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The Mansion Through Time

The Mansion Through Time, Ashton Court, 10-12 Sept 2021

At Home With The Smyths
Ashton Court Mansion 10-12 September 2021

Eastenders has the Mitchells, Bristol had the Smyths. Join us on a journey and meet the dynasty that gave us Ashton Court Mansion. Impostors, buried treasure, a lost ring and it’s even better than a soap opera because it really happened.

You’ve walked in the grounds, but how much do you know about the family who lived there for 400 years? All is revealed in this new outdoor family show for Bristol Open Doors weekend 10-12 September 2021.

Seven actors play seven characters, all with remarkable stories to tell. From high born to low born, from Civil War to Second World War, from Queen Elizabeth I to Queen Elizabeth II and from first resident Hugh Smyth to Esme Smyth – the last. Follow the Smyths and their servants through 400 years of English – and Bristolian – history.

THE MANSION THROUGH TIME is full of family secrets, buried treasure and an impostor so notorious Charles Dickens put him in a book. This show will change your view of Ashton Court — forever.


Friday 10 September 6pm
Saturday 11 September 11am, 2pm and 5pm
Sunday 12 September 11am and 2pm
Book via Bristol Open Doors »

Cast: Gerard Cooke, Naomi Richards, Rachael Fagan, Lindsey Garwood, Sheila Hannon, John Lomas, Kirrris Riviere.

Gerard Cooke and Kirsty Cox play Greville & Emily Smyth in Show of Strength's THE MANSION THROUGH TIME at Ashton Court 25-27 June 2021

Gerard Cooke and Kirsty Cox play Greville and Emily Smyth. Pic. Zuleika Henry

  • Meet: Ashton Court Mansion, Ashton Court Estate, Long Ashton, Bristol BS41 9JN
  • Takes place outdoors. Close to the mansion. Route accessible for wheelchairs. Toilets available.
  • Suitable for: ages 7+. Maximum group size 30. Social distancing must be observed with no more than six people together.
  • Cost: included in Bristol Open Doors Explorer wristband
  • Lasts: approx. 1 hr

Book via Bristol Open Doors »

Bring a picnic, dress for the weather with sensible shoes and enjoy the show.

Ashton Court Courtyard cafe / opening times »


In partnership with Artspace Lifespace Bristol Open Doors