Building the roots of Ickworth

At Ickworth this autumn we are celebrating our history of wood on the estate; how we use it and what is has helped build.

From Theodora, 4th Marchioness of Bristol’s role in securing Ickworth’s extensive book collection, to how our outdoors team manage our acres of woodland.

A child making a 'leaf angel' at Ickworth
Photo by John Millar

During September and October, visitors will be invited to explore the world both indoors and outdoors, from the books that were bound to last to walks on the life of an Ickworth Oak and how we use our woodland to help heat the House.

Children in a tree at Ickworth
Photo by Paul Harris

Children are invited to take part and become ‘Little Rangers’ for the day by collecting acorns to be replanted around the estate. During half term, the children’s crafts will use the nature around it including conkers, pine cones and leaves, turning them into creative mementos to take home.

A family with a dog on a lead at sunset during a visit to Ickworth
Photo by Tom Soper

Join us for the biggest weekend in the Ickworth calendar at our annual Wood & Craft on 6 & 7 October. There is so much to see and do, including the incredibly rare opportunity to buy quality Ickworth wood milled from across the estate. Find that perfect gift, (dare we say first Christmas presents!) and meet the Anglian potters to take home something uniquely hand crafted. Learn about different techniques for transforming wood into beautiful items with our skilled demonstrators.

A man with an old-fashioned steam engine and other antique machinery at Ickworth
Ickworth Wood Fair 2016. Photo by Ray Dale

Enjoy live music with locally brewed ales and delicious street food from our BBQ. Then watch as Oliver, the traditional saw mill, steams into action to demonstrate the art of wood milling. A truly unmissable weekend!

For more information on our programme of activities visit or call 01284 736270

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