The first of two Antiques Roadshow programmes filmed at Wiltshire’s Bowood House and Gardens (near Calne, Wiltshire. www.bowood.org) back in the summer will air on BBC1 this coming Sunday 3 January at 8pm. The second programme from Bowood is then scheduled for the following Sunday (10 January).
Treasures being featured in the first one-hour episode will include a collection of glass car mascots, a portrait used for target practice by schoolchildren and a previously unseen account of the sinking of the Titanic written by an officer who survived.
The two programmes from Bowood will provide TV viewers with a flavour of the glories of Bowood’s 2,000-acre Capability Brown parkland, ahead of 2016’s nationwide celebration of the tercentenary of the legendary landscape designer’s birth.
Capability Brown was at the height of his fame when he embarked on the parkland at Bowood in 1763, commissioned by the 1st Marquess of Lansdowne.
Bowood is one of the earliest examples of his fully-developed style.
Bowood will mark the anniversary year with its ’Terrestrial Delights’ exhibition in the House’s Robert Adam Orangery. The exhibition will run from the start of the season (with the House and Gardens re-opening on Friday 25 March) and extend right through to autumn.
A series of special guided, monthly Capability Brown tours of the parkland at Bowood are scheduled for the public throughout the season – these dates are provided at the foot of the attached press release.
The 2016 season will also see the return of the monthly guided tours of Lord and Lady Lansdowne’s private four-acre Walled Garden that is situated behind Bowood House.
Both types of garden tours can also be arranged during the week for private groups of 20+ visitors.
June 2016 sees the return of Toby Buckland’s Garden Festival for its second year at Bowood on Saturday 5 & Sunday 6 June – I attach a further press release with this announcement.