Madingley Hall

Celebrating Capability Brown - 9 September

23 Aug 2016


Madingley Hall to celebrate Capability Brown's legacy for Open Cambridge weekend

We are holding a series of events on 9 September 2016 to celebrate Capability Brown's Tercentenary and the landscape he designed here at Madingley Hall. The events form part of the annual Open Cambridge weekend, which offers local residents free access to many of Cambridge's treasures.

A walk around Madingley Hall's Capability Brown landscape and gardens

Friday 9 September 2016, 2.00pm – 7.00pm

A rare opportunity to view the Hall from the easternmost perspective of this designed landscape. The 'Historic Gardener' will be acting the part of ‘Capability’ and presenting a display of Georgian Gardening. There will be an introductory talk by a member of the Madingley Hall garden team at 2.30, 3.30 and 4.30pm.

This is a drop-in event for all ages, and booking is not required.

Why not enjoy a light afternoon tea at a special 'Open Cambridge' rate of £5? Please book in advance for afternoon tea at

Capability Brown: managing his legacy at Madingley Hall

Friday 9 September 2016, 7.00pm – 10.00pm

The surveyors, woodland advisers, ecologists and gardeners caring for Madingley Hall discuss the life and work of Capability Brown and the management of his landscape today. Presented with Lockhart Garratt.

Book your place now - booking is required

About the Capability Brown Tercentenary

2016 marks the 300th anniversary of the birth of Lancelot 'Capability' Brown, one of the most influential landscape architects in English garden history. Madingley Hall is the only significant Brown landscape in the University of Cambridge's estate, and we are holding a number of events through the year in celebration of his life and work.

About Open Cambridge

For one special weekend in September, Cambridge unlocks its secrets and welcomes everyone to share in its rich heritage and culture. Throughout the weekend, a variety of talks, walks, tours and exhibitions highlight aspects of the city's history as well as gardens, trails, art and architecture. Part of the national Heritage Open Days scheme, Open Cambridge offers local residents free access to many of Cambridge's treasures. The 2016 Open Cambridge weekend takes place from 9 to 11 September.