Final open day at National Trust’s dovecote and stables

Willington Dovecote.
Willington Dovecote.

The last open afternoon of the season takes place at the National Trust Dovecote and Stables in Willington on Sunday, September 27, from 1pm until 5pm.

The theme is Tudor Willington, where you can find out about John Gostwick’s friendship with Thomas Cromwell, Gostwick’s links with Henry VIII, Catherine of Aragon, and Anne Boleyn, and Willington Manor in the 16th century.

Visitors can enjoy Tudor music by Minstrels Gallery, make finger loop braiding as it was done at the time of the Spanish Armada (1588), and see displays and demonstrations of Tudor embroidery made for TV’s Wolf Hall, Cromwell’s home, by Renaissance Silkwork.

There is free admission and car parking, but donations to the National Trust towards the upkeep of these beautiful buildings welcome.

Light refreshments served in the nearby church, with an organ recital from 3pm to 3.45pm.

For more details contact Dorothy Jamieson, National Trust volunteer, on 01234 404879.