BBC’s Antiques Roadshow to visit Wrest Park this summer

Exciting times! BBC One’s ever popular Sunday evening programme, Antiques Roadshow, will be filming for its 41st series in the grounds of English Heritage’s Wrest Park in Bedfordshire on Thursday 19th July 2018.

Fiona Bruce and the team of Antiques Roadshow experts will be waiting to welcome visitors to the event, so it’s time to dust off those family heirlooms, raid your attics and dig out the car boot bargains to bring them along for free advice and valuations.

Last year, the programme celebrated four decades on the road with some truly amazing finds. Presenter Fiona Bruce explains: “Can this year be even better than our last? We’ll have to go some way to top the most valuable Faberge ever seen on the programme, a correction to Darwin’s theory of evolution by the great man himself and one of the best collections of show business memorabilia ever seen by our experts.

 “But I have every confidence we’ll do it and the thousands of people that come along to see us will pull some extraordinary things out of their bags/trolleys/bits of newspaper/suitcases/boats – and one year even out of a cart led by a dog. I can’t wait.”

Alison Austin, English Heritage’s Operations Manager at Wrest Park, said: “We are thrilled to be welcoming the Antiques Roadshow to Wrest Park this summer and I can’t wait to see what hidden treasures visitors will bring along on the day.”

Wrest Park is a spectacular country house which was designed to look like a grand French chateau. Visitors can explore the evolution of the English garden with a stroll through three centuries of landscape design at Wrest Park. From dazzling parterres and fragrant borders, to sweeping views and woodland walks, the 92 acres of award-winning gardens (Gold winner, Anglia in Bloom 2017) are a real treat for the senses. The house also has a remarkable history and operated as a military hospital and convalescent home during WW1. Today the property is in the care of English Heritage.

Robert Murphy, series producer of Antiques Roadshow, said: “We are looking forward to welcoming thousands of visitors when we bring Antiques Roadshow to Wrest Park.  It promises to be an entertaining day out at the start of the holidays and we’re looking forward to seeing cherished objects and hearing personal stories – make a day of it!

“It’s a great free, family day out and you can see how we make one of BBC One’s most popular programmes. You never know what will be the special object and our team of experts look forward to helping visitors discover the story of their item’s past.”

Doors to the event on Thursday 19th July open at 9.30am and close at 4.30pm. Entry to the show is free, everyone is welcome, and no tickets or pre-registration is required. More information, frequently asked questions and parking information can be found at: www.bbc.co.uk/antiquesroadshow or on the show’s Facebook page. Visitors should also check the website for any updates before setting off to the event.

Although visitors are welcome to just turn up on the day, they can also share their stories about the special items they are bringing along ahead of the event by using the ‘Share Your Story’ section on the Antiques Roadshow website. Alternatively, email: antiques.roadshow@bbc.co.uk or write to Antiques Roadshow, BBC, Whiteladies Road, Bristol BS8 2LR.

For more information about Wrest Park and its opening times, visit www.english-heritage.org.uk/wrest.


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