Ben Bentley continues his month-long campaign to highlight the area’s top visitor attractions. Today it’s the turn of Weston Park.
Click here for an overview of the great days out campaign and check back each day for the latest idea.
Where is it? Weston-under-Lizard, near Shifnal, TF11 8LE.
What is it? A magnificent 17th century stately home set in 1,000 acres of Capability Brown Parkland. Built in 1671 by Lady Elizabeth Wilbraham the House contains an internationally important art collection whilst outside visitors can take a walk through award winning gardens, lakes and follies. Open daily throughout the summer Weston has a wide range of activities appealing to all tastes and ages.
Pick up everything you need for a picnic in the Granary Farm Shop, enjoy home cooked favourites in the Granary Grill or have a coffee and homemade cake in the Stables Coffee Bar.
How much is it? Park and Gardens Admission: £5 per adult, £3 per child. A Family ticket (2+3) is £22 and includes entry to the house.
What is there to do? Weston Park offers a host of different style days out – from simply picnicking in the grounds and letting the kids run free to taking more formal tours around parts of stately home.
Visitors can take a guided tour around the amazing collection in the house; kids can run wild in the woodland adventure playground, hide in a hermit’s cave, roll down grassy hills and take a ride on the miniature railway through Temple Wood - highly recommended.
There are plenty of extras running throughout August too. During the school holidays Weston’s education team run a series of Discovery Workshops where children can get hands on and out and about across the estate with various indoor and outdoor activities on offer. Check with the venue before travel for details however.
Interesting fact: The world’s first professional footballer’s wife was none other than Lady Mabel Bridgeman, daughter of the 3rd Earl of Bradford from Weston Park. She was married to William Kenyon-Slaney, who scored the first ever goal for England in an international game of football against Scotland in 1873.
Opening times: 10.30am – 6pm daily (last admission 4.30pm). House is closed on Saturdays.
The house has been closed for the past few days to make way for the V Festival. Final clean-up work is still ongoing today, but the house reopens tomorrow.
Verdict: A great all round experience for the entire family to enjoy.
More information: www.weston-park.com