Fizz Festivals visited many venues around Shropshire and Staffordshire to find the perfect location to hold a classical music festival based on the Last Night of the Proms, and it was Chetwynd Deer Park which stole our hearts!
Situated on the outskirts of Newport, Shropshire, Chetwynd Deer Park has more than 100 acres of rolling parkland, with its own lake and a wealth of stunning trees and wildlife. The park’s history can be traced back as far as the Domesday Book. In fact, it is thought to have been the home of Lady Godiva at one point.
But Chetwynd Deer Park’s connection with significant historical figures doesn’t stop there. It is believed that King Charles I stayed in Chetwynd Manor within the grounds of Chetwynd Deer Park in 1645.
In the 19th century, the park was filled with deciduous trees including oak, beech, wych, elm, horse chestnuts and Spanish chestnuts, and some crab apples. These magnificent trees create a truly magical atmosphere which is even more enchanting at dusk. Chetwynd Deer Park is also home to an array of wildlife including shoveler, wigeon, goosander all three species of woodpecker, nuthatch, treecreeper, raven, and buzzard.
But, on 9th September, Chetwynd Deer Park, considered to be one of the finest showgrounds in the country, will also be home to an array of outstanding musicians and vocalists, performing music reminiscent of the Last Night of the Proms. The park will be filled with families and groups of friends enjoying picnics, delicious food, children’s activities, three bars and of course, fabulous music.
Chetwynd Deer Park is easily accessible from Newport, Shrewsbury, Whitchurch, Wolverhampton, Eccleshall and Stafford and is just off the A41. Its well known as the venue for the annual Newport Show and is often referred to as 'Newport Showground' for this reason. With ample free parking for everyone, as well as pedestrian access for those travelling on foot from Newport, it’s the perfect setting for Proms & Prosecco in the Park. After all, if its good enough for Charles I it’s good enough for us!