Looking back on 2018...
Date posted: 31 December 2018
Fantastic events, an exciting award and new offerings in the cafe - what a great year 2018 has been!

We're looking back at 2018's highlights...

1. The Palladian Bridge is restored

After a six-month long restoration project which saw extreme weather conditions, including the 'Beast from the East', our Palladian Bridge once again stands in its former glory. 



2. Scampston Walled Garden wins a Yorkshire in Bloom Gold Award

We were delighted to win a Gold Award in the Tourism Category of the YiB Awards 2018, which is part of Britain in Bloom. It was our first year entering the awards and we were delighted with the feedback we received from the judges, who noted that " the whole team have their heritage at the heart of their work".



3. Afternoon Tea is introduced to the Walled Garden Cafe 

Due to popular demand, we have introduced a delicious Afternoon Tea menu to the Cafe, which includes options for both adults and children. Our freshly baked scones are a real hit! 


4. Our Spring Plant Fair attracted record visitor numbers

June's Plant Fair drew in more visitors than ever, as the increasingly-popular event saw a fantastic range of stall holders with a variety of unique plants and garden products on sale. Here's to an even bigger and better event in 2019!


5. We enjoyed two Scampston Dinner Club evenings

Thanks to our fantastic Kitchen and Front of House team, we were able to run two exclusive evenings of fine dining in the beautiful setting of our Garden Cafe. Our first, with an Italian theme, featured a power-cut due to stormy weather - but this only added to the ambience! Fortunately, the power returned in time for the main courses! 




6. We received top marks in our Visit England survey

Exceeding 2017's score, Visit England awarded us 90% overall, taking into account our offerings, site cleanliness, customer service levels and tour quality.



7. Parkland events were a great success

Our parkland events programme drew in thousands of visitors this year. The ever popular Game and Country Fair returned, along with the first Steam Traction Engine event to be held at Scampston. Fantastic weather made our Classic Car Rally a fabulous day out for visitors and let's not forget the success of the Scampston Scramble, a dynamic obstacle course organised by Saint Catherine's Hospice. 


8. Record numbers attended our Christmas Fair 

On Sunday 2nd December the Scampston Conservatory team welcomed more visitors than ever to our increasingly-popular Christmas Fair. With a range of local stall holders, the fair offered fantastic Christmas shopping opportunities - with unique gift ideas, homemade crafts and festive foods available! 


9.The garden has 'never looked better'

As usual, our gardening team worked extremely hard to ensure the Walled Garden remains exquisite. With snow in March and a heatwave over the summer months, their expertise and passion were more important than ever. Non Morris, writer for Country Life magazine, stated this year that the garden had 'never looked better'. 


10. Children and families enjoyed the new play area

During the 2017/2018 closure, we spent time improving the children's playground area in the Fairy Forest, introducing a new climbing frame! During the 2018 season many families enjoyed this new additional to our children's activities programme.


As always, we'd love to hear from you! Please share your Scampston highlights of 2018 with us by emailing info@scampston.co.uk.