06 November 2012
Fenton House Blog - November 2012
We are coming to the end of our open season now at Fenton House, and looking back, it has certainly been a busy year.
The packed calendar of public events began with our popular Easter Trail in the garden and continued with our High Spirits Tea Party to celebrate the Diamond Jubilee. We held Open Garden Squares Weekend in June, and our annual Apple Weekend in September which attracted over 1500 people. We also welcomed a record number of visitors during Open House London weekend, despite the dismal weather. Apple Weekend was a particularly special event this year as we celebrated the bequest of Fenton House in the 1950s with plenty of rock n’ roll music accompanying brilliant lindy hop dancers on the formal lawn, as well as tasting platters of traditional English apple varieties, sumptuous cake stalls, a gin bar in the orchard and a zip-line in our front garden for the more adventurous among you!
Our ‘Linear Collections’ exhibition by the artist Venetia Norris, featuring botanical drawings inspired by the gardens at Fenton House, was well received by our visitors when it ran for three months earlier in the year, and our series of summer concerts were popular as always. This year we began a series of afternoon talks in the house, with ‘Musical Wednesdays’ giving the public a chance to learn more about our early keyboard instrument collection, and ‘Object in Focus’ talks on Thursdays are providing a more detailed analysis of the various and unique items in our collections. We plan to continue these talks next season following the positive feedback we’ve received this year.
As we enter in the winter months and our closed season we will be preparing the house for a ‘deep clean’ and all the essential maintenance and conservation needed for both the building and the collections. However, following our very successful Christmas opening last year, Fenton House and Gardens will be open for weekends in December (1st-2nd, 8th-9th, 15th-16th). The beautiful interiors of the house are particularly atmospheric at this time of year and will be festively decorated; we are also hosting a fabulous Christmas Fair in the garden run by Oakleigh Fairs on 15th-16th December featuring a wide range of arts, crafts and gift stalls, as well as a chance to meet Santa and his reindeer in their Christmas grotto. We look forward to seeing you there.
Author: Ann Hartigan, Visitor Experience Assistant
Image copyright: Claudia Sottile