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This is one of the most magnificent yet least well-know gardens in England. Unlike 'Capability' Brown’s natural landscape styling, favoured during the late 18th century, Wrest Park’s formal gardens provide a fascinating history of gardening styles, laid out over 150 years and inspired by the great gardens of Versailles in France. The gardens are overlooked by a stylish French-style 18th century mansion and contain wonderful garden buildings. HOUSE RULES This page is designed as a place to discuss Wrest Park - to share tips for a great day out in the park, upcoming events and news from the property. We love hearing the ideas and opinions of our social community, and encourage you to leave comments, photos, videos and links (‘content’) here on our page. However, in the interests of our whole community, by using this site you accept our ‘house rules’ and agree that any content posted by you on our page will follow these rules. Content posted on our page must not: • be threatening, violent, attacking or harassing towards other users • contain or promote discrimination based on race, ethnicity, national origin, religion, sex, gender, sexual orientation, disability or medical conditions • be defamatory of any other person • constitute trolling, repeat off-topic discussions or repeatedly contain similar comments • be obscene, offensive or inflammatory • constitute unlawful activity, or be deemed to support unlawful activity • disclose the name, address, telephone, mobile or fax number, email address or any other personal data in respect of any individual • contain links to files which contain malicious software • infringe any copyright, database right, trademark or other intellectual property rights of any other person • impersonate any person, or misrepresent your identity or affiliation with any person • advertise any products or personal projects which are unrelated to the discussion, Wrest Park or the work of English Heritage If we consider that any of our house rules have been broken, we will take whatever action we feel is appropriate, including deleting any content. We support Facebook’s community standards, and ask that you do, too: www.facebook.com/communitystandards If you have any questions about the house rules, Wrest Park, the work of English Heritage, membership or queries that need a more in depth answer our Customer Services team would be happy to help. Please email us at [email protected].

Looking for some lunchtime reading?Find out more about our stunning pavilion by Thomas Archer built and designed between...
15/04/2020

Looking for some lunchtime reading?

Find out more about our stunning pavilion by Thomas Archer built and designed between 1709 and 1711 as a pleasure house for the duke ➡️ https://eht.social/2WPil98

The meadow in the pear orchard. The Crocus tommasinianus has been and gone the Narcissus bulbocodium is going over but t...
09/04/2020

The meadow in the pear orchard. The Crocus tommasinianus has been and gone the Narcissus bulbocodium is going over but the Primula veris, Tulipa sylvestris & Fritillaria melegris are now stepping up

09/04/2020

Thanks to everyone for sharing their snaps this week of their favourite view of Wrest Park. We loved seeing them so much that we wanted to share some of our favourites with you!🌷

📷 Thanks to Bonnie, Catherine, Claire, Jo, Mandy, Nick, Vanessa, Xenia and Lorraine for the pics!

Did you know that 'parterre' means 'pattern on the ground'? Ours have been bursting with an array of beautiful colours r...
08/04/2020

Did you know that 'parterre' means 'pattern on the ground'?

Ours have been bursting with an array of beautiful colours recently, which we hope will help to brighten up your Wednesday!

07/04/2020

Spring it on! ☀️

Take a look at how our gardens have been blooming over the last few weeks. 🌸

Can anyone guess the names of the flowers?

06/04/2020

As you can't visit at the moment, we wanted to bring Wrest Park to you for some much needed Monday Motivation 🙌🏻

Look at one of our glorious lime trees basking in the sunshine. Did you know that this tree is believed to have been pla...
04/04/2020

Look at one of our glorious lime trees basking in the sunshine.

Did you know that this tree is believed to have been planted in around 1740? It is one of our many historic trees that has witnessed the gardens develop over the centuries.

Do you have any old trees in your garden or near you?

Have you had to take anything unusual home with you to continue your work? Tell us in the comments!From herding sheep an...
03/04/2020

Have you had to take anything unusual home with you to continue your work? Tell us in the comments!

From herding sheep and planting 100 grapevines, some of our fellow English Heritage colleagues have had to take history into their own hands to ensure essential works continue while our historic sites are closed.

Find out more ➡️ https://eht.social/2JCOBTX

Thanks to everyone for sharing your lovely memories and photos of Wrest Park this week! We enjoyed seeing them so much t...
02/04/2020

Thanks to everyone for sharing your lovely memories and photos of Wrest Park this week! We enjoyed seeing them so much that we've shared some of our favourites below! Thanks to Jane and Katie for sending ☺️

This time we'd love to see photos of your favourite view from Wrest Park, so head down to the comments and share away! 📷

Looking for some Wednesday Wisdom this lunchtime?Find out about the influential, powerful and rebellious women throughou...
01/04/2020

Looking for some Wednesday Wisdom this lunchtime?

Find out about the influential, powerful and rebellious women throughout history who lived and worked at English Heritage sites via Google Arts & Culture ➡️ https://eht.social/3dIpXiB

31/03/2020
How To Make A Cardboard Shield

Looking for a fun activity at home with the kids? Have a go at making your own cardboard shield! ⚔️

And don't forget to share your creations with us! 📷

https://eht.social/39qqB0U

Learn how to make a cardboard shield before you and your family go on a day out to one of our historic places. For full instructions from this tutorial, visi...

While you are unable to visit us at the moment, we'd love to hear your fond memories of our site!Tell us about your rela...
30/03/2020

While you are unable to visit us at the moment, we'd love to hear your fond memories of our site!

Tell us about your relaxing walks, favourite statue and the events you enjoyed the most. Don't forget to share your photos with us!

Missing Wrest Park and craving a wander around our beautiful mansion house (all from the comfort of your own home)? Expl...
28/03/2020

Missing Wrest Park and craving a wander around our beautiful mansion house (all from the comfort of your own home)?

Explore the beautiful Countesses Sitting Room via Google Arts & Culture ➡️ https://eht.social/2JnR3O2

You might not be able to come to us at the moment, but we can still come to you: stay tuned over the next few weeks, as ...
27/03/2020

You might not be able to come to us at the moment, but we can still come to you: stay tuned over the next few weeks, as we'll do the best we can to continue to share the interesting stories of our stunning site.

In the meantime, why not find out more about the history behind Wrest Park? ➡️ https://eht.social/2WPil98

Listen to our Head Gardener Andrew Luke talking to the gardeners question time team now BBC radio 4
20/03/2020

Listen to our Head Gardener Andrew Luke talking to the gardeners question time team now BBC radio 4

ℹ️ In line with government guidelines, our staffed sites remain closed. It’s now clear that we’ll not be able to re-open...
18/03/2020

ℹ️ In line with government guidelines, our staffed sites remain closed. It’s now clear that we’ll not be able to re-open on 1 May as we’d originally hoped. Instead we’ll re-open as soon as government advice allows and only when we can ensure everyone’s safety.

Looking for something to do this weekend? 👀Make the most of our outdoor space and play. Grab an activity backpack and a ...
12/03/2020

Looking for something to do this weekend? 👀

Make the most of our outdoor space and play. Grab an activity backpack and a kids' audio trail, and head out to explore the grounds. 🎒

Plan your visit ➡️ https://eht.social/2KYddtg

Happy International Women's Day! 🎉Did you know that Wrest Park was used as an auxillary hospital during the First World ...
08/03/2020

Happy International Women's Day! 🎉

Did you know that Wrest Park was used as an auxillary hospital during the First World War? Many women came to work here as nurses caring for the wounded. 👩‍⚕️

Nursing brought together women from all levels of society who may otherwise never have met such as Edith Taylor, an experienced career nurse, and Nathalie Radley, daughter of the Russian Ambassador.

Find out more ➡️ https://eht.social/2CkwZeO

What are you most excited for this St George's Day Festival?Don't forget to book before 17 April for a 10% discount.Book...
07/03/2020

What are you most excited for this St George's Day Festival?

Don't forget to book before 17 April for a 10% discount.

Book now ➡️ http://bit.ly/StGeorgesFestival2020

Thinking about tying the knot? 🎊Be inspired at our Wedding Showcase on 8 March 11am - 3pm. Find out more and book your p...
06/03/2020

Thinking about tying the knot? 🎊

Be inspired at our Wedding Showcase on 8 March 11am - 3pm.

Find out more and book your place ➡️ https://bit.ly/38g54r7

📷 Binky Nixon Photography

Please note that our second-hand bookshop will be closed this week for essential maintenance.  📕Thanks to the hard work ...
03/03/2020

Please note that our second-hand bookshop will be closed this week for essential maintenance.

📕Thanks to the hard work of our Wrest Park volunteer team and the support of the local community Wrest park's bookshop has been a hit!

📗The money you have raised since we started the project in the summer will be reinvested into the bookshop to make it more functional and a better experience for all.

📘Stay tuned to see where your support in the bookshop is being invested at Wrest Park.

Happy March! 🌷From Women's History Month to Mother's Day, plan your month with our handy list of the best things to do. ...
03/03/2020
Top 5 Things To Do in March - English Heritage Blog

Happy March! 🌷

From Women's History Month to Mother's Day, plan your month with our handy list of the best things to do. Why not tag a friend and plan a day out together?

Find out more ➡️ http://bit.ly/38ogNEl

Winter is waning and spring is on the way. As the days get longer and the weather warms, it's a great time to head out to England's historic places.

29/02/2020

⚠️ Due to a forecast of high winds today the gardens at Wrest Park will be closed to ensure the safety of our visitors.⚠️
The Mansion House and Cafe will be open as normal. If the situation changes we will update this page.

28/02/2020

Don't forget tickets are on sale for our St George's Festival! 🎉

Join us 25 - 26 Apri for the biggest, most action-packed St George's Day celebration in the country.

Tag your friends and book now ➡️ https://eht.social/2T8goSq

We love to see your four-legged friends enjoying our grounds! 🐶Here is a photo sent by one of our visitors, Tina, of her...
27/02/2020

We love to see your four-legged friends enjoying our grounds! 🐶

Here is a photo sent by one of our visitors, Tina, of her dogs having fun in the park on a wintery day! Don't forget to share your photos with us 📷

Find out more ➡️ https://eht.social/2PssOlq

Happy Pancake Day 🥞🍴Did you know that like Easter, Shrove Tuesday occurs on a different date each year because it is cal...
25/02/2020
Why do we eat pancakes on pancake day? - English Heritage Blog

Happy Pancake Day 🥞🍴

Did you know that like Easter, Shrove Tuesday occurs on a different date each year because it is calculated by the cycles of the moon?

Find out more in our blog post and let us know your favourite pancake topping! 🍋

Pancake Day, or Shrove Tuesday, is on 13 Februrary in 2018. We asked Sam Bilton about the history of the celebration. She’s also found an 18th-century recipe for a kind of pancake pie for you to try at home – the ultimate … Continue reading →

Look at the lovely photos of the park that Kat, one of our visitors, captured at the weekend. ☀️Don't forget to share yo...
24/02/2020

Look at the lovely photos of the park that Kat, one of our visitors, captured at the weekend. ☀️

Don't forget to share your photos with us, we love to see them! 📷

Check out our opening times ➡️ https://eht.social/2ZqhQUj

22/02/2020

⚠️ Due to high winds today the gardens at Wrest Park will be closed to ensure the safety of our visitors.⚠️
The Mansion House and Cafe will be open as normal and the Butler School event will still be taking place in the Library.

Discover English Heritage's top 5 things to do this February!Our favourites include:🌟 Our fun Get Hands on with History ...
20/02/2020
Top 5 Things To Do in February - English Heritage Blog

Discover English Heritage's top 5 things to do this February!

Our favourites include:

🌟 Our fun Get Hands on with History half term activities
🌟 Taking a wintery walk around our grounds
🌟 Cosy trips to our cafe

What are yours?

It’s a leap year, which means there’s a whole extra day to enjoy England’s historic places this month! From getting hands-on through the ages to cooking up Victorian pancakes for Shrove Tuesday, here’s our top 5 things to do with … Continue reading →

Don't forget that we are open 10am - 4pm all week this February Half Term!Take a wander around our grounds, enjoy a trea...
19/02/2020

Don't forget that we are open 10am - 4pm all week this February Half Term!

Take a wander around our grounds, enjoy a treat in the cafe and take part in our Get Hands on with History activities. Do you have what it takes to become the butler of a country house?

Find out more ➡️ http://bit.ly/WrestParkFebHalfTerm2020

Ever wanted to work in the beautiful surroundings of Wrest Park or know of someone that does?We have an exciting opportu...
18/02/2020

Ever wanted to work in the beautiful surroundings of Wrest Park or know of someone that does?

We have an exciting opportunity for someone to join our operational team as a Site Supervisor.

We are looking for one full time and one part-time supervisor. Find out more ➡️ http://bit.ly/EnglishHeritageJobs

Are you looking to gain new skills or experience in events with a national organisation or know someone who is?We're loo...
18/02/2020

Are you looking to gain new skills or experience in events with a national organisation or know someone who is?

We're looking for Events Volunteers to help us host our large scale events during the year and we'd love to hear from you!

Find out more and apply on the English Heritage website - http://bit.ly/WrestParkEventsVolunteer.

Looking for something to listen to this weekend? Hear our senior properties historian Dr Andrew Hann and PhD student Jem...
08/02/2020
Episode 45 - Unearthing Wrest Park’s Mithraic Glade and Root House

Looking for something to listen to this weekend?

Hear our senior properties historian Dr Andrew Hann and PhD student Jemima Hubberstey reveal why the glade was created and the literary inspiration behind it in the latest English Heritage podcast.

Following an archaeological dig to discover the secrets of the Root House that once sat in the mysterious Mithraic Glade of Wrest Park in Bedfordshire, we meet senior properties historian Dr Andrew Ha

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Every year we enjoy the St George’s day festival at Wrest Park. Here’s some photos which came up in my memories today. Keep safe everyone and we look forward to visiting again in the future 🙂
Photo taken the last day Wrest Park was open 💜
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Memories of a magical afternoon in Wrest Park yesterday - mist only started lifting around 3.00 pm.
Well tomorrow is the last day of our time at Wrest Park this Hallowe'en, trying to solve the riddle of the Hungry Haunting. All of the ghost hunters who have helped us have been brilliant! Even today with the interesting weather we had lots of people come along. If you haven't managed it yet, come along tomorrow. Mrs Bottom and Mrs Squires would be delighted to see you!
A rare photograph of the Earl and Countess de Grey enjoying a stroll in the gardens yesterday - digitally remastered!
THE BEST Halloween experience I have ever been to......I'm not going to spoil it for anyone but it was honestly brilliant. After many years of attending Pumpkin hunts to come to Wrest Park and feel a part of an event was just inspired. Suitable for all, entertaining and unique - you have to go along and meet Mr Squires and Mrs Bottom......NOT TO BE MISSED!
Another brilliant day at Wrest Park today trying to solve the Mystery of The Hungry Haunting. Hundreds of people turned up to help, and hundreds were brilliantly successful. Don't worry though, the ghosts will still be there tomorrow so come along and join us.
Thank you for a great day solving puzzles and pumpkin carving. BZents were great as always.
We had a fantastically spooky day today! The performers were amazing and we all really enjoyed it 😁😁😁.
Enjoying some shade at the 'Bath House' 😁
Had a lovely afternoon at Wrest Park yesterday. I haven't visited the park since I lost my dog so I was nervous about returning. I shouldn't have worried, as soon as I arrived I was warmly greeted and made very welcome. One lovely lady let me say hello to her beautiful Spaniel and many of the dog owners where really friendly which was nice therapy for me. Also I was impressed by all the beautiful flowers and Pumpkins growing in the walled garden. Stunning!