Virtual Bluebell Sunday

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We are delighted to welcome you to our new Virtual Bluebell Sunday experience in aid of St Mary’s Church, Wetherden and the East Anglian Air Ambulance.

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This year, our annual Bluebell Sunday fundraising events have sadly fallen victim to the Coronavirus lockdown but, not to be defeated, we would like to invite you to enjoy a ‘virtual’ tour through our beautiful grounds instead.

If you can’t visit Haughley Park, then we will bring Haughley Park to you! 

In return, we hope you will make a donation – if you can – to help our chosen charities. 

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At this time of year, Haughley Park is usually opening the gates ready for its popular Bluebell Sundays, inviting people in to view the beautiful carpet of blue in the woods, the lambs in the park and the estate’s lovely private gardens.

This year the gates have been closed due to the Coronavirus.

So we invite you to enjoy a virtual tour through Haughley Park instead, and then – if you are able – please make a donation so we can continue to support our chosen charities during this difficult time.

If everyone who enjoyed the Virtual Bluebell Sunday experience gave just the usual entrance fee of £4, we would reach our goal in no time! Please help if you can.

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A little something extra…

  • Our Bluebell Sundays are the biggest fundraising events of the year for St Mary’s Church in Wetherden. Adults pay £4 for access to the bluebell display and private gardens, with volunteers serving tea and cake in Haughley Park Barn.

  • The open days have taken place for more than 80 years and were only previously cancelled during World War II.

  • Haughley Park has a strong connection with Wetherden church as Sir John Sulyard, who built Haughley Park in the 1620s, was from the family who lived at Wetherden Hall. An earlier Sir John built the south aisle to Wetherden Church in the 1450s – it is known as the Sulyard aisle. 
  • This ‘virtual’ bluebell project is supporting St Mary’s Church as always but, in response to the current crisis, we have decided to use this special online event to raise money for the East Anglian Air Ambulance as well.


    This amazing charity is still responding to emergencies and saving lives during the COVID-19 outbreak and needs funds for additional PPE to keep its clinicians safe as they work. 
  • Our videographer is law student, Josh Nuttall. Alongside his studies at the University of York, Josh recently became a qualified drone operator and now films and edits projects for a variety of clients. This video saw him return to Haughley Park after camping on the parkland as a scout 10 years ago.

  • The music used is Amber Pull and Lion’s Drift, composed by Trevor Kowalski.