Wrest Park is blooming with events this summer

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The ‘secret’ gardens of Wrest Park in Silsoe, Bedfordshire, are letting visitors share in their many treasures with plenty of music and children’s events all summer long, making it the perfect choice for a great value day out.

English Heritage is thrilled to announce two summer concerts over the August Bank Holiday weekend.

The festivities kick off on Saturday, August 24, with legendary rock band Status Quo, who will be performing some of their biggest hits from their catalogue of music which spans nearly 40 years.

Then on Sunday, August 25, the flags will be waving for ‘Britannia Rules’ where the first half of this concert will be the world premiere of a new album, Orchestral Coldplay.

The second half will be a traditional ‘last night of the proms’ style concert with special guest Lesley Garrett, Britain’s most popular soprano and concert performer.

The whole evening will open with a display by The Grace Spitfire!

For those looking for something more chilled out on a relaxing summer afternoon with a picnic or stroll around the grounds, there are musical treats to accompany them every Sunday throughout July.

English Heritage general manager at Wrest Park Jenny Mayer said: “We can’t wait to welcome visitors of all ages with a variety of events this year.

“We are particularly delighted that concerts will be returning to Wrest Park after a 15-year absence.

“They have been really missed and we look forward to sunny days with some great music once again filling the air on the lawns of this beautiful property.”

On weekdays the grand house and gardens will come alive as young explorers go on their own adventures through history from enlisting in the Soldiers or Time Travellers School and playing Victorian games, to discovering mini-beasts or digging clues from the past.

Plus, if they check in with their Time Travellers passport at events and collect four stickers, they can claim a reward!

Summer is a great time to visit Wrest Park as the gardens come to life.

There are many flowers in full bloom in the French Parterre, beautiful scents are encapsulated in the Rose Garden, and not forgetting the climbers and blaze of colours in the Italian Garden.

Younger visitors can also follow /wrestpark on Facebook to look out for Wresty the Wyvern!

The Wyvern formed part of the De Grey family’s crest, as seen on features such as the gate piers around Wrest and on the fireplace in the orangery, which was taken from the old house before it was demolished in the 19th century.

For further information on events at Wrest Park and other English Heritage properties, visit www.english-heritage.org.uk/events.