We were delighted to welcome so many SPS members and new faces to Ickworth House yesterday for a thoroughly enjoyable afternoon exploring this National Trust gem.

The afternoon kicked off with short walk and talk from National Trust manager Adrian Shepherd who explored the history of the house and some of the challenges facing the estate including how to plan and adapt for climate change.

We then split into two groups. One accompanied the head ranger on a guided walk of the wider estate where we saw evidence of the original Ickworth village close to the original manor house, demolished before the current house was built. We also learnt about ongoing work to reinstate trees in the landscape to recreate the views of the Capability Brown inspired scheme – many of which were lost during the war as parkland was turned over to food production.

Meanwhile a second group accompanied the curator on a tour of the artwork collection in the house. We also had the chance to view the exquisite and extensive silver collection which is thought by many to be the finest in Europe.

Finally we were treated to a fabulous array of sandwiches and cakes at the Ickworth Hotel – the perfect venue to relax and chat with others over afternoon tea.

Many thanks to all those who came along and supported the Society. Special thanks also Reeman Dansie, Fine Art Auctioneers for kindly sponsoring this event and to the National Trust and the Ickworth Hotel who generously opened their doors to us.

Find out where our next events are taking place – all in wonderful Suffolk locations – see our website for details and how to book.