Events and activities at A La Ronde 2016

Saturday 23 July 2016, 11am – 3pm

A La Ronde’s writer in residence, Jane Feaver, will be on hand to encourage visitors to write postcards for a postcard competition as if they were the Parminter cousins on their Grand Tour. The competition will culminate in an exhibition of postcards in October and Jane will be picking winners from the following categories:

Under 10’s, 11 – 13 years, 14 – 17 years and adults.

Saturday 23 July 2016, from 6pm

An audience with Lucinda Lambton.

Lucinda Lambton is a writer, photographer and broadcaster.  She has researched, written and presented some 55 films for the BBC as well as approximately 25 for ITV.  They include On The Throne – The History of the Lavatory; The Great North Road – the architectural wonders from Edinburgh to London; A Cabinet of Curiosities – of strange collections – such as jewels made from the thighs of flies – that were the foundations of Britain’s museums; The Other House of Windsor – The Duke and Duchess of Windsor’s house in Paris.

Tickets cost £15.00pp plus a £0.75 booking fee and are available at:

Sunday 24 July 2016, 11am – 3pm

Storytelling from 11am, for adults and children, by David Heathfield.

For every shell, feather and mosaic the Parminter cousins built into their new sixteen sided home, there are stories to tell.  Join David to be enchanted by folk tales commonly told among young local artisans, guides and hawkers who made, gave and sold Jane, Elizabeth and Mary Parminter these mementoes on their grand tour through France, Italy, Germany, Switzerland, Spain and Portugal.  Visitors are free to join in as they wish, each session starting with David sounding his conch shell.

Monday 25 July 2016, 11am – 4pm

Come and enjoy demonstrations on book binding with the Society of Book Binders.

We are also lucky enough to have Jo Hughes, Books and Library Materials Conservator in with demonstrations on book conservation.  Jo trained as a Book Conservator at West Dean College for two years, graduating with a Postgraduate Diploma in the Conservation and Preservation of Books and Library Materials.  Jo now runs her own business and has been involved in various projects with the National Trust.

Tuesday 26 July 2016, 11am – 4pm

Children’s author – Robin Stevens will be doing a talk at 1pm followed by a Q&A session and book signing.  Join bestselling author of the Murder Most Unladylike Mysteries, Robin Stevens, as she talks about her mysterious books and shares some of the secrets of the Detective Society.

‘Book Worms’ children’s crafts will also be available during the day in the marquee.

Wednesday 27 July 2016, 11am – 4pm

Come and learn how to make crafts from books and watch a Calligraphy demonstration by Ann Brightmore-Armour.  Learn a new skill and be creative with these upcycling books and decorative handwriting arts.

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