News from Sharpham
Summer Wedding Offer
Get £1000 off if you book your 2016 wedding before the end of August 2015.
If you pay your deposit before the end of August, you'll qualify for this generous discount on peak season (April to October 2016) weekend weddings - normally priced at £6,000.
Contact our weddings expert Denise Scribbins, who'll be happy to arrange viewings and discuss your requirements. She's on firstname.lastname@example.org and on 01803 732583.
We're also offering a 20% discount on weddings taking place from November to March.
Foxglove footage from on high
Our woodsman Paul Van Den Elst has been experimenting with an aerial camera - and he chose to film the foxgloves covering The Trust's Gribble Plantation.
Young trees have been planted there, but the foxgloves have taken over this summer. Paul's quadcopter footage and fisheye lens allowed him to get amongst the wild things to shoot footage and stills pictures.
"There's thousands of pink ones and one white one," said Paul, who started filming and photographing with his quadcopter this year.
Take a look at Paul's foxglove footage below:
Our Walled Garden has been producing some fine soft fruit this summer.
Assistant Gardener Jacqui Hallum picked 11 kilos of blackcurrants - and at the time of picking, she reckoned there was about the same amount left on the bushes to ripen.
"I had to use scissors as well as my hands, so it's quite painstaking work because you have to snip around the unripened fruit," she said.
The blackcurrants will be used in Sharpham House kitchen and some will be frozen. Our visitors can expect delicious blackcurrant jam and desserts.
Our Open Day was a HUGE success
Our Sharpham Open Day - A Summer Celebration was a massive hit.
We had record numbers, we had sunshine, music, performance, great food and family fun.
"We were blessed with the weather and it was great to see so many people coming to find out about Sharpham - and enjoying this beautiful place," said our Director, Julian Carnell.
We laid on lots of activities, including shows, storytelling, mindfulness taster sessions, foraging workshops, canoe paddles and more. While performers like Jackie Juno, Cosgrave & Banks, Peter Oswald and Alex Knight entertained our crowds.
So many people enjoyed our cheese, wine, cakes and lunches that the kitchen ran out of food!
Here's how it went, in pictures:
I only came here for two hours, and now it's been 5 hours - I've thoroughly enjoyed it..it was wonderful - absolutely wonderful
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The next Open Day takes place on Sunday October 4 with our Apple Pressing Day. Keep visiting our What's On Calendar to find out about our events
Our Open Day - A Summer Celebration: Sunday July 5
Join us for a packed day of activities and the chance to enjoy the splendour of Sharpham House and Gardens at our Open Day - A Summer Celebration.
The day includes a host of activities for all the family including arts and crafts, music, story-telling, nature connection workshops and tours of the historic Grade 1-listed Sharpham House and Gardens and beer tent.
Date: July 5 2015, 10.30am to 4pm
Cost - Free Entry (but please note there will be a charge of £4 per car for car parking). Please consider arriving by other means - there is a free Bob the Bus shuttle service running from Totnes see below for times. Most activities are free/see schedule.
All Day Activities
Tipi Bar - Local real Ale and Sharpham Wines in The Big Tipi
Swimming pool - open all day with life guards in attendance
Sharpham House - the principal rooms will be open to explore and enjoy
Café – open all day for teas, coffee and tasty lunch
Sharpham Gardens – open to wander and explore
Canoe Paddle Taster- Cost £4.50 adult £3.00 child (under 12) 45-minute paddle - please visit info table for times and sign up
Rattle Box Storytelling – free performances for all the family throughout the day – see outside the Rattle Box tent for show times
Green woodworking - Try your hand at green wood-working with master craftsman Peter Lanyon
Environmental Arts and Craft – Under the Yew Tree
Sharpham Wine and Cheese and Anchorstone at Sharpham Vineyard Café open for lunch and tours with fantastic local menu including seafood and Sharpham wines