Change coming to historic house
Acton Court in Iron Acton is to undergo major changes that will see its summer opening season take on a different format next year.
Built in nine months for a weekend visit by Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn during their summer tour of the West Country in 1535, the house and grounds have been open to the public for 20 years but this year is the last of its formal summer season.
Lisa Kopper, Artist in Residence at Acton Court told the Voice: “At this stage there are a number of structural repairs that need to happen and the walls have suffered greatly over the past few years due to the unusual weather patterns. We need to schedule vital repairs and are planning to announce future plans at the end of the year.”
“We would like to open the gardens in June as during the years of summer tours, the public has rarely been able to see the beautiful Acton Court roses.”
Over the years Acton Court has become known for its high quality events and especially the renaissance music performed in King Henry VIII’s rooms of state. This summer is no exception and tickets for two concerts, Music for the Two Mary’s on the 29 July and Glorianna on the 12th August are still available.
The grounds have been cultivated as a small wild life reserve with Hawk and Owl
Trust volunteers working to maintain the natural habitat and fauna. Wildlife broadcaster Chris Sperring MBE will be taking evening wildlife walks on the 12, 18 and 20 July.
Tours conducted by Blue Badge Guides also feature and take in both house and grounds which includes the stunning wild meadows and Tudor style organic kitchen garden.
More information can be found at: www.actoncourt.com