Weddings, Awards, Fundraising … and Christmas at Upton Country Park!

16 September, 2019

It’s back to school for many of our younger visitors now, but what a crazy fun summer holiday it was! Thank you to everyone who came along to enjoy all our activities and events (and the splash fountain!), or to simply relax in the sun and make the most of the Country Park’s beautiful open spaces.

Now our thoughts turn to somewhat less hectic times, but there’s still plenty going on in the lead up to Halloween and Christmas.

Here’s our latest news and a few of the events we are looking forward to over the coming months …

Visit our Upcoming Events page

Heritage Open Day

This Saturday 21st September, 10am – 4pm

This year we’re joining the UK’s largest festival of history and culture and opening Upton House for visitors to exploreWe will also be serving cream teas, and offering guided tours of the house and grounds – tour booking recommended, more at our Events Calendar.

Wedding Showcase Day

Sunday 29th September, 11am-3pm

Come along to see the stunning Upton House set up for your special day.

We’ve just launched new wedding packages and we can’t wait to tell you all about them, and take you through all we have to offer for your Country Park wedding!


New weddings website!

On the subject of weddings, we are delighted to announce the launch of our brand new Upton House & Walled Garden weddings website; everything you need to know about organising a wedding ceremony and reception at your favourite Country Park is online now at

Dorset Tourism Awards 2019

Just this week we heard that we’ve been shortlisted as finalists in two categories in this year’s Dorset Tourism Awards – ‘Dog Friendly Business’ and ‘Business Events and Wedding Venue’ of the year.

We’re super excited; this is the third year we’ve been finalists and we’re looking forward to the awards being announced in October!

Discovery Project Fundraising page

£30,000 vital support needed for the Discovery Project

We need to raise £30,000 through public and corporate donations before we can submit our £1.9 million Heritage Fund bid. Can you contribute towards this exciting project? We would be so very grateful! There are four ways you can help

Book now at

Half Term Pumpkin Fun!

Daily from 26th – 31st October

Come along and pick your own pumpkin from our brand new spooky pumpkin tunnel, then carve your most creative designs into it, onsite with our friendly activity team in the Education Centre.

£5.99 per pumpkin, and booking is essential –  

Details at

From 2nd November through ’til 24th December

We have an activity-packed Christmas planned with something to delight everyone, from Festive Afternoon Teas to our popular Arts & Craft Fair, Wreath Making Workshops to Christmas Party Evenings, and of course there’s Santa’s Woodland Grotto … don’t miss out!

All the details and booking info can be found at

There’s more!

If you like to get active in the Country Park, we are hosting no less than three fun runs this autumn/winter – Glow in the Park, the MoRun Charity Fun Run, and the Lewis-Manning Santa Dash! The Lytchett Minster and Upton Floral Group will be creating stunning festive floral arrangements for you to enjoy in November, and The Gallery Upstairs have some fabulous exhibitions arranged, showing works by local professional and non-professional artists …

It can all be found at our Upcoming Events Calendar