Historic manor to open next weekend in Wolverhampton

By Thomas Parkes | Wolverhampton | Attractions | Published:

Visitors can take a step back in time to 1902 when a historic manor opens up next weekend.

Wightwick Manor and Gardens will hold a re-imagining of the 1902 coronation garden party, which was held in the grounds by the Mander family.

A swinging bass band will play at regular intervals, with a traditional Punch and Judy show, races on the tennis lawn, and family crafts will be on offer.

It will take place across the 17 acres of Wightwick Bank site on September 21 and September 22.

Art from Evelyn De Morgan will be showcased during the events, with a new colourful display having been put in place since the start of the month,

It will be showcased between 10.30am to 4.30pm.

The manor is on a seep slope, with some steps – although a step-free route is available.

Some activities could be changed due to the weather, with some activities costing less than £2.

The website posted: "Welcome one, welcome all, The Mander family liked to open up Wightwick Manor and Gardens to everyone for a good Garden Party – and you're invited to join in with music, games and fun for all the family – and free entry."


The historic home was handed over by Geoffrey Mander to the National Trust in 1937.

Wightwick Manor was the first house given under the country house scheme – which went on to save most of the iconic building.

Sir Geoffrey and Lady Manor opened the house on Thursday afternoons to a handful of visitors and continued to live in it during his lifetime – despite donating it.

The popularity of the National Trust and country house soon led to the need for more helpers, who gave tours and welcomed visitors.

Thomas Parkes

By Thomas Parkes
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