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Summer Celebration Open Day

Sunday 30 June, 2019, 10.30am-4pm

Join us for a packed day of activities and the chance to enjoy the splendour of Sharpham House and Gardens at our Summer Celebration Open Day.

The Summer Open Day also includes a host of activities for all the family including arts and crafts, music, storytelling, nature walks, talks & tours, mindfulness workshops and a beer tent. The historic Grade 1-listed Sharpham House and Gardens will be open for people to explore.

Visit Sharpham House on our open day


All day activities 10.30-4pm Hedgespoken at our Summer Open Day at Sharpham

Sharpham Gardens - Open to sit, wander and explore.

Sharpham House – The principal rooms will be open to explore and enjoy (£2 including History & Heritage talk – sign up at Information desk)

Sharpham House Café - Open all day for teas, coffee, delicious cakes and tasty lunch.

Tent Bar – Local real ale, chilled Sharpham wines and Sharpham apple juice in the music tent.

Hedgespoken performance - a very special addition to the day with a puppetry/storytelling session from a converted lorry, telling the absorbing Lithuanian folk-tale Iron-Brow & Thorn-Coat. Happens at 2pm.

Hedgespoken at our Summer Open Day event at Sharpham

Under the Yew Tree – Campfire, fresh herbal teas and children’s nature activity.

Swimming pool (10m x 5m x 2m deep) – open all day with lifeguards in attendance  

Swim in the pool at Sharpham on our Open Day

Got the Bug? – Children’s walled organic garden trail – follow the clues to explore and learn about our amazing minibeasts through our interactive trail.

Play traditional summer garden games with your children on Sharpham’s croquet lawn.

Sharpham summer open day - family event near Totnes DevonListen to the strains of Shakuhachi flute throughout the gardens with Mike McInerney

Traditional Wood Skills – watch, learn and help with some wood skills with Martin Beat, and find out about out Thursday Sharpham Conservation Volunteer group

Sharpham Wine & Cheese, Cellar Door Shop & Tours – visit the shop for tailored tastings, a selection of vineyard tours and to purchase Sharpham’s award-winning wine and cheese

Sharpham Cellar Door Café - open for lunch and serving local fresh and seasonal dishes accompanied by Sharpham wine

For a full programme of music, workshops, talks and tours click on the 'Schedules' tab above. 


We are looking for volunteers to help on this day so if you would like to lend a hand, please contact our Volunteer Co-ordinator on [email protected]

We are sorry but we do not allow dogs (except for guide dogs) 

For wheelchair users we've got ramps for accessing parts of the house - ask a staff member who'll be happy to help you - particularly if you need lunch (dining room is not accessible).


Cost

Free entry, £4 per car for parking. Small charge of £2 for entry into Sharpham House, all other activities free.


Parking / Transport / Directions

Limited hard parking and field car parking at Sharpham will be available (cost £4). 

See details for how to get here on the Venue & Directions tab above.

Please help us to reduce the impact of cars by:

  • walking or cycling to the event - Click here view and download walking/cycling directions to Sharpham House, along the Carriage Drive foot/cyclepath, which begins close to the Steam Packet Inn in Totnes
  • considering car sharing
  • parking in Totnes and using the FREE Bob the Bus Shuttle Service: 


Sharpham Summer Garden Open Day Bus Shuttle Timetable
(subject to change)

Main Bus Stop
- Opposite Seven Stars in Totnes - Coronation Road bus stop E

From Sharpham
- 3-way junction

10.10am (first bus)

10.30am

10.30am

10.50am

10.50am

11.10am

11.10am

11.30am

11.30am

11.50am

11.50am

12.10pm

12.30pm

12.50pm

1.10pm

1.30pm

1.50pm

2.10pm

2.10pm

2.30pm

2.30pm

2.50pm

2.50pm

3.10pm

 

3.30pm

 

3.50pm

 

4.15pm

 

4.30pm (last bus)

 

 

Sunday 30 June, 2019, 10.30am – 4pm

Free entry, £4 for parking, £2 entry into Sharpham House


 

All day activities

Event Details
Sharpham Gardens Open to sit, wander and explore
Sharpham House The principal rooms will be open to explore and enjoy (£2 including History & Heritage talk – sign up at Information desk)
Sharpham House Café Open all day for teas, coffee, delicious cakes and tasty lunch
Tent Bar Local real ale, chilled Sharpham wines and Sharpham apple juice in the music tent
Under the Yew Tree Campfire, fresh herbal teas and children’s nature activity
Swimming pool (10m x 5m x 2m deep) Open all day with lifeguards in attendance
Got the Bug? – Children’s walled organic garden trail Follow the clues to explore and learn about our amazing minibeasts through our interactive trail
Games on the Lawn Play traditional summer garden games with your children on Sharpham’s croquet lawn
Shakuhachi flute Listen to the strains of Shakuhachi flute throughout the gardens with Mike McInerney
Traditional Wood Skills Watch, learn and help with some wood skills with Martin Beat, and find out about out Thursday Sharpham Conservation Volunteer group
Sharpham Wine & Cheese, Cellar Door Shop & Tours Visit the shop for tailored tastings, a selection of vineyard tours and to purchase Sharpham’s award-winning wine and cheese
Sharpham Cellar Door Café Open for lunch and serving local fresh and seasonal dishes accompanied by Sharpham wine (booking in advance recommended)

 

A very special performance

Time Event Details
2pm - 3.15pm     Iron-Brow & Thorn-Coat

Travelling Storytelling Theatre company Hedgespoken present their retelling of the classic Lithuanian folk-tale.

Steeped in old magic and half-familiar memories, this is an astonishing tale of transformation, love and talented hedgehogs. Suitable for all story-lovers aged 5+

 

Children's activities

Time Event Details
11.15am – 12pm12.15pm – 1pm & 1.15pm – 2pm   

Beetles, butterflies, bugs and animal clues

Sign up in advance at the information desk – meet there too

 

Music tent

Time Event Details
11.15am – 11.45am     

Choir with Emily Roblyn

One of our Mindfulness through Singing teachers leads her own choir of beautiful vocal sounds
12pm – 12.45pm Louis Bingham & Griselda Sanderson A virtuosic mother & son duo entertain on a selection of fine-sounding instruments. Their intricate and crafted performances are a festival of exotic strings.    
1pm – 1.45pm and 3.15pm - 4pm Cosgrave and Banks Two of Devon’s finest acoustic musicians, Mike Cosgrave (acordian, guitar, whistle) and Steve Banks (fiddle, vocals, guitar) with a rich smorgasbord of beautiful music from Britain to Europe.

 

History, Heritage & Walled Garden

Time Event Details
11am, 12pm, 1.15pm & 3.15pm

Sharpham History & Heritage Talks

With Claire Ash Wheeler, who grew up at Sharpham, Trust Director Julian Carnell and Sharpham Heritage and Archive expert Lynnette Gribble. Limited spaces. Sign up at the Information Table on the day
12.30pm - 1.15pm Garden & landscape tour with Richard Soans, former Sharpham Trust Gardener. Discover and learn about our beautiful formal, woodland and walled gardens around the main House.  Meet at the front of the House. Sturdy footwear recommended.    
12 – 12.25pm  and  1.30 – 1.55pm Walled Vegetable Garden Growing Talk and Tour with our head gardener, Bryony Middleton

 

Workshops – Mindfulness, Singing, Foraging & Fermenting

Free of charge but sign-up essential for some activities. Donations to Sharpham Trust welcome!

Time Event Details
11.30am – 12.30pm,   1pm – 2pm  &   3.15pm – 4pm

Mindfulness Taster Session

Join Katherine Weare or Lynne Holmes to find out more about Mindfulness at Sharpham and how the practice of mindfulness can be of benefit to everyday life.
In the South Wing. Limited spaces – please sign up at the Info Table.
1.15pm – 1.45pm Singing workshop For all ages and abilities, with Emily Roblyn    
11.15am - 12.15pm  Wild Food Forage Connect with nature and take a walk on the Estate to explore how to identify, safely pick and
taste some seasonal wild food with Brigit-Anna McNeill. Meet under the Yew Tree. Children must be
supervised at all times. Sturdy footwear recommended.
1pm – 2pm Introduction to Wild Ferments Ferment your way to gut health with Jon Howell. Ferments are a probiotic powerhouse for the gut, boosting the immune system and supporting optimal digestion. Under the Yew Tree
3.15pm – 4pm Wild food and medicine walk

Connect with nature and take a walk on the Estate to explore
the medicinal uses of some seasonal wild foods with Brigit Anna McNeill.
Meet under the Yew Tree. Sturdy footwear recommended.

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We are sorry but we do not allow dogs (except for guide dogs)

Free entry, £4 per car for parking. Please consider arriving by other means, including our Bob The Bus shuttle between Totnes and Sharpham (free - timetable on main page).

£2 entry into Sharpham House.

Retreats & Events

Entry to this event is free, although there is a cost of £4 for parking. Small charge for certain activities/workshops (see schedule for details)

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