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“Christmas @ Petworth House”

Petworth House and Park
Ranked #1 of 9 things to do in Petworth
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: Step inside the imposing 17th-century mansion and discover a treasure house filled with an internationally important art and sculpture collection.
Reviewed December 8, 2014

Although the house and servants quarters were both quite restricted, it was worth the £5 admission. The grounds make for a delightful stroll. More plants and shrubs need identification. Useful parking for access to Petworth and the Christmas fair

Thank kopiteSuttonSurrey
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Reviewed November 27, 2014

We went to a talk on Mr Turner today, given by Andrew Loukes, a curator at PH, and a very knowledgable and articulate man.

The talk was given in the cafe, and we all had lovely comfortable seats, set in a semi-circle to allow all the participants to have a good view of the screen, and while there was a bit of jostling at the beginning, it all seemed to work well overall.

Mr Loukes talked about the making of the film, Mr Turner, which most of the participants had seen, and for those who hadn't, I can only imagine that if they go on yo do so, their experience would have been enhanced by the talk.

We were also given a significant insight into both the life and times of Turner, and also the social, cultural and political landscape that influenced the narrative that Turner wanted to convey to his viewer. As someone who has seen the film, and knows something of the era, but nothing about either art history or Turners' paintings, I found myself enlightened in a knowledgable, enthusiastic and very accessible way. I could have both listened to, and talked with, Mr Loukes all day!

The talk also related to the forthcoming Turner at Petworth, and again, it was interesting to hear about the various paintings and artefacts that will be on show, and we both look forward to going back in January to see it.

In addition to Mr Loukes' amazing talk, we also had coffee and a light lunch included in the ticket price, which made the event even greater value. Something we will definitely repeat if the opportunity arises.

6  Thank PortsmouthCtk
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Reviewed November 22, 2014

The house itself was closed but they were holding a 2 day Christmas market from today 22nd November so we thought we would take a look. You need to walk approx 700 metres to the various marques up by the house itself. There are over 70 stalls selling all manor of christmas fayre from the usual to the somewhat unusual like Marshmallow mushrooms. Lots of things like chutneys and jams (plus you can try before you buy). Clothing and jewellery and ceramic goodies, we purchase a few items so it wasn't a wasted trip, You do need to pay £5 each to go in though

1  Thank karen b
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Reviewed November 21, 2014

A fabulous house with a remarkable art collection.
The grounds, lakes, walks and deer are a sight to behold and to be enjoyed!
Had a light lunch in the wonderful Audit Room, but it would have been nice if the ham in my ham sandwich was more than 2 microns thick!

Thank rotiel321
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Reviewed November 21, 2014

Perfect way to spend Sunday afternoon with family and friends.... a walk in the park in autumn after Sunday lunch

Thank Cath468
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