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Trash or Treasure alert! Antiques Roadshow is coming to Trelissick!


Scribble this date in your diary: 15 September – then get up in the loft and start rummaging. BBC One’s Antiques Roadshow is coming to the Duchy. Foxy Fiona and the team will be filming the valuation day at Trelissick House in Feock.

Now, even if this isn’t your cup of tea I’m sure you have a mum, dad, grandparent or friend who is a fan of the show and would love to go. I’m definitely going to take my folks, who are HUGE fans (though I think for my FiL it might have more to do with Fiona Bruce…). Anyway, I think it will make a fab day out. Apparently anyone can come along, you don’t need a ticket, you don’t need to book, just turn up.

Last year nearly 35,000 people attended Antiques Roadshow . Fascinating finds included a jacket belonging to former US president JFK, a musical penknife valued at £80,000 and a sketch believed to be by Picasso and bought for a few pounds in a house clearance sale!

So, if you have an antique in mind that you want to bring along (no jokes about husbands now… try to refrain) start asking relatives about the story behind it so you’re prepared in case they decide to film you and your heirloom!

Clearly if you’ve got something incredibly heavy and fragile just take a picture and bring that along rather than doing yourself a mischief with that solid marble bust of Elvis. But if it’s something you can wrap up safely and bring along in a bag, then do.

If you don’t have an item you can just be in the background (remember to nod a lot and look very serious and try not to shout out ‘Yes, yes but how much is it worth?!’), but do have a look round your house and bring a treasure along if you can. Often it’s the people who just grab something off the mantlepiece at the last minute who end up being filmed.

There is an element of queuing, but hey we’re British, we love a queue! And there will be a tea tent and a nice garden party atmosphere to keep everyone’s spirits up. Doors open at 9.30am and close at 4.30pm. You might want to get there a little earlier as I’ve heard people start queueing from around 8am. Filming starts from about 9am and the team films until 7pm. As long as you get there before 4.30pm you should be able to see one of the fine arts or antique experts.

It’s also well worth having a wander around Trelissick. With acres of gardens, woodland and pastures s to explore, secret walking trails and hidden paths, you’ll find something to do to keep the kids amused.

That Fabergé egg could be sat at the back of a cupboard just waiting to be discovered. I’ve checked, sadly just Cadbury’s creme eggs in the back of my mine.


Trelissick, Feock, TR3 6QL

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