Father’s Day at Upton House

Upton House and Gardens, near Banbury ENGNNL00120110416145925
Upton House and Gardens, near Banbury ENGNNL00120110416145925

The National Trust’s Upton House & Gardens is playing host to the Warwick University Big Band on Father’s Day this Sunday.

The band has more than 20 members who describe themselves as ‘a lively and passionate student Big Band from Warwick University; musicians who love jazz and take pride in performing swing music to the highest standard.’

They will be performing on the terrace overlooking the lawns at Upton House and be playing throughout the afternoon giving all those wanting a glass of Pimm’s or champagne from the Upton bar a chance to relax and enjoy the music.

Complementing them will be more than 20 pre-war Triumph cars on the front drive.

The cars are coming from all over the country and will help create the 1930s atmosphere for which Upton is renowned.

Andrew Overton, assistant visitor services manager, said: “We are just delighted to have the band with us and were so pleased that they kindly offered their services to entertain our visitors.

“With the Triumphs on the front drive there will be something for everyone to enjoy and all at normal admission prices.”

Upton has also launched its new Summer of Music programme with a packed diary of classical and jazz concerts in the house and on the terrace .

The flagship event is Upton’s big Jazz Party on July 12. A jazz band will play as the dancers perform their lively period jives and the Charleston.

On Friday, July 4, award-winning violinist Sarah Sew will take the stage and on Friday, September 5, Anthony Brown, a highly acclaimed saxophonist, will give a concert of classical sax music.

Details of all events, opening times and dates are available at www.nationaltrust.org.ukuptonhouse