On this page you will find information about local art events organised and delivered by other socieities and organisations.

The Courtyard Art Studio is running an Art Exhibition at its base at Claydon House from 7th September to October 2nd 2019 which members may be interested in as this is the organisation run by Peter Keegan who was so impressive when he recently demonstrated portraits in oil at our monthly meeting. Peter is also running a workshop for us on 13th April.





Upton House and Gardens 


Events April to December 2019




Family garden walk and talk

Tue 13 and Tue 20 Aug, 11.45am-12.30pm, 1pm-1.45pm & 2.15pm-3pm

Come on a walk around the garden and hear stories about Kitty Lloyd Jones who designed the garden for Lord & Lady Bearsted in the 1930s. Listen to one of our volunteer storytellers tell you tales of the garden designed by Kitty Lloyd Jones.


Outdoor Theatre - Wind in the Willows
Fri 16 Aug, 6.30pm-9pm
Join Mole, Ratty and Badger on their adventures, messing about on boats, and rescuing the reckless Mr Toad from his brushes with the law in this heart-warming, whimsical tale of friendship, mishap and madcap adventures in Quantum Theatre’s brand new adaptation of this timeless classic. Adult £15, child £7.50




Give it a go art workshop – silk scarves

Thurs 5 Sep | 10:00-13:00 | £30

Learn how to make a silk scarf inspired by the gardens at Upton. Local artist, Lis Mann will provide you with all the tuition and materials to make your own version of her fabulous hand dyed silk scarves. Lis has an amazing talent for bringing fabric to life. This is your chance to learn all she knows. Lis will provide you with all of the materials you need to make your own version of her fabulous hand dyed silk scarves.  Booking is essential. Tickets are £30 per person +5% booking fee. This event is aimed at adults.


National Portrait Gallery Exhibition: Nature’s Champions

Sat 21 Sep – Mon 9 Dec

Get face to face with champions of the natural world in a new exhibition opening at Upton House and Gardens in partnership with the National Portrait Gallery. From Sir David Attenborough and Linda McCartney to William Wordsworth and Octavia Hill, we will be celebrating those who have shaped the way we think about nature today. This exhibition complements the 1930s Shell advertising posters including the See Britain First campaign, which harnessed and conformed to a distinctive aesthetic vision of the English countryside in the 1930s. We will also be highlighting some of the landscape paintings from our own collection in our ‘picture in focus’ display in the sitting room. We will bring together paintings from our collection to see how artists’ vision of the natural world changed over time. These exhibitions also provide a chance to open up conversations about the inherent environmental challenges faced when travelling in the countryside.



Afternoon tea talk - 2nd Viscount Bearsted: Philanthropist & Warwickshire Guardian

Thursday 12 September | 14:30-16:00 | £10

Lord Bearsted made his mark as one of the major philanthropists of his age.   A leading member of the Anglo-Jewish community, Lord Bearsted showed high regard for the duty of charity in accordance with his Jewish religion.  Join House Host Ann, who will explore a selection of Lord Bearsted’s extensive charitable works, and share stories about Upton’s 1930s owner.


Heritage Open Days

Saturday 21 – Sunday 22 September | 11:00-17:00 | FREE

As well as opening the property for free for the weekend, we are putting on complementary buses from Banbury. We are inviting locals to be amongst the first to see 'Faces of Change: Nature's Champions' in partnership with the National Portrait Gallery. From Beatrix Potter to Chris Packham, see portraits of those who've shaped how we think or feel about green spaces and nature today.


Whilst you're here, book a time to visit the house and discover some of the stories behind the people who lived and worked at Upton House and Gardens in the 1930s. You can also take a stroll around the spectacular gardens and see the wonderful collection of Asters that encourages a late flourish of hover flies, pollen seeking bees and drifts of passing butterflies