The Capability Brown Festival was officially launched on 25 February at Church House Westminster and included speeches from Festival Director Ceryl Evans and TV celebrity Lucy Worsley.
Over 40 members of the press attended the event which is the first ever nationwide celebration of the work of the famous 18th century English landscape architect, Lancelot ‘Capability’ Brown.
Guests experienced 18th century refreshments, known as Capabili-Teas, courtesy of our Head Chef Alex Bailey who baked hundreds of Georgian Gingerbread, Jumbles, Seed cake and Sally Lunns cake for guests, accompanied by authentic drinks such as elderflower cordial and green tea.
Jane Bevan, Managing Director of Firebird Public Relations commented: “Church House Westminster proved to be the perfect venue choice for the Capability Brown Festival Press Launch, and its central location in the heart of Westminster was a bonus as most of the media who attended are London based. However, we were particularly impressed by the staff at Church House, from the initial recce to the day of the press launch itself. Everyone was extremely friendly, organised and attentive, especially with regards to room availability as the event numbers began to grow. Particular praise goes to the Head Chef, who trialled our Georgian-inspired Capabili-Teas, which received glowing compliments from our guests and also to the entire catering team, for whom nothing was too much trouble. It was a highly successful day and we would certainly look to host future events at Church House.”
The Capability Brown Festival showcases a myriad of events throughout 2016, from textile exhibitions to geocaching trails and horse and carriage rides across Brown’s landscapes.
Brown designed over 250 landscapes across England and Wales, from well-known estates such as Blenheim Palace, Chatsworth and Highclere Castle (home to ITV’s Downton Abbey), to smaller sites such as Milton Abbey in Dorset. In celebration of this, 21 festival partners (including the National Trust, VisitEngland and English Heritage) have collaborated as part of the festival, which was awarded a Heritage Lottery Grant of £911,100.
To find a Brown landscape and event near you, visit www.capabilitybrown.org