There’s so much to see and do at Compton Verney

Join Compton Verney’s summer adventure for children and families as the art gallery throws open its doors and invites you to the one of the biggest holiday fun events this year. The gardens and grounds are filled with wildlife and paths through flower filled meadows. There are places to run, hide, jump and play. For adventurers, playful, curious and imaginative children it’s a summer filled with chances to make, create, discover and draw.

Every Tuesday between 23 July- 27 August you can join the Little Makers Sessions family workshops with creative drawing and play sessions throughout the summer holidays between 11am-4pm.

Forest School is open every Thursday during the school holidays 11-3pm with the Early Years Forest School sessions for the under 5’s between 12.30- 2.30pm. There’s bug hunting, tree bark rubbing and much more. You can pond dip to look for interesting creepy crawlies or sit quietly in the bird hide to watch as our winged friends come to peck at the bird feeders. If you want to explore, you can take a trek through the galleries looking at the art, count how many cats you can see in the paintings, are there any dogs? Can you even spot the mythical Lyger?

The summer exhibition is ‘A Tea Journey; From the Mountains to the Table’ an amazing tale of the trail of tea as the luxurious leaves travelled from China more than 200 years ago and were so expensive, they were kept under lock and key. Draw your own teapot, make clay flowers and leaves with moulds by artist Phoebe Cummings whose beautiful wet clay artwork can be seen by peeking into a plastic tent which keeps it from drying out . . . although it will eventually dry and its beauty will crumble away. See a fragile bamboo Japanese tea house or have your own happy cup of tea moment in the café or grounds.

There’s a celebration of all things tea in the all day Tea in the Park Day Sun 18th August 11-5pm.

It’s garden party with a difference. To celebrate the summer exhibition ‘A Tea Journey’ there will be workshops talks demonstrations around tea and family friendly activities . Children can dive down the ‘rabbit hole’ and join the Mad Hatters Tea Party where they’ll meet Alice and her friends . With cream teas and croquet on the lawn, and a barbeque, it’s a day to enjoy the countryside and a cup of tea.

All the arts and crafts and forest school sessions are free to membership holders and did you know it costs just £33 for an annual membership for a family of 2 adults and upto 4 children?

That’s fun for the sun and then right through the Autumn, Christmas and into Spring next year with all the permanent collections free to wander around in too. The Tea exhibition and our upcoming exhibitions cost an extra £5.50 for each adult but children go free. The Tea Sensorium where you can create clay moulds, draw your own teapot and explore the scent of teas from all over the world is free to annual membership holders too. So, for just £33, six people can have a year filled with fun at Compton Verney Art Gallery and Park.   www.comptonverney.org.uk

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