Fiona Bruce on BBC Antiques Roadshow

BBC One’s Antiques Roadshow has announced its venues for 2016, covering the country from New Lanark on the banks of the River Clyde to the Cornish coast at Trelissick.

“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!” – Fiona Bruce, presenter of Antiques Roadshow

Everyone is welcome to bring their treasures to a recording of the long running antiques series on the scheduled filming days. The beeb say that anyone attending will find it a ‘great, free day out and no pre-registration, tickets or appointments are required’.

In 2015 almost 35,000 people attended an Antiques Roadshow production shoot 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.

The Antiques Roadshow from Walmer Castle, broadcast on BBC One last November, was the highest rated episode in three years, achieving an audience of 6.8m.

The venues for 2016 are:

  • Thursday 12 May, Tewkesbury Abbey – In the heart of the Gloucestershire market town of Tewkesbury, this Norman Abbey was consecrated in 1121 and remains a thriving community today.
  • Thursday 26 May, Audley End House and Gardens – One of England’s finest country houses now in the care of English Heritage. stunning views across unspoilt Essex.
  • Wednesday 1 June, Arley Hall and Gardens – A splendid Jacobethan-style house near Northwich in Cheshire, surrounded by stunning formal gardens created over the last 250 years by successive generations of the same family.
  • Wednesday 8 June, Baddesley Clinton – A medieval moated manor house, owned by the National Trust, set in the heart of the Forest of Arden amid the rolling hills of Warwickshire.
  • Thursday 16 June, Ightham Mote – A charming, medieval manor house, garden and estate based near Sevenoaks in Kent, belonging to the National Trust.
  • Sunday 26 June, BBC Caversham Park – This former mansion and school is now home to BBC Radio Berkshire, BBC Monitoring and the BBC’s written historical archive. Visitors will meet experts on lawns first laid out by English landscape architect Capability Brown.
  • Wednesday 6 July, 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.
  • Sunday 17 July, Burton Constable – A large Elizabethan mansion near Hull surrounded by Grade II* listed, Capability Brown-designed parkland owned by the Burton Constable Foundation.
  • Thursday 28 July, New Lanark World Heritage Site – A world heritage site that celebrates industrial history; the Antiques Roadshow team will meet visitors in the heart of this 18th century mill village.
  • Wednesday 7 September, Pembroke Castle – A medieval castle in Pembrokeshire. Standing beside the River Cleddau and the seat of a succession of major barons, it has had a leading role in shaping Britain’s history.
  • Thursday 15 September, Trelissick – A National Trust property set in one of the most amazing natural settings in the country. The house is situated in 30 acres of elevated gardens on its own peninsula, with ever-changing views of the estuary of the River Fal.
  • Sunday 25 September, University of London – This landmark Art Deco building was University of London’s first permanent home. One of our hosts for the day, SOAS, will be celebrating its centenary in 2016.

The Antiques Roadshow’s much-loved team of experts includes many of Britain’s leading antiques and fine arts specialists, and they are all looking forward to visiting this list of fascinating venues. At each event more than 30 experts will be on hand to offer free advice and valuations to visitors, who are invited to raid their attics and bring along their family heirlooms, household treasures and car-boot sale finds.

“The filming venues for 2016 are some of our most beautiful and historic yet. We will be covering the country, visiting spectacular locations, unearthing treasures and welcoming thousands of visitors for a great, free day out. Our team of experts and Fiona love nothing better than hearing people’s stories and seeing what items they bring, so we hope as many people as possible come and enjoy what our visitors consistently tell us is a fantastic day out.”  -Simon Shaw, Antiques Roadshow Executive Producer

Fiona Bruce at Balmoral Castle for BBC Antiques Roadshow

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