Posted on 29 March 2010
Pride and Prejudice (c) Chapterhouse Theatre
The hills surrounding Newtown will be alive with more than just the sound of music this summer, as Gregynog Hall, the historic conference and event venue nestling in glorious parkland in Tregynon, Mid Wales, is launching a programme of special events for 2010 to attract even more visitors.
Director Karen Armstrong is keen to establish a ‘G Festival’ at Gregynog Hall with a series of exciting initiatives designed to open up the eye-catching black and white hall and its grounds, which are run by the University of Wales.
The special events include a rock concert showcasing two local bands on July 9 and an open air performance of Pride and Prejudice by Chapterhouse Theatre Company on August 18.
The season of events begins on April 24 with the popular Friends of Gregynog Young Musicians Competition followed on May 30 by a Vintage Tractor Rally in aid of Wales Air Ambulance.
The famous Gregynog Festival, Wales’ oldest classical music festival, is set to attract stars of international repute to Mid Wales from June 8-20.
Estate manager Steve Griffiths will welcome visitors for a ‘Garden Exploration’ on July 4, taking them on a tour of the Grade 1 listed gardens followed by afternoon tea.
Local rock bands Up all Night and Rough Diamond take centre stage on July 9 with a concert in the sunken lawns. The gardens will be open for picnics from 6pm and a bar will be available. Tickets cost £12 for adults, £8 for students and children and £35 for a family of two adults and two children). Parties of 10 or more receive a 10 per cent discount.
In a change of tempo on July 18, Gregynog welcomes Mid Wales Opera for a concert performance of Donizetti's L'Elisir d'Amore - The Elixir of Love - with picnic interval. Tickets will be on sale from May 1 from Tel: 01686 441027.
Chapterhouse Theatre will perform an adaptation of Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice in the sunken lawn on August 18, with the gardens open for picnics from 6pm. A family ticket – two adults and two children – costs £35 with adults charged £12 and under 16s £8, with a 10 per cent discount for parties of 10 or more. There will also be an exhibition about Gregynog in the 19th century in the hall.
Prospective brides and bridegrooms will be heading to Gregynog on September 12 for a Wedding Fair and members of the British Driving Society will pay a visit for a carriage drive through the estate on September 26.
Friends of Gregynog return with a Young Musicians Christmas Concert on December 5 and 2011 will get underway with the annual concert by Alberni String Quartet on January 21, organised by Gregynog Festival.
On the first Sunday of every month from April, visitors will be welcome for a tour and talk about the history of Gregynog Hall at 2.30pm and the new courtyard café will be open for afternoon tea.
A new estate admission fee of £2.50 per car applies for all daytime events. To book tickets or to obtain more information contact Gregynog box office on Tel: 01686 650224 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please visit the website at www.gregynog.wales.ac.uk for updates.
For more information please contact either Karen Armstrong, Director Gregynog Hall, on 01686 650224 or Duncan Foulkes, public relations consultant, on 01686 650818.
Gregynog Hall is part of the University of Wales: www.wales.ac.uk