Antler Hunt & Deer Park Walk @ Dyrham Park

It's spring again and Dyrham's fallow deer will soon be shedding their antlers. Always wanted that stately home look for your mantlepiece? Then this is your chance. Join me for an antler hunt at 10am sharp - it needs to be an early start as it's "finders keepers" and the park can get busy on a sunny day.

To manage your expectations a little I've been volunteering in the deer park for 3 years and have found only one antler (which a 7 year old boy beat me to) and my volunteer colleague has 3 but they are all left ones. But hey it'll be fun anyway and get you out of bed on a Sunday morning!

At about 11 we'll regroup and head over to the other side of the park to see the doe and fawn herd and visit the Saxon Camp at Old Lodge.

Finally, end the morning with a well earned cuppa in the Café or if it's nice why not bring a picnic. You're then free to explore the house and garden - or carry on hunting!

The NT website has this to say or find out more yourself at: http://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/dyrham-park/visitor-information/

"Explore 270 acres (110 hectares) of ancient parkland, where a historic herd of fallow deer roams freely and magnificent trees and breathtaking views abound.

Inside the impressive mansion, built by hard-working civil servant William Blathwayt, discover fascinating interiors little changed in 300 years, as well as a rich collection that includes superb Dutch art and ceramics of the period.

Complete your visit with a relaxing stroll in the elegant West Garden with its splendid borders, idyllic ponds and wildflower orchard."

Gift Aid - Whole Property: £12.50 Garden and park only: £5.20

Standard - Whole Property: £11.20 Garden and park only: £4.60

NT members - entry is of course free (so why not join - hint hint).

This event will be on whatever the weather and it's just possible the deer will decide to shed their antlers late or early this year, so keep an eye on the comments - I can't control nature but I will let you know. Gates open from 9.45am so please arrive early.

N.B. sorry - no dogs allowed in the deer park or garden - the deer don't like them.

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  • Laurence B.

    I thoroughly enjoyed the park and the whole educational experience.
    Thanks to Elsa and the team for putting it together for us.

    1 · April 28, 2014

    • Moonraker

      and how about that dead pigeon, how did that go down?

      April 28, 2014

    • Laurence B.

      Well, actually assumed you had hidden it in your poachers pocket- but went back later anyway to get it- then turned it into a real feast for 2 -- and washed it all down with a couple of glasses of National Trust organic pond water.

      April 28, 2014

  • Elsa

    Thanks for the lovely comments. Well done to everyone for persevering in the rain. I'll look to do another event during the rut in late October. Elsa
    P.S. Henry VIII was married to Catherine of Aragon (his first wife) when Dyrham's Royal Charter was signed.

    1 · April 28, 2014

  • Mark U.

    Thanks Elsa, it was a really enjoyable visit and interesting to hear about the deer. Well done to Colleen for finding an antler!

    1 · April 28, 2014

  • Jo C.

    Thank you Elsa, a really interesting & enjoyable day :-)

    1 · April 27, 2014

  • Beth C.

    Really good day. Thanks to Elsa for organising it

    1 · April 27, 2014

  • Geoff

    Thank you Elsa for today, enjoyed the walk and scenery.

    1 · April 27, 2014

  • Geoff

    First time to Dyrham Park, will visit again

    1 · April 27, 2014

  • Pam P.

    Sorry to pull out last minute but foot injury didn't respond well to steep bits yesterday so have decided to be sensible. Hope you all find lots of antlers

    April 27, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Sorry -somethings come up this morning that I have to deal with.

    April 27, 2014

  • Louisa

    Hi folks, if anyone is driving from Bath could I possibly have a lift please? I live in Larkhall, so I could meet you on the London Road or the big roundabout where the A46 and London Road join. Happy to contribute to petrol. Best wishes, Louisa

    April 24, 2014

    • Barrie W.

      Hi Louise. What about the corner of St Saviours Road on London Road. I think there is space for me to pull in just after the corner on the main road. About 9.25 to give enough time be OK with you. I'm driving a red Renault Megane and I'll email my number.

      April 26, 2014

    • Louisa

      Yes that's just where I was going to suggest. Will text you my number in case of problems. Thanks and see you tomorrow, Louisa

      April 26, 2014

  • Elsa

    Hi the good news is that there were 5 1/2 sets of antlers still on the deer last night and with the showery weather today we will have a good chance of finding any that fall off between now and then :-)
    Sadly, the forecast isn't the best but is mainly for showers and similar to today, so that should help us all judge what to wear! We will be up to 10 minutes from any real shelter at times so please "Hope for sun but prepare for rain" and keep everything crossed.
    See you all tomorrow. Elsa

    April 26, 2014

  • Katrina C.

    Sorry I decided to put the day trip out tomorrow too many busy days makes Kat a very tired woman! So I'm going to give it a miss also got a busy couple of days renovating house in preparation to open home for a few weeks time.. Have fun :)

    April 26, 2014

  • Paul T.

    I'm afraid I'll have to drop our. Happy hunting all.

    April 25, 2014

  • Laurence B.

    Elsa, re placing decorative trophy antlers in ones lounge, Moonraker advises me that it is usually not a good idea to look at the mantlepiece whilst stoking the fire and I was also wondering whether the 7 year old boy who beat you to finding that trophy antler is out of hospital yet?

    1 · April 19, 2014

    • Moonraker

      Prakash you're talking bull again.

      April 25, 2014

    • Prakash

      No, not bull, bars. I'll have a pint of Stella thanks.

      April 25, 2014

  • Elsa

    I've just heard that there will be Saxon Camp at Dyrham on the 27th by the Wulfheodenas Living History group. They are really interesting and engaging people who live like Saxons for the weekend. If the deer don't oblige with their antlers then this will be a fantastic plan B.

    2 · April 17, 2014

  • Elsa

    A beautiful day at Dyrham today. The bucks have begun to lose their antlers (3 sets so far). It usually takes 2-3 weeks for them all to be shed so fingers crossed there will be some left for us to find in a fortnight. See you all then. Elsa

    2 · April 13, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Is this ok? My friend loves Dryham Park!

    April 1, 2014

  • Vanessa E.

    Sorry I can't make this event but would have liked to join you.

    March 13, 2014

    • Vanessa E.

      Hi Elsa

      March 14, 2014

    • Vanessa E.

      Thank you for your tip. I didn't know they had rangers there and it's interesting to know. Hope your event goes well.

      March 14, 2014

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