Bells & Whistles PR has been appointed by Fetcham Park in Surrey to support its Heritage Open Day on Sunday 11th September.
The team have created an engaging community campaign to promote the Open Day and entice local people to visit the Grade II* listed house in Fetcham. This includes an art competition for all ages that reflects this year’s Heritage Open Days theme - the Year of the English Garden - coinciding with the 300th anniversary of Capability Brown.
Thanks to local historian, Vivien White, the mystery of who designed the original gardens at Fetcham Park will be revealed at the Open Day, together with a detailed exhibition of her research.
Visitors will also learn about the house’s previous inhabitants and the visionary creators of the palatial 18th-century building, including an artist from Versailles, a royal architect, and a pioneering gardener.
As part of England’s biggest heritage festival, Fetcham Park’s hidden history will be brought to life. Explore the Shell Room, Drawing Room and Salon, complete with elaborate plasterwork and decorative gold leaf, and marvel at original murals in the Great Hall by Louis Laguerre dating back to the early 1700s.
45,000 volunteers across the country will donate their time over four days in September to celebrate England’s history, architecture and culture; offering people the chance to see hidden places and try new experiences.
Heritage Open Days patron, Loyd Grossman, explains: “Heritage Open Days and its army of volunteers play an important role in championing our wonderfully diverse local heritage, opening up doors and keeping access free for these very special four days every year. Don’t miss this once-a-year chance to be a tourist in your own town and treasure the treasures on your doorstep.”
Victoria Stanton, of Fetcham Park, is looking forward to showcasing the house and gardens to the wider community: “Although a popular business centre for over 15 years, Heritage Open Day is a chance for local people and families to explore some hidden history on their doorstep.
“Without Vivien White’s interest and research, we could not share the exciting discoveries that give the house and gardens further historical significance.”
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