Heritage Open Day

Heritage Open Day


We know you will be amazed at our delightful museum with beautiful, tranquil gardens.  Free visit today!  And if this one visit inspires you to learn more, did you know that an annual pass to the museum and gardens is only £10?   Visit us as often as you like for a year during usual opening hours.

  • Heritage Open Day at the Cowper & Newton Museum:  HISTORIC HOUSE, GARDENS and GALLERY are open. (Please see our website for details of gallery artist exhibitions).  Heritage Open Day theme ‘Creativity Unwrapped’:  Immerse yourself in the delights of William Cowper’s letters and poetry, from a gift-wrapped box of his wonderful works.  Relax in our marquee, choose your letters and poems, and read them to yourself, or out loud with your family and friends.  Take them home to enjoy again at your leisure.  Children’s garden trail to include a small prize = £1.50.
  • Relive Georgian life at the home of William Cowper, renowned 18th century poet. Discover how his friend John Newton’s life and personal experiences inspired him to write the world’s most famous hymn ‘Amazing Grace’ in Olney.  Wander through the 18th century Flower & the Summer House Gardens. Don’t miss poet William Cowper’s ‘Verse Manufactory’ surrounded by medicinal plants and heritage fruit and vegetables.
  • Refreshments in the Courtyard – £5 includes a hot drink and a slice of delicious homemade cake.
  • Plants for sale.

Entrance is via the Museum Shop just off Market Place.  NO PRE-BOOKING REQUIRED.  Just walk in from 11am.  Last admission will be 3:30pm. The Historic House, Gardens, Gallery and Shop will close at 4:30pm.


Cowper & Newton Museum
Orchard Side, Market Place, Olney, Buckinghamshire, MK46 4AJ


Sep 14, 2023


11:00 am - 4:00 pm



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Our Museum building remains CLOSED.  We are opening our gardens on limited entry.  The Cowper & Newton Museum gardens will be open to welcome you on Wednesday 5th August 10.30 – 12.15 and Saturday 8th August 10.30 – 12.15

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