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National Trust to stage Jubilee celebrations across Shropshire

From picnics to parties, beacons to tea dances, there will be something for everyone at their favourite National Trust place across the extended bank holiday weekend.

The Dudmaston Estate near Bridgnorth is recreating a 1950s street party atmosphere in the orchard from 3 – 5 June, whilst Attingham Park near Shrewsbury is inviting people to enjoy its beautiful grounds for picnics as part of the Big Lunch initiative on Sunday 3 June.

Sunnycroft in Wellington, has direct links with the Jubilee as its former owner Joan Lander, helped to embroider Elizabeth II’s coronation robe. As well as an exhibition charting her involvement there is also a Jubilee Jamboree event on 3 June.

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Attingham Park is also hosting ‘A Grand Day Out’ Jubilee celebration on Monday 4 June, where animated favourites Wallace and Gromit’s new mini animation will be shown for the first time. There will also be Wallace and Gromit model making workshops with trained Aardman animators; themed trails, fun games for children and exclusive themed retail and catering treats for all the family.

To find details of your nearest event visit www.nationaltrust.org.uk/midlandsjubilee.

“What better place to come together and celebrate, than at a house, garden or open space that has been at the heart of its community and loved by residents here in Shropshire for decades, sometimes centuries,” said Beccy Speight, Regional Director for the National Trust in the Midlands. “We’re looking forward to welcoming visitors and local communities to join us for this very special Diamond Jubilee.”

And, if the Jubilee is the inspiration for dusting off the picnic hamper, there are plenty of picturesque spots in Shropshire to enjoy a picnic throughout this summer of celebration:

Attingham Park, near Shrewsbury
Pack a hamper and head for the picnic area in the orchard or just lay down a rug on the front lawn in front of the mansion, and enjoy your food amidst beautiful surroundings.

Benthall Hall, near Broseley
Top up your picnic with some cake from the newly opened tea-room and then enjoy a picnic in the garden.

Carding Mill Valley and the Shropshire Hills
Sitting on top of the Burway in Church Stretton offers amazing views over Carding Mill Valley and the Shropshire Hills. The Chalet Pavilion in the valley offers a range of tasty treats to enjoy.

Dudmaston Estate, near Bridgnorth
Choose a lovely spot in the garden to enjoy your picnic or head for the main picnic area in the orchard, opposite the tea-room. There’s also benches close to the play area – perfect to keep an eye on the little ones.

Sunnycroft, in Wellington
Use the front lawn at Sunnycroft as a backdrop for your picnic and then wander around the garden and admire the blooms.

People can suggest and share their own favourite picnic spot at www.facebook.com/midlandsfreshair.

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