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 August2019






The Ideas behind Design: Vintage Heal’s Posters Exhibition
Thu 07 Mar – Sun 28 July, 11am-4.45pm
Come to Upton House this spring to see an exclusive collection of vintage posters from London’s Tottenham Court Road furniture store: Heal’s. The exhibition will illustrate the inter-war vogue for modern living and furnishing.


Give it a Go - Felt a Flower Workshop
Thu 4 Apr, 10am-12.30pm
Join the very talented Laurelie Packer for the chance to create a felted flower. With spring bursting forth all around us there is no better time to receive hints and tips on using felt to bring vibrancy and life to your crafted flowers. Beginners encouraged. £30 incl. materials and refreshments. Booking essential.



Easter at Upton

Sat 6 – Sun 28 Apr, 11am-4pm

Join us at Upton House and Gardens for lots of outdoor fun this Easter. Follow the foot prints through our Woodland Walk to see what wildlife you can find hiding along the trail. See how many birds you can spot and discover how they create their made-to-measure homes. There are plenty of other creatures to be found along the Spring walk too.


Cadbury Easter egg hunt

Fri 19 – Mon 22 Apr, 11am-3pm

Chicken Licken and his pals discover gravity – take the challenge and win a fabulous Cadbury’s chocolate Easter egg. Join us for a trail around the grounds of Upton House and Gardens. Do some exploring, answer our clues and don't forget to collect your Cadbury chocolate prize! £3 per trail plus normal admission.


Guided family walk

Mon 8 Apri, 10am-12pm

Join us for a short, guided walk of the stunning countryside surrounding Upton House and Gardens. This beautiful, gentle walk has a special family focus. Children of all ages are welcome and participants are encouraged to bring a camera.


Afternoon Tea Talk - Farnborough Hall’s Ornamental Landscape: A Hidden History
Thu 11 Apr, 2.30pm-4pm
Uncover the hidden history behind Farnborough Hall’s ornamental parkland, and hear about the 10-year restoration scheme underway. Farnborough Hall’s 18th-century parkland was designed to draw travellers’ attention to Warwickshire’s views and vistas. £10 including cream tea. Booking essential




Give it a go – clay handling workshop

Thu 2 May, 10.30am-2pm

Join Penny, a local well known pottery artist, for a light-hearted go at making pottery! Starting with a forage in the gardens to look for inspiration in our beautiful landscape, Penny will then teach you how to hand build your own clay creation, impress in clay and use slip colours to decorate it. She will take it away to be fired, returning it 3 weeks later for collection from Upton. Beginners very welcome, no experience necessary! £58 inc materials and refreshments. Booking essential



Afternoon tea talk – fashioning the modern woman

Thu 9 May, 2.30-4pm

Join house guide Jane to hear how and why styles of dress changed in the 1930s. Who was the fashionable woman and what did she look like? With a range of clothing items and accessories for you to see, Jane will illustrate how ‘modern’ ideas and technologies were shaping female fashion between the wars. The talk will be followed by a traditional cream tea. Tickets are £10 and booking is essential.



Edge Hill, Shenington and on to Upton long walk
Mon 10 Jun, 10am-3pm
Starting out from the church in Tysoe join an experienced guide for a strenuous 8.5 mile walk stopping for a steaming bowl of soup at Upton House and Gardens. In association with the Cotswold Voluntary Wardens. £6.50



Summertime Jazz Night
Sat 6 Jul, 6.30pm-9.30pm
The fabulous Great Central Big Band are back this summer to thrill and entertain you with some classic jazz era numbers. Bring a picnic and a blanket, treat yourself to a drink from our pop-up cocktail bar, and get ready to sing along! Booking is advised.
Adult £15, child £7.50 (+5% booking fee)



Afternoon Tea Talk - The Bearsteds and the Riviera Set
Thu 11 Jul, 2.30pm-4pm
Discover the highlights of the 1930s French Riviera with house guide Victor.  Hear the story of Lord and Lady Bearsted’s villa ‘La Serena’ and the pleasures and pursuits of their exclusive Rivera lifestyle. £10



Summer Story Time
Sat 20 Jul, Tue 6 and Tue 27 Aug, 11.45am-12.30pm, 1pm-1.45pm & 2.15pm-3pm
Join Cat Weatherill, storyteller and author, at the woodland den to hear fascinating stories from the garden. Critically acclaimed author Cat Weatherill is coming to Upton House and Gardens to tell stories from the garden inspired by Kitty Lloyd Jones, the garden designer who redesigned the gardens for Lord & Lady Bearsted in the 1930s. Cat’s storytelling has been described by The Times as ‘a masterclass in enchantment’. Don't miss out

Wildlife Wednesdays
Wed 24 Jul – Wed 28 Aug, 11am-3pm
Join us every wednesday throughout the summer holidays to learn everything you ever wanted to know about badgers, bees, hedgehogs and more. From arts and crafts to quizzes and talks, there's something for all ages. Please see the website for more details nearer the time.


Family-friendly Give It A Go Art Workshop
Thu 1 Aug, 10am-1pm
Join talented local artist Lis Mann for a special family-friendly art workshop. Introduce the family to peg loom weaving - a simple way to create some impressive pieces of art. Choose from a selection of materials and weave your own mat. Price includes materials and refreshments. Adult £15, child £10



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