Chiswick House Not Reopening This Year
Trust say events normally subsidise public access to the building
Chiswick House and Gardens Trust have confirmed that Chiswick House will not be reopening until next year.
They say that, as event income normally subsidises opening the House, they are unable to allow access to the public until 2021. The gardens will remain open.
Trust director Xanthe Arvanitakis said, "Unfortunately the loss of income from our partner and private events means we have had to make some very difficult decisions. We can’t afford to open the House this year, even in a good year the surplus from our event income subsidises the opening of the House, but we will reopen in 2021 with a bang. We are also not able to carry out the essential repairs to the Playground which is why it remains closed. We are absolutely committed to being able to raise the funds to ensure we can reopen the playground as soon as it’s safe to do so.
"But when one door closes, another one opens. As you’ll see below, we’ve planned a range of activities in the gardens over the Summer to raise funds and have some fun on the way. We kicked off with our Wednesday Webinars last week. Over the next 6 weeks you can enjoy yoga by the Ionic Temple, come to one of our Summer Open Days in the Kitchen Garden, take part in our Chiswick House Art Competition or have an evening out with Chiswick Festival in the Walled Garden.”
The trust has so far raised over £35,000 with an additional £16,000 raised from the Chiswick House Friends Lego® Brick fundraiser. Their target is to raise £120,000 by September.
You can donate to the appeal here.
Programme of Events at Chiswick House
Summer Open Days
Scavenge in the Kitchen Garden, peruse the Chiswickbuzz Craft Market, meet the beekeepers, be immersed in storytelling, get crafty, explore the Kitchen Garden and much more, kindly supported by John D Wood & Co.
Plenty of activities for all the family to enjoy. Plus a food and drink to buy from pop-up stalls and dedicated socially spacious picnicking spots.
There are timed entry slots throughout the day; whichever time slot you select you will be able to experience all of the activities on offer.
This month they will have lots of courgettes, potatoes, shallots, radishes, summer berries, cut flowers and much more!
All produce is grown organically and funds raised from the sales go towards the Trust’s fundraising efforts.
Whether you’re an aspiring painter or a seasoned sketcher, you are invited to recreate your favourite aspect of Chiswick House and Gardens.
The competition is part of the #WeLoveChiswickHouse campaign and is open to people of all ages. More information and how to enter can be found here.
The Chiswick Festival has been launched this year to help raise funds for the Grounds. All of the events will take place outdoors in the Park, safely socially-distanced, and starting with a program of fitness classes hosted in the stunning setting of the Ionic Temple.
The Wednesday Webinar series in partnership with Chiswickbuzz continues with a talk from John Armstrong on The Three Ages of Chiswick House and How They Inspired a Lego Model.
Find the full series of webinars on their website, there's lots coming up with something for everyone! The webinars are free to enjoy, although a donation to support fundraising efforts will be greatly appreciated.
Chiswick Book Festival Online
This year’s Chiswick Book Festival will take place online over the long weekend 10 - 14 September.
Attendees will join in online, with sessions taking place on video, Zoom and in podcasts. Instead of buying a ticket this year, a donation would be greatly appreciated by the Chiswick Book Festival. Find out more about the programme of events and how to donate via their website.
Dog Treasure Hunt
Chiswick House Dog Show have sadly had to cancel this year's show but in its place will be this event for all the family with their dogs of course.
Keep an eye out the Dog Show website for more details.
You can also support Chiswick House by texting LOVE to 70450 to donate £5 or online to donate any amount.
July 22, 2020