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Lodge Park

The National Trust's Lodge Park located near Northleach in the Cotwolds
The National Trust's Lodge Park located near Northleach in the Cotwolds

About Lodge Park

Lodge Park, situated on the picturesque Sherborne Estate in the Cotswolds, was created in 1634 by John 'Crump' Dutton and inspired by his passion for gambling, banqueting and entertaining. Until 1983 it was the home of Charles Dutton, 7th Lord Sherborne, and, when bequeathed, it was the first project undertaken by the Trust that relied totally on archaeological evidence.

Visitors can now experience how the unique grandstand would have looked in the 17th century and enjoy the impressive views of the deer course and park, which was designed by Charles Bridgeman in the 1720s. Wonderful walks around the surrounding Sherborne Estate cover 1,650 hectares (4,000 acres) of beautiful rolling countryside, and include the restored and working water meadows and sweeping views of the River Windrush.

The village of Sherborne is divided into two parts, with the East End exploiting the model village design of the mid 19th century, and the West End retaining many of the older buildings in the village.

What's on at Lodge Park

  • Throughout the year: Nature talk and tea events featuring specialist speakers and traditional afternoon teas. Guided walks with the rangers through the Sherborne Park Estate
  • March & April events: There'll be scavenger hunts, planting pots and other activities at Lodge Park this Spring. includes Cadbury Easter Egg Hunts
  • July & August events: Guided walks through the Bridgeman landscape and living history days
  • September events: includes 'Heritage Open Days' and ‘Boil a Mouse in Urine’ living history
  • October events: includes Halloween at Lodge Park, including children’s trails and activities and Major Pipework, recorder band

Disabled Access at Lodge Park

Designated mobility parking and drop-off point, 50 yards from Lodge Park with an adapted toilet at Lodge Park (when the property is open). Steps to the entrance of the shop at Lodge Park. There is no lift at Lodge Park, so wheelchair users will not be able to access the first floor and roof. The grounds at Lodge Park are step free although the Bridgeman landscape walk does have some uneven ground.

Dogs welcome at Lodge Park

Well behaved dogs on short leads are welcome.

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