.

Our unique branded Sulgrave Manor souvenirs (including these gorgeous lavender bags, straight from our garden) go down a treat in our Gift Shop! We’ve also got a great selection of birthday cards if you need to pick up a present whilst you are here.

It’s not long now until we close for winter so if you are looking to pick up something special now is the time to visit us! We’ll be open on every Thursday, Friday and Sunday until September 30th.


A fantastic opportunity for families

We’re creating a brand new area for families and we need your help! All visitors need to do is scan the QR code located in our garden and take part in our short survey. We’ll look at every response and the feedback will help us with the design which we hope will be an amazing space for famlies and more! To take part, be sure to visit us before or on Sunday September 30th before we close for winter.

We’re creating a brand new area for families and we need your help! All visitors need to do is scan the QR code located in our garden and take part in our short survey. We’ll look at every response and the feedback will help us with the design which we hope will be an amazing space for famlies and more! To take part, be sure to visit us before or on Sunday September 30th before we close for winter.


August Open Wedding Sunday

We’re opening the doors for prospective Brides and Grooms who are looking for an extra special wedding venue! Couples as well as their friends and families can have a look at our Wedding Barn and Great Hall for free on Sunday August 26th and meet our Wedding Coordinator to talk through ideas or to get some inspiration. Find out more here

We’re opening the doors for prospective Brides and Grooms who are looking for an extra special wedding venue! Couples as well as their friends and families can have a look at our Wedding Barn and Great Hall for free on Sunday August 26th and meet our Wedding Coordinator to talk through ideas or to get some inspiration. Find out more here


A Bespoke Guided Tour

A guided tour at Sulgrave Manor might just be the best in history, but don’t just take our word for it- “Informative, entertaining, lively and witty” Alresford NADFAS June 2018. Our friendly and knowledgeable guides will share the stories of the Washington family, the unique history of the Manor House and its special status today. Book a full or half-day with us with flexible tour topics available and an all-round bespoke experience for your group bit.ly/sulgravemanorgroupvisit. Find out more here

A guided tour at Sulgrave Manor might just be the best in history, but don’t just take our word for it- “Informative, entertaining, lively and witty” Alresford NADFAS June 2018. Our friendly and knowledgeable guides will share the stories of the Washington family, the unique history of the Manor House and its special status today. Book a full or half-day with us with flexible tour topics available and an all-round bespoke experience for your group bit.ly/sulgravemanorgroupvisit. Find out more here


Northamptonshire Heritage Organisation of the Year!

We are absolutely delighted to have won Northamptonshire Heritage Organisation of the Year at the Heritage Forum Awards recently!

Here’s just some of the team with our winning plaque. We also have a wonderful group of volunteers helping us in many ways and we are incredibly grateful for their time and expertise. There are some really exciting projects in the pipeline at Sulgrave Manor and we look forward to welcoming more visitors this season and beyond.

We are absolutely delighted to have won Northamptonshire Heritage Organisation of the Year at the Heritage Forum Awards recently!

Here’s just some of the team with our winning plaque. We also have a wonderful group of volunteers helping us in many ways and we are incredibly grateful for their time and expertise. There are some really exciting projects in the pipeline at Sulgrave Manor and we look forward to welcoming more visitors this season and beyond.


Wedding season in full swing! 

We have welcomed some truly lovely couples and their friends and families recently and each of them choose to decorate our wedding barn in their own special way.

It’s always a pleasure to get to know our couples and work with them to achieve a day they will never forget and with a backdrop like ours it doesn’t take much to create a stunning and unique space for such a special day. ​Find out more about weddings at Sulgrave Manor here

We have welcomed some truly lovely couples and their friends and families recently and each of them choose to decorate our wedding barn in their own special way.

It’s always a pleasure to get to know our couples and work with them to achieve a day they will never forget and with a backdrop like ours it doesn’t take much to create a stunning and unique space for such a special day. ​Find out more about weddings at Sulgrave Manor here


Fun on Sunday

This Sunday 8th July we are celebrating Independence Day with lots of fun family-friendly activities! Use our trail to find famous figures relating to this historic event in the garden, grab some glitter and create a piece of firework-themed art or make your very own liberty hat, plus lots more! Normal admission prices apply and the special activities mentioned will be charged at £1 per child. We’re open from 11am so come and join in the fun!

This Sunday 8th July we are celebrating Independence Day with lots of fun family-friendly activities! Use our trail to find famous figures relating to this historic event in the garden, grab some glitter and create a piece of firework-themed art or make your very own liberty hat, plus lots more! Normal admission prices apply and the special activities mentioned will be charged at £1 per child. We’re open from 11am so come and join in the fun!


Calling all explorers!

Our brand new Explorer Backpacks are now available to borrow from the shop! Whether you’re an explorer, artist or adventurer there’s a range of activities you can enjoy as a family. Why not help out the garden team by designing a new parterre, or use your senses to explore the sights, colours and smells of the beautiful gardens around Sulgrave Manor? We’d love to know what you think of the Backpack, so don’t forget to fill in the quick survey when you return it to the shop.

A big thank you to the fantastic Sandford Cascade, as without their bursary to help us work towards our ‘Sandford Award for Informal Learning’ the backpacks wouldn’t have been possible!

Our brand new Explorer Backpacks are now available to borrow from the shop! Whether you’re an explorer, artist or adventurer there’s a range of activities you can enjoy as a family. Why not help out the garden team by designing a new parterre, or use your senses to explore the sights, colours and smells of the beautiful gardens around Sulgrave Manor? We’d love to know what you think of the Backpack, so don’t forget to fill in the quick survey when you return it to the shop.

A big thank you to the fantastic Sandford Cascade, as without their bursary to help us work towards our ‘Sandford Award for Informal Learning’ the backpacks wouldn’t have been possible!


Independence Day celebrations at Sulgrave Manor

We’re celebrating our unique connection to the USA with Independence Day activities on Sunday July 8th! Join us for a relaxed day of make-and take-crafts, an Independence Trail, American-style food and free garden games.

The hands-on make-and-take activities include creating firework paintings, making liberty hats and clothes peg pinwheels and using a quill and ink to have a go at writing your signature just as John Hancock did when signing the Declaration of Independence. The specially themed trail will get families to seek out hidden American Independence figures in the garden. Visiting information can be found here

We’re celebrating our unique connection to the USA with Independence Day activities on Sunday July 8th! Join us for a relaxed day of make-and take-crafts, an Independence Trail, American-style food and free garden games.

The hands-on make-and-take activities include creating firework paintings, making liberty hats and clothes peg pinwheels and using a quill and ink to have a go at writing your signature just as John Hancock did when signing the Declaration of Independence. The specially themed trail will get families to seek out hidden American Independence figures in the garden. Visiting information can be found here


Our amazing volunteers!

Our volunteers have helped us hugely since we opened at the beginning of the season. Here is a picture of Margaret and Julie who dressed up at our Tudor Fair. We are always on the look out for more people to get involved as volunteers so if you fancy it, do get in touch. Costume is optional! We really love the experience and passion our volunteers bring and wouldn’t be without them. Email sally@sulgravemanor.org.uk for more information.

Our volunteers have helped us hugely since we opened at the beginning of the season. Here is a picture of Margaret and Julie who dressed up at our Tudor Fair. We are always on the look out for more people to get involved as volunteers so if you fancy it, do get in touch. Costume is optional! We really love the experience and passion our volunteers bring and wouldn’t be without them. Email sally@sulgravemanor.org.uk for more information.


Opening times and event pricing

Our Midsummer Tudor Fair is taking place this Sunday June 3rd and as this is a special event, there will be different admission prices to our usual standard entry fee. Find out more here. On this day we will be unable to offer free entry to HHA members but a concessionary rate to our season ticket holders will apply.

We are also closed on Sunday 17th June due to a private event. Please email us via enquiries@sulgravemanor.org.uk with any questions about our opening times or prices.

Our Midsummer Tudor Fair is taking place this Sunday June 3rd and as this is a special event, there will be different admission prices to our usual standard entry fee. Find out more here. On this day we will be unable to offer free entry to HHA members but a concessionary rate to our season ticket holders will apply.

We are also closed on Sunday 17th June due to a private event. Please email us via enquiries@sulgravemanor.org.uk with any questions about our opening times or prices.


We’ve got you covered during half term

Half term is fast approaching and whatever the weather decides to do, we have got you covered! Escape the rain in our Tea Room and Gift Shop and keep young ones occupied with our hands-on activities and costumes to try on in the manor house. We’re open next Thursday and Friday and our Tudor Fair takes place on Sunday 3rd June.

Half term is fast approaching and whatever the weather decides to do, we have got you covered! Escape the rain in our Tea Room and Gift Shop and keep young ones occupied with our hands-on activities and costumes to try on in the manor house. We’re open next Thursday and Friday and our Tudor Fair takes place on Sunday 3rd June.


Help to shape our future

Looking to indulge your passion for history? Learn new skills or simply meet new people?

We are recruiting for volunteers in various roles within the learning, house and garden teams to bring the Sulgrave Manor story to life. In return we offer a flexible and friendly place to contribute your time to with development opportunities and a chance to join Sulgrave Manor at a really exciting time.

Please email Sally Munday-Webb for more information: sally@sulgravemanor.org.uk and read more here

Looking to indulge your passion for history? Learn new skills or simply meet new people?

We are recruiting for volunteers in various roles within the learning, house and garden teams to bring the Sulgrave Manor story to life. In return we offer a flexible and friendly place to contribute your time to with development opportunities and a chance to join Sulgrave Manor at a really exciting time.

Please email Sally Munday-Webb for more information: sally@sulgravemanor.org.uk and read more here


Time for tea this weekend?

Sunday is a great day to relax and take your time to enjoy the nice weather and lighter days. If you’re passing by, you can visit our Tea Room and Gift Shop for free and enjoy a homemade cake and light lunch whilst taking in the lovely surroundings.

There’s always a great selection available which changes on a weekly basis. It’s the perfect mid-morning, late afternoon (or any time in-between) treat!

Sunday is a great day to relax and take your time to enjoy the nice weather and lighter days. If you’re passing by, you can visit our Tea Room and Gift Shop for free and enjoy a homemade cake and light lunch whilst taking in the lovely surroundings.

There’s always a great selection available which changes on a weekly basis. It’s the perfect mid-morning, late afternoon (or any time in-between) treat!


Counting down to our Tudor Fair

It’s just under a month until the day of our Midsummer Tudor Fair! Join us at the end of the May half-term holiday and see Sulgrave Manor come alive with a huge range of fun activities perfect for families and all ages including historical crafts for the kids, live music, garden games, access to the house and garden, archery and falconry-PLUS watch a joust complete with horses! Food and drink is also available throughout the day.

It’s just under a month until the day of our Midsummer Tudor Fair! Join us at the end of the May half-term holiday and see Sulgrave Manor come alive with a huge range of fun activities perfect for families and all ages including historical crafts for the kids, live music, garden games, access to the house and garden, archery and falconry-PLUS watch a joust complete with horses! Food and drink is also available throughout the day.


From our garden to yours

A major project that we are undertaking now is within our garden. Did you know that our new Head Gardener, Patrick has joined us from Stowe? Stand by to see some amazing transformations in the weeks and months to come. Here are some tips for your own garden this month:

“Now is the time to give your lawn some TLC if you didn’t get a chance in the autumn. Scarify with a rake or powered machine to remove dead grass and any moss that might be there. This gives the lawns a chance to put on some new spring growth. Aerate by spiking with a fork to give oxygen to the grass roots.”

A major project that we are undertaking now is within our garden. Did you know that our new Head Gardener, Patrick has joined us from Stowe? Stand by to see some amazing transformations in the weeks and months to come. Here are some tips for your own garden this month:

“Now is the time to give your lawn some TLC if you didn’t get a chance in the autumn. Scarify with a rake or powered machine to remove dead grass and any moss that might be there. This gives the lawns a chance to put on some new spring growth. Aerate by spiking with a fork to give oxygen to the grass roots.”


Spring has sprung at Sulgrave Manor!

We are really happy to be welcoming visitors back to Sulgrave Manor this season. We have recently introduced free-flow access to the house, which is good news if you prefer to enjoy the manor at your own pace.

The house, garden and Tea Room open from 11am with the house shortly afterwards at 12 noon until 5pm on a Thursday, Friday and Sunday. Last entry is at 4pm so arrive with enough time to make the most of your visit, we recommend at least an hour. We look forward to seeing everyone soon! ​

We are really happy to be welcoming visitors back to Sulgrave Manor this season. We have recently introduced free-flow access to the house, which is good news if you prefer to enjoy the manor at your own pace.

The house, garden and Tea Room open from 11am with the house shortly afterwards at 12 noon until 5pm on a Thursday, Friday and Sunday. Last entry is at 4pm so arrive with enough time to make the most of your visit, we recommend at least an hour. We look forward to seeing everyone soon! ​


Easter at Sulgrave

Although the weather has been wet, we are looking forward to (hopefully) sunny days for the Easter bank holiday weekend!

From April 1st, the Manor will be open on Thursday, Friday and Sundays 11-5pm with a BRAND NEW self-led experience around the house. A perfect day out for families - including hands on trails for inquisitive minds and delicious cakes and light meals in the buttery.

Although the weather has been wet, we are looking forward to (hopefully) sunny days for the Easter bank holiday weekend!

From April 1st, the Manor will be open on Thursday, Friday and Sundays 11-5pm with a BRAND NEW self-led experience around the house. A perfect day out for families - including hands on trails for inquisitive minds and delicious cakes and light meals in the buttery.


Celebrating George Washington’s Birthday

To celebrate George Washington’s 286th birthday two of our Sulgrave Trustees Holly Smith and Nancy Stewart attended a celebration and wreath laying in front of Washington’s statue in Trafalgar Square on Thursday 22nd February. It was a fantastic opportunity to celebrate his legacy with the US Ambassador and Sir Tim Laurence, Chairman of English Heritage.

To celebrate George Washington’s 286th birthday two of our Sulgrave Trustees Holly Smith and Nancy Stewart attended a celebration and wreath laying in front of Washington’s statue in Trafalgar Square on Thursday 22nd February. It was a fantastic opportunity to celebrate his legacy with the US Ambassador and Sir Tim Laurence, Chairman of English Heritage.


Happy Birthday George Washington!

On February 22nd 1732 George Washington was born at Pope’s Creek. Today he would have been 286 years old! If you are interested in learning more about George and his English Ancestors we are opening from 1st April until September, on Thursday, Fridays and Sundays from 11 to 5pm!

On February 22nd 1732 George Washington was born at Pope’s Creek. Today he would have been 286 years old! If you are interested in learning more about George and his English Ancestors we are opening from 1st April until September, on Thursday, Fridays and Sundays from 11 to 5pm!


Brand New Visitor Experience!

With the New Year Sulgrave Manor has seen a brand new update to its visitor experience. From the 1st April 2018, Visitors will be able to explore the Manor house on an hands on self-led journey. Self-led visits allow you to go at your own pace, dip in and out of history and savour the many stories Sulgrave has to offer.

Our Operations Manager, Carla Cooper said, ‘we are always looking to new ways to attract visitors to Sulgrave and we feel that being able to enjoy the house and garden more freely will appeal to a wider range of visitor, especially families…..

Visitors can learn about the characters who lived and worked in the house and rise and fall of the Manor ….did you know that Sulgrave Manor once stood empty and was used by a notorious local gang? The new experience takes you on an exciting journey from prestigious Tudor Manor house to its purchase by the American Peace Committee in 1914. With new trails and child-friendly character trails, families can enjoy learning together and exploring the grounds. To still keep that special touch, our knowledgeable stewards will also be on site to further explain the rich history and make sure you have the best day possible. Where possible, guided tours will also be available depending on demand.

With the New Year Sulgrave Manor has seen a brand new update to its visitor experience. From the 1st April 2018, Visitors will be able to explore the Manor house on an hands on self-led journey. Self-led visits allow you to go at your own pace, dip in and out of history and savour the many stories Sulgrave has to offer.

Our Operations Manager, Carla Cooper said, ‘we are always looking to new ways to attract visitors to Sulgrave and we feel that being able to enjoy the house and garden more freely will appeal to a wider range of visitor, especially families…..

Visitors can learn about the characters who lived and worked in the house and rise and fall of the Manor ….did you know that Sulgrave Manor once stood empty and was used by a notorious local gang? The new experience takes you on an exciting journey from prestigious Tudor Manor house to its purchase by the American Peace Committee in 1914. With new trails and child-friendly character trails, families can enjoy learning together and exploring the grounds. To still keep that special touch, our knowledgeable stewards will also be on site to further explain the rich history and make sure you have the best day possible. Where possible, guided tours will also be available depending on demand.


Sulgrave in Art

Sometimes the best views of the Manor have been through art. Daniel Sherrin painted this view of the Manor in 1910 for Thos Murphy’s ‘In Unfamiliar England’.

Murphy wrote “Very faithful in detail and sentiment is Mr Sherrin’s picture, painted at my request—the artist gaining his inspiration by a week under the old roof while employed in his task. The picture shows the old house much as we saw it, standing against a rich sunset sky, its harsh outlines softened by a little distance.” (p. 43)

Sometimes the best views of the Manor have been through art. Daniel Sherrin painted this view of the Manor in 1910 for Thos Murphy’s ‘In Unfamiliar England’.

Murphy wrote “Very faithful in detail and sentiment is Mr Sherrin’s picture, painted at my request—the artist gaining his inspiration by a week under the old roof while employed in his task. The picture shows the old house much as we saw it, standing against a rich sunset sky, its harsh outlines softened by a little distance.” (p. 43)


Wishing for spring

With the British weather very cold and wet recently, there has been a ray of Sunshine hitting Sulgrave Manor today. The garden volunteers are out in full force to make the most of the weather and spruce up our grounds for the upcoming Wedding Showcase on February 25th. Our herb garden is looking better already in the sunshine!

With the British weather very cold and wet recently, there has been a ray of Sunshine hitting Sulgrave Manor today. The garden volunteers are out in full force to make the most of the weather and spruce up our grounds for the upcoming Wedding Showcase on February 25th. Our herb garden is looking better already in the sunshine!


Getting ready for the big day!

Final preparations are being made at Sulgrave Manor for the Wedding Showcase on February 25th, 11 am to 3 pm. Our Wedding Co-ordinators, Sarah-Louise and Alexandra, wanted to create a bespoke event for couples to envision their own wedding day at Sulgrave, filled with inspiration! With us on the day are our own recommended suppliers to give couples an indication of whats on offer, including caterers, photographers, wedding dressing and a ‘Hoof Booth’! See our Suppliers page for more information.

FREE tickets available here.

Don’t forget to click attending on our facebook events for the latest information:http://ow.ly/r10530hIqfi

Final preparations are being made at Sulgrave Manor for the Wedding Showcase on February 25th, 11 am to 3 pm. Our Wedding Co-ordinators, Sarah-Louise and Alexandra, wanted to create a bespoke event for couples to envision their own wedding day at Sulgrave, filled with inspiration! With us on the day are our own recommended suppliers to give couples an indication of whats on offer, including caterers, photographers, wedding dressing and a ‘Hoof Booth’! See our Suppliers page for more information.

FREE tickets available here.

Don’t forget to click attending on our facebook events for the latest information:http://ow.ly/r10530hIqfi


Welcome our new gardener to the team!

​As the new year begins, we have welcomed a new face to our team… Patrick Green who has become our Head Gardener! We are very excited for all the new updates to be made to the garden in the year ahead.

​As the new year begins, we have welcomed a new face to our team… Patrick Green who has become our Head Gardener! We are very excited for all the new updates to be made to the garden in the year ahead.


Happy New Year!

From everyone at Sulgrave Manor, we would like to wish you a very Happy New Year! We hope you have had a relaxing Christmas holiday with family and friends. There are plenty of exciting events upcoming in 2018 which will shortly be listed on our website and we can’t wait to welcome you back when we open in April.

From everyone at Sulgrave Manor, we would like to wish you a very Happy New Year! We hope you have had a relaxing Christmas holiday with family and friends. There are plenty of exciting events upcoming in 2018 which will shortly be listed on our website and we can’t wait to welcome you back when we open in April.


Goodbye to Santa!

That’s a wrap! Thank you to everyone for visiting Santa’s Grotto at Sulgrave Manor this year. A special thank you for all the hard work of our staff, especially Jackie and Steve for their countless hours constructing the fantastic Grotto from scratch. The Grotto is now closed for 2017, we can’t wait to do it all again next year!

That’s a wrap! Thank you to everyone for visiting Santa’s Grotto at Sulgrave Manor this year. A special thank you for all the hard work of our staff, especially Jackie and Steve for their countless hours constructing the fantastic Grotto from scratch. The Grotto is now closed for 2017, we can’t wait to do it all again next year!


Let it snow.. at Sulgrave!

In the exciting lead up to Christmas, most of the UK saw a heavy snowfall this weekend including Sulgrave Manor which has looked stunning in the blanket of snow. Postponed from 10th December to Thursday 21st December 2017 two screenings at 2pm and 3pm of the magical ‘The Snowman’ with live music provided by Fiori Musicali and in association with Smooth Moves. There is still time to book: fiori-musicali.com/events/the-snowman-3pm

In the exciting lead up to Christmas, most of the UK saw a heavy snowfall this weekend including Sulgrave Manor which has looked stunning in the blanket of snow. Postponed from 10th December to Thursday 21st December 2017 two screenings at 2pm and 3pm of the magical ‘The Snowman’ with live music provided by Fiori Musicali and in association with Smooth Moves. There is still time to book: fiori-musicali.com/events/the-snowman-3pm


Congratulations to the Chair of Trustees!

Congratulations to Norman Hudson, Chairman of Country Houses Foundation, for winning the Ecclesiastical’s Heritage Hero Award 2017 for Outstanding Contribution. We are so pleased to have Norman as Chair of Trustees at Sulgrave Manor at such an exciting time in our development!

Congratulations to Norman Hudson, Chairman of Country Houses Foundation, for winning the Ecclesiastical’s Heritage Hero Award 2017 for Outstanding Contribution. We are so pleased to have Norman as Chair of Trustees at Sulgrave Manor at such an exciting time in our development!


Sulgrave’s Collections Review

We are so excited to welcome our new volunteer collection team Emma and Clare, who are helping us discover more about the items in our care. One of our favourite objects they have researched so far is the ‘smokers tongs’ - used to hold a peat from the fire to light a gentlemen’s pipe!

We are so excited to welcome our new volunteer collection team Emma and Clare, who are helping us discover more about the items in our care. One of our favourite objects they have researched so far is the ‘smokers tongs’ - used to hold a peat from the fire to light a gentlemen’s pipe!


Could you be the Pump-king carver of Sulgrave?

Sugrave Manor has been visited by some eerie witches and wizards who have taken over the Manor. Make sure you come on one of our guided tours if you dare to hear some spooky tales in the Great Hall. Learn to brew your own special potion in the Kitchen and take some magic home with your own potion! Celebrate All Hallows Eve in true style by carving your own pumpkin to take home. With many pumpkins grown on-site at Sulgrave Manor, it’s a great souvenir to decorate your home with. Post your creations on social media with the tag #sulgravmanor and we may feature you on our page!

Wicked Wednesday & Phantom Phursday are on 25th & 26th Oct. 10am - 3pm. Check out our events page for more info!

Don’t make the grave mistake of missing out on this fantastic two-day event!

Sugrave Manor has been visited by some eerie witches and wizards who have taken over the Manor. Make sure you come on one of our guided tours if you dare to hear some spooky tales in the Great Hall. Learn to brew your own special potion in the Kitchen and take some magic home with your own potion! Celebrate All Hallows Eve in true style by carving your own pumpkin to take home. With many pumpkins grown on-site at Sulgrave Manor, it’s a great souvenir to decorate your home with. Post your creations on social media with the tag #sulgravmanor and we may feature you on our page!

Wicked Wednesday & Phantom Phursday are on 25th & 26th Oct. 10am - 3pm. Check out our events page for more info!

Don’t make the grave mistake of missing out on this fantastic two-day event!


Rejuvenating the Rose Garden

This week in the Gardens, the volunteer team have been working hard to rejuvenate the Rose Garden to a Parterre. The roses will be replaced with Yew Cones and balls, in the summer tulips and summer flowers will be added to match the sunshine. Thank you to the team for their hard work and make we can’t wait to see the results!

This week in the Gardens, the volunteer team have been working hard to rejuvenate the Rose Garden to a Parterre. The roses will be replaced with Yew Cones and balls, in the summer tulips and summer flowers will be added to match the sunshine. Thank you to the team for their hard work and make we can’t wait to see the results!


Harvesting for Halloween

Our volunteers have been busy in the garden this week harvesting the pumpkins in preparation for Halloween! So far the team has gathered over thirty pumpkins, so there will be plenty for the carving competition this year. Now the pumpkins will be held in the greenhouse to fully ripen and then stored in a cool, dark place ready for their time to shine on October 25th & 26th at our Wicked Wednesday and Phantom Phursday.

Thank you to the team for all their hard work! If you ever want to find out more about our gardens at Sulgrave have a chat with the garden team and they’ll be happy to help, they’re a very friendly bunch.

Our volunteers have been busy in the garden this week harvesting the pumpkins in preparation for Halloween! So far the team has gathered over thirty pumpkins, so there will be plenty for the carving competition this year. Now the pumpkins will be held in the greenhouse to fully ripen and then stored in a cool, dark place ready for their time to shine on October 25th & 26th at our Wicked Wednesday and Phantom Phursday.

Thank you to the team for all their hard work! If you ever want to find out more about our gardens at Sulgrave have a chat with the garden team and they’ll be happy to help, they’re a very friendly bunch.


Anyone for Nettle Soup?

There are only a few places left on our outdoor Tudor cookery workshop on 30th July!

If you’d like to churn your own butter​, make your own oatcakes and eat them all in the beautiful gardens at Sulgrave then call us on 01295 760 205 and choose option 2.

See our Adult Classes webpage for more details about the workshop.

There are only a few places left on our outdoor Tudor cookery workshop on 30th July!

If you’d like to churn your own butter​, make your own oatcakes and eat them all in the beautiful gardens at Sulgrave then call us on 01295 760 205 and choose option 2.

See our Adult Classes webpage for more details about the workshop.


Sir Wiliam crowned winner of the Tudor Joust!

At our Midsummer Tudor Fair Sir William, the dashing knight fought the wicked Lord Pendragon in the joust. Lord Pendragon tried to trick Sir William many times but in the end, the brave Sir William was crowned the winner! A fantastic day!

At our Midsummer Tudor Fair Sir William, the dashing knight fought the wicked Lord Pendragon in the joust. Lord Pendragon tried to trick Sir William many times but in the end, the brave Sir William was crowned the winner! A fantastic day!


Family Wednesday for Holiday fun

Join Meg and Amy, Mr Lawrence Washington’s servants, to discover how the eleven Washington children lived and played at the Manor in Tudor times. Wednesday 31st May.

Join Meg and Amy, Mr Lawrence Washington’s servants, to discover how the eleven Washington children lived and played at the Manor in Tudor times. Wednesday 31st May.


Family Connections

This week we welcomed Marjorie Gaestel from the board of Directors at Happy Retreat, West Virginia, to Sulgrave. Happy Retreat was the home of Charles, George Washington’s brother. We learned so much about the wider Washington family thanks to Marjorie’s research and some fascinating facts which we will now be able to share with our visitors.

This week we welcomed Marjorie Gaestel from the board of Directors at Happy Retreat, West Virginia, to Sulgrave. Happy Retreat was the home of Charles, George Washington’s brother. We learned so much about the wider Washington family thanks to Marjorie’s research and some fascinating facts which we will now be able to share with our visitors.


Our Wedding Season has Officially Started

It must be the start of the Wedding Season as our Exochorda x macrantha ‘The Bride’ is in full flower.​ Not the simplest plant name, but a beautiful addition to any garden. Come and see ours flowering this weekend.

It must be the start of the Wedding Season as our Exochorda x macrantha ‘The Bride’ is in full flower.​ Not the simplest plant name, but a beautiful addition to any garden. Come and see ours flowering this weekend.


Snow in May?

Although its not quite the weather for a picnic in our lovely garden, a warm welcome awaits our visitors to the Courtyard Tea Room over the Bank Holiday weekend.​

Although its not quite the weather for a picnic in our lovely garden, a warm welcome awaits our visitors to the Courtyard Tea Room over the Bank Holiday weekend.​


New Visitors at Sulgrave!

This holiday why not try your hand at our Ladybird trail and spot our seasonal visitors around the garden. ​When you’ve finished have a go at some Easter crafts and games.

This holiday why not try your hand at our Ladybird trail and spot our seasonal visitors around the garden. ​When you’ve finished have a go at some Easter crafts and games.