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Petworth House and Park
Tuesday 16 July 2019

Inspired by the Baroque palaces of Europe and nestling in the South Downs National Park, Petworth House displays the finest art collection in the care of the National Trust. Shaped by a family of collectors over the past 800 years, this beautiful 17th century country mansion has inspired countless artists including England’s greatest landscape painter JMW
Turner. We will be able to see over 250 internationally important paintings, as well as classical and neo-classical sculptures, carvings by Grinling Gibbons and fine furniture and ceramics.
During our visit we have arranged a guided tour led by one of Petworth’s experienced guides using their new VOX audio system, which allows tour members to clearly hear their guide whilst appreciating the many treasures on display, including world famous paintings by Van Dyck, Reynolds, Blake and Turner. We will also be able to wander the woodland Pleasure Grounds and acres of Capability Brown landscaped deer park with glorious views of the South Downs National Park. We can imagine what life was like ‘below stairs’ in the atmospheric Servants’ Quarters.
On arrival we can relax in the Audit Room Café, originally built as a sculpture gallery, and enjoy tea or coffee and biscuits, included in the cost. Once you have fully explored the house and grounds, those that want to will be able to explore the historic market town of Petworth which is just a few minutes’ walk away.
We can either take picnics, have lunch in the Café or visit one of the numerous venues in the village offering various refreshments. The café serves a range of freshly prepared seasonal meals together with a delicious range of cakes, biscuits and cookies and cream teas.
Depart Bradmoor Farm: 08.30 for 08.45 or pick up opposite Lambert Arms : 09.00
Depart Petworth: 15.15 (planned return Bradmoor Farm about 17.30)
Cost per head: £35.00 or Cost per head for NT or Art Fund Members: £21.50
Cost includes tea/coffee and biscuits on arrival plus a 45-minute guided tour.
Visit Organiser: Alison Stevenson 07768 400890