Exciting events promised throughout April at Kelmscott Manor

By Swindon Link - 20 March 2023


Kelmscott Manor is inviting people to be part of The Wild Escape this April, a major new national project led by Art Fund.

Visitors have the opportunity to explore the natural environment around the Manor which inspired revered artist and designer William Morris.

A spokesperson said: “Throughout April we will be running a series of free family activities where you can come along and be part of this nationwide project.

“This will culminate in celebrating Earth Day on 22 April. Inspired by the Strawberry Thief thrush, the most iconic design and creature associated with the Manor, families will be invited to make a Strawberry Thief to be part of our visitor produced art installation.”

The events are:

Saturday, 8 April – Bed Bugs embroidery workshop. Join artist Kay Adamson to stitch a creature inspired by William Morris’s iconic bedspread.

Saturday, 15 April – Incredible insects! Discover the creepy crawlies all around us and craft your own with the learning and outreach team.

Saturday, 22 April – Earth Day Celebration. Celebrate nature as part of this national event!

Entrance to the grounds and to take part in activities is free but a ticket is required for entrance to the house.

People can visit Kelmscott Manor from April to October on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays from 10.30am to 5pm, and full details are at www.kelmscottmanor.org.uk

The Wild Escape is made possible by funding from Arts Council England’s National Lottery Project Grants, with additional support from Kusuma Trust, Foyle Foundation and a group of generous individuals and trusts.

The Wild Escape is inspired by Wild Isles, a landmark BBC series exploring the flora and fauna of the UK.

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