Weston Park is celebrating the Year of the Dragon with a range of activities during the February Half Term.
The stately home has teamed up with the Telford-based CultureKind Chinese Community for the special week of activity. It marks the lunar new year which falls on February 10th.
In half term week there will be lantern making in the prestigious Rose Paterson Art Gallery. A special lantern parade will take place on the evening of February 16. The lantern makers will be invited to a ‘Follow the Dragon’ parade, taking their lit lanterns through the grounds to the House at Weston Park.
On the evenings of February 17th and 18th, the House will be open with its historic rooms atmospherically lit by the lanterns. Visitors will have the chance to see the magnificent rooms in a new light. On February 13th there will also be special guided tours of the House and its collection. They focus on an in-depth look at the Chinese ceramic, furniture, wallpaper and other works of art.
Chinese New Year activities
‘’CultureKind Chinese Community have given us help and support to celebrate the Chinese New Year for the first time at Weston Park.
“We have planned a range of exciting activities including a month-long exhibition in the Rose Paterson Art Gallery from February 2nd to 29th.
‘’The House will be illuminated with lanterns made by local schools, youth groups and visitors to the Rose Paterson Art Gallery, encouraging engagement with the Chinese items in the collection that we have in the House.
“The East Meets West tours will be particularly special with the tour exploring what the hidden meanings of the Chinese items in the collection are.”Gareth Williams, Curator and Head of Learning at Weston Park
Weston Park’s celebrations fall within the period of the Chinese New Year. The lantern celebration being slightly ahead of the actual Chinese date of the Lantern Festival.
🐐 The House will be open from 4pm – 7pm on February 17 and 18.
🐐 The East meets West House Tours take place on February 13 at 11am and 2:30pm. Tickets