Our bicentenary year begins – standby for exciting changes

Hi everyone, we hope you had a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year wherever you were celebrating the beginning of 2019

Jan 10 2019

Staunton

Photo credit: Graham May

It’s definitely going to be a momentous year for Staunton as we mark the 200-year anniversary of Sir George Staunton buying the estate.

Before that special anniversary, there’s a lot of amazing changes set to take place on site not only to celebrate 200 years of Staunton’s history but to ensure that visitors of all ages can return time after time to a fun and interactive place packed with modern facilities.

We know that this is no small feat - a lot of people are involved in making it happen, including our fantastically dedicated staff, volunteers and project team.

In the coming weeks, a contractor will be appointed so that work can start on the construction of the new 350-space car park. The Victorian Coach House will also be converted into a modern, multi-purpose visitor centre with refreshment facilities and plant sales.

Our message to everyone is that it’s business as usual throughout this, and we will do our very best to keep disruption to a minimum over these 10 months or so.

We’ll keep our social media feeds updated of any small changes you can expect, so please check our Facebook and Twitter feeds before you visit. Information boards around the park will also be a help. We’ll do our best at keeping walking routes open around as much of the park as possible, providing alternative routes when needed.

We look forward to welcoming you when you visit to enjoy our stunning 200-year-old Regency landscape.

Regency landscape

Photo credit: Graham May

Also arriving this year:

  • Restoration of the Grade II* listed landscape
  • Conservation of the historic follies and Chinese bridge
  • Two activity rooms available to community groups and the park’s volunteers
  • New toilet facilities
  • New trails and activities

This blog post is part of a series designed to offer updates on the key improvement work at Staunton, along with highlighting volunteering opportunities, and showcasing stories of Staunton’s special heritage. We hope you’re enjoying it so far.

If you’re keen to get involved in this once-in-a-lifetime project as a volunteer, email: StauntonHLF@hants.gov.uk

Until our next blog...