If ever there’s a time to explore Beningbrough Hall, Gallery and Gardens, this is certainly it. Not only does the elegant Georgian home and surrounding grounds look especially stunning in autumn’s golden light, but its current exhibition – coupled with a special dose of season-inspired events and activities – is well worth traveling over for alone.
Yorkshire! Achievement, Grit and Controversy is an ode to the tenacious people of God’s Own Country – bringing together a unique body of paintings, photographs and sculptures that portray some of the most significant names to have heralded from the region. Among the selection of ‘game-changers, rebels and influencers’, you’ll find everyone from musician Jarvis Cocker to anti-slavery campaigner William Wilberforce, activist/conspirator Guy Fawkes and artist David Hockney.
Step outside of the National Trust property and you’ll find plenty more art to explore outdoors, Yorkshire-based printmaker Gerard Hobson having taken over the grounds and outbuildings with a treasure trail of beautifully crafted scenes themed upon the animals and plants that call Beningbrough their home. A series of accompanying lino-print workshops also provide the opportunity for visitors to get creative themselves; while Exploring the Magic of Trees will help fire the minds of budding young artists and nature-enthusiasts with hands-on activities including bushcraft, broomstick making and a (nearly) naked tree walk!
One arboreal species that Beningbrough has in abundance is the apple tree – there are more than 50 varieties on site! Time your visit to coincide with Apple Celebration Week and you’ll be able to sample some of Yorkshire’s juiciest local produce, with chutneys, ciders and crumbles galore. Finally, flex your own green fingers by getting involved in a collective effort to help ready the hall’s new Mediterranean Garden (designed by RHS Chelsea Gold Award winner Andy Sturgeon) – and take a little piece of Beningbrough home with you.
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Yorkshire! Achievement, Grit and Controversy, 5 March–3 November 2019, Normal admission charges apply/free to National Trust members - Book now
Featuring over 20 paintings, photographs and prints, this fascinating exhibition brings together some of Yorkshire’s most iconic and controversial figures.
From harvesting to pressing, baking to tasting, take part in a week-long celebration centred upon the humble apple – the king of English fruits.
After the leaves have fallen and the flowers have gone, discover beautifully crafted artwork by Yorkshire-based artist Gerard Hobson and make your own nature-inspired linoprints.
Nurture your child’s inner tree-hugger with a week of different activities exploring the magic of trees.
Many hands make light work! Take part in a collective effort to ready the ground for Beningbrough’s new Mediterranean Garden and take some of your hard efforts home to plant in your own green space.