July 13th Wine Centre Opening Event

12.30
Arrivals / Welcome with a Glass of Toppesfield Bacchus, Rosé or Toppesfield Beer

13.00
Official Opening of Toppesfield Wine Centre by Duncan McNeill, leading UK Viticulturist

Afternoon events:

13.30 or 14.30
Vineyard Tour by Duncan McNeill

13.30 or 15.30
Tutored Wine Tasting by Mary Mudd, International Wine Judge

‘Posh Pizza’ and Toppesfield Beers will be available to buy from 12.30
Vineyard Quiz, Tennis, Table Tennis & Boules

Price: Adults £15, 12 – 17 year olds £5, under 11s free of charge. Ticket’s available to buy via eventbrite.


Saturday 27th July Michael Ayrton lecture by his biographer, Justine Hopkins

Michael Ayrton is a famous neo-romantic artist, sculptor and writer who lived at Bradfields between 1951 and 1975. Bradfields had a special place in Ayrton’s life because it was in the 15th century barn studio that he produced many of his major works, including possibly his biggest personal triumph, the Arkville Minotaur.

Justine is Michael’s step-granddaughter. She spent a lot of her childhood at Bradfields when her mother was Michael Ayrton’s sculpture assistant. She now works as a freelance lecturer in Art History for the Victoria and Albert Museum; Bristol, London, Oxford and Cambridge Universities; the Tate, National and National Portrait Galleries; Sotheby’s, Christies’ and assorted independent institutions.

During her lecture, Justine will focus on the artworks produced at Bradfields during the 25 years that Michael lived there and, weather permitting, provide a tour of the studio and the gardens.

The Wine Centre houses a photographic exhibition of some of Ayrton’s works from when they were displayed in the gardens at Bradfields; our sincere thanks go to David Oelman at the Fry Gallery in Saffron Walden for his most generous assistance in pulling together our Ayrton exhibition.

Price: £25 including lecture, glass of wine and a light lunch

Tickets available via: [email protected]

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