Weston Park for just 50p as estate celebrates anniversary

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Visitors to historic Weston Park will be able to enter the stately home and grounds for just 50p for one day to mark half a century since its doors opened to the public.

The discounted rate will apply on June 3 to celebrate the anniversary of the 6th Earl of Bradford opening the estate to the public in 1964.

The estate is now owned by independent charitable trust the Weston Park Foundation and welcomes more than 250,000 visitors a year. It is also home to the annual V Festival, which attracts thousands of visitors from across Britain and beyond.

Sights available to visitors include the home's newly re-decorated drawing room, Lady Anne's Memorial Garden and one of Capability Brown's rare pleasure grounds Temple Wood.

Weston Park was the latest of a string of country houses to open its doors to people to look around when the Earl made the decision 50 years ago.

The anniversary will also coincide with a volunteer's day at the home, where people interested in getting involved can talk to some of the 100 people who already work on the estate. A cheese and wine event will be held at the estate's Granary Deli from 3.30pm.

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