Let Corinne Caddy, Shugborough’s Events Manager, guide you through some of the attractions on offer at the famous Historic Working Estate when Shugborough’s new season opens on Friday 21 March 2014.
One of the highlights of the forthcoming season is the new Wilderness area, created on the late Patrick Lichfield’s former private island arboretum. Designed to encourage natural play, two areas of the island have been set aside for fun, fresh air and freedom for all the family, including clambering logs, stones for cairn building, den building and even a blindfold trail. Kick up leaves, build a den, find the pixie dell and create your own natural hanging sculptures in the newly created Wilderness.
One of the most popular attractions of recent times, which has proved a big hit with visitors, is ‘Shugborough Re-visited’: a tour of the newly restored and refurbished private family apartments. This attraction was only opened for the first time to the public in 2011.
Wander through the late photographer, Patrick Lichfield’s private apartments within the elegant mansion house. A great deal of work has been done to conserve and restore the rooms to their former glory, using memorabilia relating to Patrick Lichfield.
Don’t miss taking a couple of hours touring the Shugborough Servants’ Quarters, preserved just as they were centuries ago, complete with a Servants’ Hall.
The County Museum collection housed in the Servants’ Quarters buildings covers a wide range of subjects and the past 200 years of Staffordshire’s social history. The great strengths of the collection are items relating to domestic cooking, cleaning and laundry.
There is also an internationally renowned collection of horse-drawn carriages, including coaches formerly belonging to the Earl of Shrewsbury at Ingestre, and the Dyott family of Lichfield.
Shugborough’s website has a full list of all the events and attractions on offer during 2014.