The Friends of Lydiard Park run a programme of activities throughout the year including talks, tours and special visits. These are all open to the public. During 2020 we ran a very successful series of online lectures on Historic Heroines featuring historical women of Lydiard House who have witnessed and changed history. Recordings of these talks are now available along with other topics ranging from the remodelling of Lydiard house in the 18th century to the fascinating history of bellringing.

Click on the links below to see more about the talks we have coming up and to book. You can also download our Lydiard Park heritage walking trail here. (We need the link to this inserted here)

Check back as well for an update on the in-person events that will resume after Lockdown eases.

Historic Heroines 4: Margaret Beaufort; power, preferment and family protection

20th April 2021

Medieval historian Dr Lynda Pidgeon explores the relationship between King Henry VII’s devoted mother Margaret and members of her extended family; a care for her blood relations which sometimes conflicted with concern for her son.

Garden Visiting: A Very British Tradition

18th May 2021

Horticulturalist and garden historian Margie Hoffnung takes a light-hearted look at the many aspects of gardens through the ages which might tempt people to visit them

The Ladies of Lydiard; who will you vote for?

8th June 2021

Local historian and writer Frances Bevan in conversation with author Nicola Cornick to celebrate the launch of Frances’s new book ‘The Ladies of Lydiard’.

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