The Abbey and Gardens have been buzzing with activity over the past two weeks as families enjoy their Easter holidays following trails through the gardens or meeting characters from World War I in our latest exhibition – Valiant Hearts.
We were delighted to welcome a representative from the Chinese Embassy to join us at the Abbey on the 11th April for the official opening of “Peeling Back the Years – Chinese Wallpaper at Woburn Abbey”. After the ceremonial ribbon cutting, guests were given a tour of the exhibition, which features one of the earliest fragments of Chinese wallpaper in the UK, and had a chance to explore the trails through the house and gardens led by the experts involved. Tree peonies, identified from the 18th Century wallpaper, have been replanted around the Chinese Dairy and visitors will be able to see them develop over the summer months.
From the 14th-20th April our Gardens Team marked National Gardening Week with the launch of our Children’s Trail. This new activity engages our youngest visitors in a multi-sensory experience of the gardens and encourages them to develop their own horticultural skills with a special prize for completion! You can pick up your free copy of the trail from The Duchess’ Shop on your next visit.
Over the Bank Holiday Weekend there was even more fun for families as we held our annual Easter Egg Trail and our first World War One Character Days. Visitors had to solve the anagram to answer our historical question as they toured the gardens and then seek out the cuddly deer that had hidden themselves around the Abbey.
“Valiant Hearts: World War I – Woburn and its Stories” was populated by soldiers for the four day event with replica uniforms and equipment on display – including a range of rifles and a machine gun! If you missed out this weekend, we will be holding more World War One Character Days over both the Bank Holiday Weekends in May.