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Soak up the summer at Boughton House

by Diane - July 23rd, 2018.
Filed under: Places to visit.

Soak up the summer at Boughton House

Gardeners at Northamptonshire’s Boughton House have been hard at work as anticipation for the Estate’s summer opening heats up.

The Northamptonshire home of the Duke of Buccleuch, which will stage its annual seasonal opening in August, expects to see visitors flocking to enjoy its historic House, Gardens and cultural programme.

Led by David Cullum, the parks and gardens team has been redoubling its efforts in the recent hot weather to ensure the Gardens are a feast for the senses this August.

David Cullum, parks and gardens manager at Boughton House, said: “We’ve been especially hard at work preparing our Gardens and keeping them at their best in the dry weather.

“From the Walled Garden with its herbaceous border and flowerbeds, to our stunning Rose Garden, visitors will be able to enjoy our green spaces in full bloom.

“Our two new Gardens for 2018 – The Wedding Garden and the Alpine Garden – are really coming into their own this summer as well.

“And with a break in rainfall in recent weeks, we’ve been able to relax our mowing schedules and focus on the creation of a new bee enclosure in the orchard ahead of schedule. Not only will this benefit pollination in the Walled Garden and parklands, but we hope we may be blessed with some Boughton honey in the future.”

The Gardens at Boughton House will open throughout August between 12pm-5pm, with last entry at 4pm. Tickets cost £6 for adults, £3 for children and £14 for families (two adults and two children). As an added bonus, Gardens tickets holders will also gain access to the Armoury and the special MEMORY exhibition.

Reflecting on historic and significant memories of the House and its residents, key MEMORY exhibits will include the chapel altarpiece from Boughton’s time as a WWII prisoner of war camp, as well as the map of St Lucia, drawn by the 2nd Duke following his disastrous 1722 expedition to the Caribbean and some of the Duke of Marlborough’s campaign maps from the War of Spanish Succession.

The exhibition will see the collaboration of Alzheimer’s Research UK, Alzheimer’s Society, Dementia UK, Nordoff Robbins Music Therapy and other memory-related charities.

Guided House tours will begin at 1pm, with the last tour at 3.30pm daily throughout August. The Great Hall Tour, plus entry to the Gardens, Armoury and special exhibition costs £10 for adults, £8 for children and £30 for families (two adults and two children). Children under five go free.  The State Rooms tour is available for an extra £2.00 per person, while the Books, Beds and Beyond Tour is an additional £10 per person.

The Estate will also host alfresco cinema and theatre events, with screenings of Moulin Rouge and The Greatest Showman on Friday 10 August and Saturday 11 August. And back by popular demand, Chaperhouse Theatre Company will take to the Estate’s sprawling lawns for a performance of Robin Hood and his Merry Men on Tuesday 14 August.

Tickets to Robin Hood and his Merry Men can be purchased at Adult tickets are priced from £17.60 and children’s from £11. Gates open at 5pm on Tuesday 14th August, with the show starting at 6pm.

Tickets for Moulin Rouge are priced at £13.20 for over 15s and £8 for under 15s. All children must be accompanied by an adult. Book today

To find out more, contact Boughton House on 01536 515 731 or email

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*** Please note, Orpheus and the Mount will not be accessible from Thursday 23rd August until Wednesday 29th August. ***