Events Archive

Friends of Lydiard Park 2024 Spring Meeting

Wednesday, 22nd May

We do hope you can make this special on-line meeting and we can all put more names to faces, both near and far. We will be sharing our exciting projects and events for 2024, and look forward to seeing you online.

Members’ Tour of Hook Farm, Lydiard Tregoze

Saturday, 18th May 2024

A wonderful opportunity to visit the dairy farm that Elliot Woolford records in his fascinating diaries,1896-1940, and today provides a dedicated supply of milk to Waitrose Supermarkets.

The Viscount who fought as a Tommy – World War I story of Vernon Henry St.John

Tuesday, 16th April 2024

Guest speaker, the military historian and author Christopher Jary joins Lydiard Friends’ Chair, Sarah Finch-Crisp, to reveal Vernon St.John’s wartime story; fighting with the 6th Dorsets at Passchendaele through the grim autumn of 1917 and facing the German spring offensive on the Somme in 1918.

Vernon St.John, 6th Viscount Bolingbroke – from out of the shadows

20th March 2024

Join Friends’ Chair Sarah Finch-Crisp for an illustrated talk on the early life of Lydiard’s last lord in residence, Vernon Henry St.John (1896-1974)

Friends Christmas Party

3rd December 2023 2.30 pm

Our annual Christmas get-together is taking place in the newly refurbished Lydiard Park Hotel & Conference Centre.

Cakes and Tales Lydiard Tregoze Family History Event

17th November 2023

Explore The Lydiard Archives for free, and share your memories of Lydiard Park and the Parish of Lydiard Tregoze. Donations towards your home-made afternoon tea are much appreciated. If you would like to attend please let Julie know at [email protected] so that we can ensure we have enough refreshments!

Margaret Beauchamp Baroness and 15th century matriarch

15th October 2023

Talk by St. John family historian, Sonia St. John including a surprise "unveiling", followed by a delicious afternoon tea.

Heritage Apple Day

10th September 2023

An event for families, foodies and plant enthusiasts.  Discover over thirty different varieties of heritage apples from Golden Knob to Colonel Vaughan.  Meet Lead Gardener Andy Dyer to find out more about their history; taste the apples, enjoy traditional apple games and sample Lydiard's delicious cider and apple juice.

Members' Summer Visit to Sudeley Castle

18th July 2023

On Tuesday 18th July 2023 we will be visiting Sudeley Castle. Invitation letter has been sent to members. A copy can be found on the Members' Area of the website. You can also contact [email protected]

Exploring Archaeology at Lydiard Park - a walking tour with professional archaeologist Chris Ellis.

9th July 2023

Discover the fascinating archaeology unearthed by Chris and his team from Wessex Archaeology in 2004-5, from a boat house mystery to a Roman villa.

Music in a Mansion - A Celebratory Concert with the Dodecantus Choir

4th June 2023

With music specially chosen from across the centuries to reflect Lydiard's history, the acclaimed Dodecantus chamber choir will perform in the elegant surroundings of the Main Hall.

Members' Spring Meeting 2023

20th May 2023

Our Spring Meeting is a great chance to catch up with news and enjoy a fabulous homemade tea. 'The Lydiard Chronicles' author and prize winning novelist, Elizabeth St.John will be our guest speaker.

How Genealogists Use DNA

19th April 2023

Referencing the St.John’s of Lydiard Park, family historian Sonia St.John provides a fascinating guide to the meaning of DNA test results and what they can tell you.

A history of the country house and Christmas

15th December 2022

A Christmas Tour of Lydiard House with John Wood, Lydiard House Collections & Engagement Manager, followed by a festive afternoon tea.

A Christmas Tour of Lydiard House with Debra Melsom, followed by a festive afternoon tea

11th December, 2022

Enjoy the traditional Christmas decorations at Lydiard House, then a delightful festive tea.

Ladies of Lydiard – a tour with Frances Bevan, followed by afternoon tea

20th November, 2022

Frances Bevan's tour brings the ladies of Lydiard to life, followed by afternoon tea.

Cakes and Tales: Lydiard Tregoze Family History Event

Tuesday, 15th November 2022

Explore The Lydiard Archives for free, and share your memories of Lydiard Park and the parish of Lydiard Tregoze Lydiard Park.

From Manor House to Stately Home – architectural tour with Michael Gray, followed by afternoon tea

9th October, 2022

Explore the beautiful architecture of Lydiard House with Conservation Architect Michael Gray, followed by afternoon tea.

Lady Diana Beauclerk: a tour with Nicola Cornick, followed by afternoon tea.

11th September 2022

Discover the fascinating story of Lady Diana Beauclerk, 18th Century Artist and Female Icon, with author and historian Nicola Cornick.

Members' Summer Trip

20th July 2022

Members have the opportunity to visit Blenheim Palace, the State Rooms, landscaped parkland and a private talk "Ladies of Blenheim"

Members' Tour of Park Farm, Lydiard Tregoze

21st May 2022

This is a wonderful opportunity to visit historic Park Farm on a private tour

Members’ Spring Meeting

7th May 2022

Our annual Spring Meeting is a great opportunity to catch up with news, find out about our latest projects and enjoy a special talk by local historian and writer Frances Bevan.

Conservation Symposium

7th April 2022

A Symposium it taking place on the significant programme of works to the magnificent interiors at St. Mary’s Lydiard Tregoze.

A Georgian Love Story

22nd February

Nicola Cornick, historian and author, discusses the Georgian love story of Lydiard Park's Frederick St. John and Ashdown House's Arabella Craven.

Members Christmas Party 2021

Saturday 4th December

We are delighted to able to hold our annual Christmas get-together in person at Lydiard House this year.

Cakes and Tales : Lydiard Tregoze Family History Event

Thursday 18th November 2021

If you have family connections with Lydiard Park and the parish of Lydiard Tregoze this is a chance to share your memories and explore The Lydiard Archives with Friends of Lydiard Park Chair Sarah Finch-Crisp and fellow volunteers.

Heritage Open Days

11th, 12th, 18th and 19th September

The Friends of Lydiard Park will be taking part in the national celebration of heritage.

Family Activity Day - Stylish Stuarts

Saturday 7 August

Discover, create and explore! Join in a range of free activities at St Mary's Church between 11 and 3pm on Saturday 7 August.

Lydiard Tregoze Family Activity Day - Fantastic Creatures

Saturday 24 July

Discover, create and explore! Join in a range of free activities at St Mary's Church between 11 and 3pm on Saturday 24 July.

Members Summer Trip

27th July 2021

Members have the opportunity to visit Strawberry Hill House and its lovely gardens

The Ladies of Lydiard; who will you vote for?

8th June 2021 Event Postponed

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’.

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

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.

‘Empty Corridors’; Lydiard House as you’ve never seen it

16th March 2021

Explore the abandoned State Rooms and servants' quarters with former Keeper of Lydiard House and Park, Sarah Finch-Crisp. Drawing on rare photographs and the words and voices of post war occupants, discover the lost world of a mansion in decay.

‘Love at Lydiard’; in celebration of Valentine’s Day

16th February Event Postponed

Nicola Cornick, archivist for the Romantic Novelists’ Association, discusses the Georgian love story of Frederick St John and Arabella Craven. From the ballrooms of London to piracy on the high seas, Frederick and Arabella’s story encompasses all the adventure, glamour and scandal of the Georgian age.

‘From Manor House to Stately Home’; transformation and reputation

19th January

Conservation Architect Michael Gray explores the radical remodelling of Lydiard House in the 18th Century, the family tensions that accompanied it and how the old medieval manor house can still be traced within the Palladian mansion we know today.

Members Christmas Party

Thursday 17th December

Relax, raise a glass and enjoy a convivial Lydiard themed party programme specially devised to blow away the Covid blues.

Historic Heroines 3 - Lady Ann St. John Wilmot: Spymistress to Charles II

8th September 2020

Author Elizabeth St. John travels to Cromwell’s Commonwealth as Anne St.John Wilmot, Lady Rochester, secretly conspires with the Sealed Knot to restore King Charles to England’s throne.

Historic Heroines 2 - Lady Diana Beauclerk: 18th Century Artist and Divorcee

11th August 2020

Author Nicola Cornick looks at the life and work of Lady Diana Beauclerk and considers how the time she spent living at Lydiard House influenced her art.

Historic Heroines 1 - The Lady of the Tower: A story of the Keeper's Wife

14th July 2020

Author Elizabeth St.John brings a new perspective to one of the world’s most famous castles and prisons – The Tower of London and her ancestress Lucy St. John.

Lucy Hutchinson, 1620-81: The English Revolution and Women’s Writing

June 22nd – 24th 2020 Event Postponed

An international symposium at Nottingham Castle. Keynote speakers include Friends of Lydiard Park ambassador Elizabeth St. John talking about how Lucy Hutchinson’s royalist family, the St. Johns, impacted her puritan reality.

An Introduction to Heraldry

17th June 2020 Event Postponed

Stephen Slater, author and fellow of the Heraldry Society of England, reveals a hidden language of fabulous beasts, symbolic animals and corrugated boiler flues!

Redeeming Death - Mortality, Portraiture and the Quest for Salvation

20th May 2020 Event Postponed

Talk by Jessica Rosenthal Mcgrath, exploring commemorative portraits in parish churches in the late 16th and early 17th century.

Annual Members Meeting

16th May 2020

Annual Meeting deferred to 2021 - please visit your Members Log-in page for more information.

San Diego Book Fair Historical Fiction Panelist

4th April 2020 Event Postponed

Written in their Stars

‘Angels, Buckets and Bells’

14th January - 4th April 2020

This exhibition has now closed.
A creative exhibition celebrating St. Mary’s Lydiard Tregoze

Margaret Beauchamp baroness and 15th century matriarch

30th March 2020 Event Postponed

Talk by St. John family historian, Sonia St. John

Rancho Santa Fe Author Talk

26th March 2020 Event Postponed

The Lydiard Chronicles, a historical fiction series, is named after Lydiard Park, the St. John ancestral home in Wiltshire, England.

Hard Hat Tours

27th February 2020

Discover the vital repair works taking place inside St. Mary’s Lydiard Tregoze

The Lydiard Chronicles Lecture Tour

February and March 2020

Tales from Inside the Tower of London - Presented by the English Speaking Union of the United States