VISITORS to Barrington Court near Ilminster on Friday, June 3 will be joined by the Wessex Military Band to celebrate the Queen's Platinum Jubilee. 

The concert and marching band will perform twice at the National Trust site: Once at 12pm and again at 2:30pm, with each performance lasting around 45 minutes.

The performances will be free to attend but normal Barrington Court admission charges will apply.

Visitors are encouraged to listen to the band while enjoying a picnic at the site's south lawn, either by bringing their own food or buying from the on-site café.

The Platinum Jubilee performances form part of Barrington Court's May half-term celebration of the outdoors.

On Monday, May 30, visitors will be able to join the site's ranger team and build their own bird boxes with provided materials for £10 plus normal admission fees.

The following day, there will be two birds of prey displays from Xtreme Falconry on the south lawn at 11:30am and 2:30pm (free but normal admission applies). 

Chard & Ilminster News: Children playing on the estate at Barrington Court. Picture: National Trust Images/Annapurna Mellor Children playing on the estate at Barrington Court. Picture: National Trust Images/Annapurna Mellor

The site's woodlands will host camp and bush craft skill sessions on Thursday, June 2, where children can learn how to start a fire and cook their own food (£15 plus admission).

There will be two sessions: One from 10:30 until 1pm for under-10s, and one from 1:30pm to 4:30pm for over-10s.

Stevie Bennet, the National Trust's senior programming and partnerships officer for South Somerset, said: “It’s going to be a busy week of activities through the May half-term holiday and we’re really embracing the outdoors at Barrington Court.

“Outdoor activities are not only a great way of engaging with nature but can be a way to build confidence and things like the bush craft offer a sense of adventure to young thrill seekers. 

“The added delight of celebrating the Queen’s Jubilee will mean that this half term is a particularly special one and we can’t wait to see visitors taking a moment to listen to the Wessex Military Band, perhaps whilst enjoying a bite of cake on the lawn.” 

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