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Reviews of Newnham Paddox Art Park, Monks Kirby

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Review by Robert Wrathall on 29th June, 2018

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We were aware of then Newnham Paddox site from an exhibition in Rugby Library some time ago about Dorothea Fielding, daughter of the owner, who volunteered to drive ambulances in WW1. We thought a visit to the Sculpture Park would link nicely with her adventures. We knew that the Newnham Paddox area hosted special events, like the Daffodil Festival. The directions on the website did not enable us to find Newnham Paddox. We approached the area from Monks Kirby and drove up a private road but saw no statues or signage for the park. As the road was quite narrow, we had to stop when a car came the other way. We chatted to the driver who lived in one of the "estate" houses on the park. He informed us that the Art Park and its statues had been dismantled some 6 or 7 years ago and now the park only hosted a limited number of specially announced events - like the Daffodil Festival. May I suggest that your present description of the Newnham Paddox be removed or at least changed to reflect what actually happens, a limited number of special events. Thanks.

Date visited: 29 June 2018

Review by Frank Wells on 8th May, 2017

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We did not manage to visit because it was impossible to find! The postal code in the satnav took us to a private road (dead end, no notice) which we took, but there was just a private house at the end. A resident of Monk's Kirby knew of Newnham Paddox but nothing about a sculpture park. We went to Willey and asked there as well. They had heard of it but didn't know how to get there. Signposting was mentioned as being available at the A5 roundabout, Pailton and Monk's Kirby but we went to all three and there was none visible. Quite hopeless. Spent over an hour looking. Frank and Chris Wells

Date visited: 06.05.2017

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