Throughout Australia the National Trust manage thousands of historic sites, nature reserves, local museums and folk history collections with very little government assistance. National Trust membership subscriptions, fundraising events, and bequests make up the major part of the income needed to do this important work.
During this summer on one Sunday each month the National Trust SA is opening Beaumont House and gardens for a hedonistic and relaxed summer afternoon of fun things to do. Beaumont House is an attractive Mediterranean styled building constructed over 150 years ago for the first Anglican Bishop of Adelaide. It's set in elegantly landscaped and manicured grounds, and is the ideal setting for weddings and parties such as this.
It's best if you come before lunch, and then you can sample some delicious Adelaide Hills cheese, and fine wine from K1 Winery in the Battunga Country near McLaren Vale.
Each month select food trucks will be available to sate your appetite. For the more traditionally minded, great coffee and light refreshments will be provided by Bracegirdles. If you want to really treat yourself, enjoy ice-cream and strawberries on the lawns by Strawberries Galore or Devonshire teas on the veranda of Beaumont House.
Live music from jazz band Alice and the Wonderlands may lead you to dance away the afternoon, and the creamy calories that you consumed earlier. If not the Beaumont House gardens are a beautiful place to stroll and pass some time exploring or playing bocce - a traditional ball sport dating back to ancient Rome.
Summer Sundays at Beaumont House will continue on January 18, February 15, and March 15 - each with a different theme.
Relax and Enjoy Decadent Delights from Market Stalls at Beaumont House
On Sunday March 15 from 12pm to 6pm enjoy live music by 'The Carter Collective', browse market stalls including Suzie's Homemade Goodies, Bed of Roses, Wonder What You Are, Cards by Leanne Goode and Vintage Clothing. Picnic rugs, games of bocce and quoits are available free of charge.
Try street food food from La Chiva and Strawberries Galore food trucks, or have afternoon tea on the veranda of Beaumont House. Coopers beer, wine and cheese platters can be purchased from the Beaumont Bar.
Why not come and support the excellent work that National Trust SA is doing to support our heritage in South Australia. You will be helping to support their work for historic buildings such as the former Z Ward of Glenside Hospital, Ayers House, and their campaign to prevent the loss of Fort Largs and Martindale Hall.
To learn more about Summer Sundays at Beaumont House see the National Trust SA website, or call Helen on (08) 8202 9213. Entry costs only $5 per person, and admission is free for children under 15. The Beaumont House gates are open from 12 noon until 6pm. Each month there will be different fun things to do and new foods to try.
If you would like more information about National Trust membership, or free email updates about their campaigns in South Australia, see the new Heritage Watch website.
We went on Sunday and were surprised and disappointed to find that after we'd paid $10 for the two of us to get in, only the grounds were open and not the house. Lovely surroundings and it was a pleasant atmosphere, but we felt a bit cheated when you can't even see what you just helped contribute to the maintenance of. We overheard other people who had paid to get in, only to find out when reaching the house that it wasn't open, also expressing dismay. There was nothing to indicate the house was closed for some unforeseen reason, so after wandering around for a bit trying to figure out if we'd made a mistake, we left.