Antiques Roadshow is coming to Caversham Park!
Quick! Get up your loft and start rummaging – BBC One’s Antiques Roadshow is coming to Caversham Park this Sunday 26 June! Yes indeedy, foxy Fiona Bruce and the team will be filming the next episode in the 39th (wowzers) series of the show at BBC Radio Berkshire’s HQ, Caversham Park. Apparently, the show was last in Berkshire about 8 years ago when they filmed in Ascot, so we’re well and truly due a revisit.
Now, even if this isn’t your cup of tea (which reminds me, I must unearth Grandma’s Clarice Cliff tea set from within bubblewrap mountain and bring it along) I’m sure you have a mum, dad, grandparent or friend who is a fan of the show and would love to go. I’m definitely going to take my folks, who are HUGE fans (though I think for my Dad it might have more to do with Fiona Bruce…). Anyway, I think it will make a fab day out. Apparently anyone can come along, you don’t need a ticket, you don’t need to book, just turn up.
There is an element of queuing, but hey we’re British, we love a queue! And there will be a tea tent and a nice garden party atmosphere to keep everyone’s spirits up. Doors open at 9.30am and close at 4.30pm. You might want to get there a little earlier as I’ve heard people start queueing from around 8am. Filming starts from about 9am and the team films until 7 o’clock at night. As long as you get there before 4.30pm you should be able to see one of the fine arts or antique experts.
It’s also well worth having a wander and exploring Caversham Park too (the extensive grounds were created by Capability Brown). BBC Radio Berkshire’s Debbie McGee and Bill Buckley will be recording their shows live from the grounds, so expect to have a lovely chit chat with them too.
So, if you have an antique in mind that you want to bring along (no jokes about husbands now… try to refrain) start asking relatives about the story behind it so you’re prepared in case they decide to film you and your heirloom!
Last year nearly 35,000 people attended Antiques Roadshow in the course of the year. Fascinating finds included a jacket belonging to former US president JFK, a musical penknife valued at £80,000 and a sketch believed to be by Picasso and bought for a few pounds in a house clearance sale!
Clearly if you’ve got something incredibly heavy and fragile just take a picture and bring that along rather than doing yourself a mischief with that solid marble bust of Elvis. But if it’s something you can wrap up safely and bring along in a bag, then do.
If you don’t have an item you can just be in the background (remember to nod a lot and look very serious and try not to shout out ‘Yes, yes but how much is it worth?!’) But do have a look round your house and bring a treasure along if you can. Often it’s the people who just grab something off the mantlepiece at the last minute who end up being filmed. That Fabergé egg could be sat at the back of a cupboard just waiting to be discovered. I’ve checked, sadly just Cadbury’s creme eggs in the back of my cupboards.
All the details are here. If you manage to go, I’d love to hear how you get on. And, if you happen to unearth a small fortune, remember you heard it hear first from your friendly Berkshire lifestyle blogger. I’ll just take a small fee…