Kingston Bagpuize House, Abingdon, Oxfordshire
Entry is by ADVANCED BOOKING only. The tickets will have hourly allocated slots throughout the day. A booking fee applies and is included in the ticket price.
TICKET SALES WILL GO LIVE ON FRIDAY, APRIL 16TH AT 9:00AM
Please note that no dogs are allowed in the House, Gardens or Plant Fair (except assistance dogs).
This 18th century house is in a unique setting on the edge of The White Horse Vale and surrounded by its beautiful garden and parkland.
The area of garden to the immediate east and north of the house was formal in layout and today this remains the case. The lawns once graced by majestic trees are now largely open; the vista from the east, looking up the beech avenue towards the house, framed by the four Wellingtonias planted around 1860, confirm the importance of this historic house both within and beyond its immediate landscape.
The long mixed border immediately north of the house is planted with roses a wide range of perennial and herbaceous plants and in spring snowdrops and tulips. At the far end, a large Magnolia soulangeana makes a dramatic backdrop when in bloom in late spring. Passing the ornamental gate choice climbers are planted against the south facing wall of the Terrace Walk.
The formal earlier garden is easily imagined with the standard Prunus lusitanica “Portuguese Laurel” around the fountain. With an underground cistern it suggests there has long been a water feature here.
Beyond the small ornamental gate steps led up to the terrace border. This has been planted over the last 20 years as a dry garden with drought tolerant plants giving interest and colour through the seasons. At the end of the terrace is the Pavilion which offers lovely views over the garden.
Riding for the Disabled Association Abingdon
Donations made to SeeSaw (Grief Support for the Young in Oxfordshire) and to the Riding for the Disabled Association (RDA) Abingdon Group
Fair & Gardens: Adults £6.50, Children over 11 £4.40
Children under 11 admitted free of charge, and there is no need to book tickets in advance for children under this age. Children under the age of 16 must be accompanied by an adult.
Prices include booking fees.
ADMISSION IS BY ADVANCED TIMED TICKET ONLY.
TICKET SALES GO LIVE ON FRIDAY, APRIL 16TH AT 9:00AM
The tickets will have hourly allocated slots throughout the day, in order to spread the number of visitors across the day, but once you have arrived at the Fair you are welcome to stay as long as you like up to the closing time of the event. If you are delayed and arrive late for your time slot, don't worry - we'll still let you in!
Free admission for Historic Houses (HH) members from 2pm onwards only. Tickets for Fair and Garden entry still need to be booked in advance online.
The fair closes at 4:00pm but the gardens remain open until 5:00pm
Kingston Bagpuize House
Depending on Government restrictions in place at the time, we hope that Kingston Bagpuize House itself will be open to visitors from 1pm-4pm for an additional admission fee:
Adults £4.00, Children aged 11-16 £2.00 (an additional booking fee may apply)
The arrangements for house opening will be confirmed after 17th May, when the move to Stage 3 of the Government roadmap is expected to be confirmed, and we will email everyone who has booked a Fair and Garden ticket at that time to advise of the outcome, and how to book tickets for House entry should you be interested.
Please note that no other concessions are valid on the day of the Fair.
Main car park is in a large field adjacent to Kingston Bagpuize House. Blue Badge parking is available next to the entrance, with overflow in the field where the Fair is held. Please follow the directions of the parking staff on the day.
The grounds of the Estate include a variety of surfaces, including cobblestones, flagstones, grass, gravel and wood. These can be uneven and steep in places, with steps in certain areas.
There is limited access for wheelchairs, pushchairs, and assistance dogs in the House itself. Mobility scooters are not permitted in the House but are permitted in the grounds.
Accessible toilet available.
Refreshments will be available on the lawns to the front of Kingston Bagpuize House.