Newark Park update – Spring/Summer 2017
We’ve had a very busy start to the year at Newark, with several of our seasonal specials on display.
The snowdrops in February were perfectly timed for our start to the new season, after which we had one of our best ever displays of daffodils in March. April brought us cyclamen, tulips and wild garlic, which made for a beautiful setting for our Easter trail. We had our busiest Easter weekend ever, with visitors enjoying the trail, the lovely weather and the estate walks among the wild garlic (and even the cheese and wild garlic paninis from our tea pavilion).


We also had a lovely display of tulips, thanks to our brilliant garden volunteers who planted and potted a large number of tulips last autumn.


As always we have been busy inside Newark House as well. There are ongoing repair works on the floorboards in some of the Tudor rooms; the Green Bedroom is partly closed due to this at the moment. This summer you might also see some scaffolding outside the house as we’re undertaking further render repairs to the exterior walls and parapets.

In the gardens we’ll be improving our Summerhouse this summer, including lime washing the interior walls. We’ve also welcomed the surveyor to look at our Sham Castle Folly – we are currently raising funds for the folly so we can undertake repair works in 2018.


We’re also constantly developing our visitor offer; this year we’ve added a new peacock trail in Newark House, and one of our volunteers has been sewing hard over winter to add to our costumes in our dressing up room. Our shop on the first floor of Newark House has been expanding too; visitors can now buy even more books, gifts and souvenirs, including Bristol Blue Glass.

We’re preparing a number of events for the summer and autumn, starting with our Edwardian Weekend on 10 and 11 June, and then the next big event will be our classic car display with the 750 car club on Sunday 16 July. We’re welcoming back The Pantaloons on Friday evening, 4 August, when they’ll show us their version of ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’. We’ll also be doing further activities over the summer holidays; to find out the latest updates please follow us on Facebook, or have a look at our website:

Our exhibition room is very busy this year as well; so far we’ve hosted exhibitions on Grasslands of the Stroud Valleys, a photography exhibition showcasing landmarks in the South West, and an exhibition on the historic merchant clothier’s houses in the Cotswolds. 


From 21 June we’ll be telling the story of James Power-Clutterbuck, the last heir of Newark Park who died in 1917 whilst fighting in the First World War in the Royal Flying Corps.

As always there is lots of work going on at Newark, all made possible by our amazing team of staff and volunteers, and the brilliant support of our members and visitors.
So on behalf of everyone at Newark I’d like to say a big ‘Thank You’, and we look forward to welcoming you all to Newark Park very soon!

                             Stefanie van Stokkom,
                              Newark Park, House and Visitor Experience Manager,
Ozleworth, Wotton-under-Edge, Glos., GL12 7PZ. 
                                             Enquiries - tel. 01453 842644

          Information line 01793 817666 or visit: 



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