The splendid Jacobethan-style house Arley Hall near Northwich in Cheshire, will be one of venues next year that will be hosting the BBC’s Antiques Roadshow in 2016.
The Hall, surrounded by stunning formal gardens created over the last 250 years by successive generations of the same family, will play host to the Roadshow, now in its thirty ninth year on the 1st June.
In 2015 almost 35,000 people attended an Antiques Roadshow filming day and brought fascinating finds, including a jacket belonging to former US president JFK, a musical penknife valued at £80,000, a sketch believed to be by Picasso (bought for a few pounds in a house clearance sale), and a precious toy panda that once flew with the Dambusters.
Other places that the show will be visiting include Holker Hall and Gardens situated at the heart of 18,000 acres of rural Cumbria, the Hall and Gardens have been home to the Cavendish family since the early 1600s, as well as covering the country from New Lanark on the banks of the River Clyde to the Cornish coast at Trelissick.
Fiona Bruce, presenter of Antiques Roadshow, says: “The best part of working on Antiques Roadshow is that we never know who or what is going to turn up on the day. The visitors, the objects they bring, their stories and the location all combine to make a fabulous experience that we aim to capture for the viewers. If you are a fan of Antiques Roadshow, curious to see behind the scenes, or just fancy a day out, I would urge you to dig out your treasures and come along – we’d love to see you!”