Stonor Park

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Stonor park is a beautiful country estate near Henley. It’s still lived in by the Stonor family and has been for the last 850 years! The house and grounds, gardens and views are magnificent, making it a wonderful place to hang out and explore, especially on a sunny day. 

At certain times of the year you can look around the house and chapel, although the main attraction for families is the Wonder Woods playground. This is a really nice natural style play ground sitting within interesting trees and grassland.

The planners have done a great job of thinking of little kids as well as bigger ones. The area itself is fenced in. Our 7 year olds had a wonderful time exploring by themselves for well over an hour, whilst we supervised our younger children in the sand and water play area (obviously we kept an eye on them!!).

Another highlight is the beautiful gardens – a perfect place for playing and exploring. 

When we visited it was Easter and we were able to take part in the special Easter trail and climbing activity which were both great fun.

Where and When

The Wonder Woods are open April to November. For exact times its best to check their website especially as times for the house and chapel vary.

Stonor Park, Henley-on-Thames, Oxfordshire, RG9 6HF

 

 

What else you need to know

Pricing: For the Wonder woods and gardens £6. 50 per adult, £5.50 per child (but check their website)

Pushchairs/Prams: The paths are all surfaced so technically not a problem although the wonder woods area is quite undulating.

Cafe/Restaurant: the shop sells a small selection of sandwiches and drinks but best to take a lunch with you. There is an indoor area to sit and eat as well as outside benches.

Toilets: good clean toilet facilities (I forgot to check for baby change facilities but I would expect there to be some)

Other: The car park is right next to the play area so it’s easy to grab lunch etc from the car without needing to carry everything with you. Also, the area itself is not massive, so happy walkers could ‘toddle’ happily without a pram as you are never a million miles away from the car.

Contact/More Information

T: 01491-638587
E: enquiries@stonor.com
www.stonor.com

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We too are social distancing because of the Coronavirus (Covid-19) and none of the House, Chapel, grounds, gardens or Wonder Woods Adventure Playground are open at the current time. ... See MoreSee Less

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🎶You put your left leg in!...🎶 The sun is shining and our chickens have been spotted doing a little Friday dance. Anybody else? Have a great weekend 😊 ... See MoreSee Less

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Look at this little chap in his freshest, greenest exoskeleton, only to discover it's early March and 'green' hasn't arrived yet! #mustbemonday #nowheretohide 😬 On the bright side, our beautiful peonies are on their way! 🌸#hurryupspring #newbeginnings #gardenlife #stonorpark
(Photo credit, Catherine - our gardener 👏)
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Stonor has its very own tale of intrigue...It was Easter 1581 and the famous Jesuit priest, Edmund Campion, had been travelling round Protestant England preaching to Catholic families in secret. Known to the Stonor family, he was given refuge here to print, in the greatest secrecy, a pamphlet describing 'Ten Reasons' why the historical Catholic faith should be preferred over the teachings of the newly Established Church. Discovery of the printing led to renewed searches for the author. He was captured in August, 1581. As a result of torture, the role of the Stonor family was revealed and led to exile and long-term arrest of different family members. Edmund Campion was hung, drawn and quartered at Tyburn in December, 1581. He was declared a Saint in 1970, one of 40 English and Welsh martyred so honoured at that time. The rooms used to print this work can be seen, along with an exhibition describing St. Edmund Campion's life and death.
#worldbookday #secrethistory #historichouses #terribletudors
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Hello March! This beautiful moment was captured by our gardener, Catherine. After weeks of rain and clouds, a glimpse of sunshine. More please! Have a lovely week 😊 ... See MoreSee Less

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✨BBC Antiques Roadshow - Share your story✨ Do you own an item that has its very own story? A piece with a mystery surrounding how it came to be in your family or a sentimental item perhaps, or even a piece of local history! The BBC Antiques Roadshow team are keen to discover the personal stories of items hidden in our homes. Don't be shy! Share your story here bbc.in/387ugQM ... See MoreSee Less

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✨Could you own a missing masterpiece or priceless treasure?✨ We are thrilled to be hosting Fiona Bruce and the BBC Antiques Roadshow team when they film here at Stonor Park on Tuesday 23 June. A great day out for all the family and brilliant opportunity to go behind the scenes of one of the BBC’s best-loved programmes.
You never know, it could be your item that gets chosen to be on TV! Entry is FREE and everyone is welcome! Get hunting for those treasures!
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💨💦Sorry, we are closed!💦💨 We will not be opening our Wonder Woods adventure playground today due to a forecast of heavy rain and strong winds. It looks much better tomorrow so we'll be ready to open again from 10am-4pm.
Wrap up warm and keep dry😊
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