Upcoming Events

Asthall’s Grand Day Out

Jun 17, 2017

Asthall’s Grand Day Out Open gardens with poolside boutiques, feasting and cocktails! Saturday 17th June 10 am – 7pm

Don’t miss this chance to wander through Asthall Manor’s exuberant gardens, which will be at their summery, rose-drenched peak. Along the way, you will discover some of Britain’s top design talent and experience workshops and performances from local charities, whilst enjoying Oxfordshire’s most innovative food and drink.

10% of proceeds and all admission will be shared between Oxfam, Climate Outreach and Pegasus Theatre. 

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Designers (selling at special prices) will include:

* Award-winning British jewellers Yunus & Eliza, whose work appears in Game of Thrones
* Milliner Noel Stewart, whose clients include Kiera Knightley and Lady Gaga
* Womanswear designer and British Fashion Awards winner Holly Fulton
* Shoe designer Atalanta Weller, whose work is in the permanent collection at the V&A
Elvis and Kresse, creators of stunning and sustainable accessories from reclaimed materials
* Fantastical scarves and cushions from graphic artist Emma J Shipley
* Master green wood worker Will St Clair, giving pole lathe demonstrations
100 Acres Apothecary, bath and body products inspired by the English countryside
* Hand crafted hammock chairs to wallow in by Bohorockers
* Riz Boardshorts, men’s tailored swim shorts made from 100% recycled and recyclable fabrics
* Pachacuti, heritage panama hats sourced ethically and locally throughout the supply chain
* Bold and sustainable swimwear from AURIA, made from discarded fishing nets 

They will be joined by Fashion Revolution, a global movement calling for greater transparency, sustainability and ethics in the fashion industry, and by our three featured charities, all based in Oxford, with workshops, entertainment and ethical shopping opportunities:

* Pegasus Theatre is a pioneer in participatory arts, sparking creativity and imagination in young people from all backgrounds. They will be joined by Emma Boor, with her brand new Puppets Go Wild show, Hey Little Bird, packed full of puppetry, songs and lots of ways to join in, and Teresa Heapy, who will be reading from the latest book in her award-winning Very Little series – Very Little Rapunzel. 

* Climate Outreach aims to detoxify climate change as an issue and help us all to talk about it in a constructive way. Join their lighthearted activities to discover what’s wrong with pictures of polar bears, what we could gain by embracing climate protection, and how to start a happy climate conversation.

* Oxfam is a global movement of millions of people who share the belief that, in a world rich in resources, poverty isn’t inevitable. Oxfam will present an interactive display of essential life-saving kit used in emergencies around the world, from jerry-cans and toilets to hygiene kits and hand puppets, as well as activities like snakes and ladders with a twist and a retro Oxfam pop-up shop.

Food at our Grand Day Out will include:

* Thirst quenching cocktails from Boxer Gin, distilled and bottled in England
* Fiona Cullinane and Lorraine Wood, the duo behind The Potting Shed café and St Ebbe’s Kitchen, with salads and cakes featuring fruit from Asthall Manor’s walled garden
* Maudie Fraser, vegan chef, whose signature creations include Zaatar-spiced popcorn cauliflower and salted caramel brownies
* Sufi Spice, authentic home cooked Punjabi cuisine, made with organic locally sourced produce.
* Artisan coffee from the expert baristas at Horsebox Coffee

Admission: £5 adults, children under 12 free. Wet weather back-up plans in place!

GUIDE DOGS ONLY We look forward to seeing you! 

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Garden openings summer 2017

Jan 17, 2017

This is our year off from on form, but we are open on the weekend of 17-18 June. Sunday 18 June is our regular opening for the National Gardens Scheme., from 2-6pm. This year, we are also planning to open for charity the day before this, with the added attraction of some very special performances and carefully chosen products for sale. This event is in early planning stages, so watch this space for more details in March. We do open the garden to groups, but our group visits are fully booked for 2017. 

Spring Bazaar 2017

May 04, 2017

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Ruth White yoga classes

Jan 09, 2017

Weekly classes are held during the school terms, and taught by Ruth and John White. They run from 7.30-9.00pm on Monday evenings. There is no need to book, but please come a little early if it is your first time.

Winter term starts Monday 9th January - Monday 3rd April 2017

There will be no class on 13th February.

For more information on term dates, prices and their practice, visit their website, or telephone 01993 831032

Anna Chern Yoga classes

Nov 16, 2016

Classes are on Wednesdays from 10am to 11am on 25th January - 22nd March, 5th April - 10th May, 24th May, 14th & 21st June.

For more details please contact Anna Chern agmchern@gmail.com 01386 700963

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Asthall Manor, Ballroom and Gardens

Asthall Manor, overlooking the swans and stumpy willows of the Windrush Valley, dates from the early seventeenth century, but probably occupies a medieval site. Lady Joan Cornwall and her son Sir Edmund Cornwall are believed to have lived in it during the fourteenth century.

The present house – or an earlier version of it – was probably built for the Jones family, who occupied it until the 1670s or 1680s, followed by the Peacock family, and then, from then mid-eighteenth century and for much of the nineteenth, by the Bateman family.

The Manor was a convalescent home during the first world war, and in 1919 it was bought by Lord Redesdale, father of Nancy and the other Mitfords. It was on Asthall Manor, as well as the Redesdales’ other houses, that Nancy’s fictional Alconleigh is based. In 1926, the Manor was sold to the Hardcastle family, who retained it until 1997.

The present symmetrical appearance of the house has resulted from alterations made for the Batemans in the nineteenth century, and for Lord Redesdale in the 1920s. Lord Redesdale also converted the barn into a ballroom/library, with its huge bay window and Jacobean-style ceiling, and built the cloisters to connect this new ballroom and the rooms above it to the main house. The house was slightly reduced in size by the present owner in 1998-9.

A more extensive history of Asthall, written by R.B. Peberdy for the Victoria County History series, can be found here.

The Ballroom at Asthall Manor is available for hire for life-enhancing events. Click here for details.

The gardens were designed by I & J Bannerman in 1998. Their aim was to allow the garden to flow into the Windrush Valley landscape beyond it. The gardens blend form and freedom, open views and secret spaces. Long tranquil walks bordered with sharp wedges of yew, vast beeches enclosing a hidden lake, orchards sloping down to the mill stream, stone tubs overgrown with roses and a formal box-bordered parterre provide a quintessentially English setting for fine art. Asthall Manor’s entrance is notable for the sculptures by Anthony Turner which adorn its gateposts.

Asthall Manor's gardens will next be open for the National Gardens Scheme on Sunday 18 June 2017, from 2pm to 6pm. 

The garden has recently featured in the following books: Landscape of Dreams,  Secret Gardens of the Cotswolds and English Gardens, and has been the subject of many newspaper and magazine articles, most of which can be found here.  Most recently, head gardener Mark Edwards was interviewed on his innovative techniques of rose pruning for the Telegraph's Saturday garden section.

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